An accident with injuries or wrongful death can be extremely frustrating for any family to deal with. There is a tremendous amount of stress put on you and your family and this stress can build when dealing with insurance companies and trying to pay medical bills and make up lost wages.
No one should have to be making phone calls and worrying how medical bills will get paid after suffering through a traumatic accident or injury.
At SMA Law Group, we understand how emotionally and physically painful it is to be in an accident. When another person or company has negligently caused you or a loved one to be injured, you have the legal right to just and fair compensation and other damages. You have the right to seek fair compensation for medical bills, damages and lost time at work.
Oftentimes people wait until medical bills start pouring in before they call an accident attorney. Or they think that their physical injuries will heal quickly and don’t call an attorney right away. It is important that if you have been injured in an accident that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
The longer a victim waits to call an attorney, the more difficult it may be to collect evidence and build a strong and winnable case. Our goal at SMA Law Group is to help you get the best possible outcome and maximum compensation so we can make a positive difference in your life.
We know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries.
The experienced attorneys at SMA Law Group represent clients through many difficult situations. We help people seek just compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering for several types of personal injuries and accidents.
We represent people injured in serious injuries, such as concussions, brain injuries, serious burn injuries, birth injuries, amputations, knee injuries, back and neck injuries and spinal cord injuries. Wrongful death, in either an accident or due to medical malpractice. In addition, we help people who have suffered other types of trauma and injury due to the negligence of another person, manufacturer or company.
Below are some of our most common types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, work-site accidents and construction work injuries, slips and falls, dog bites, premises liabilities, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and pharmaceutical injuries.
If you or your loved one were harmed in a car accident, we can help fight for your right to fair compensation for your personal injuries or trauma. Contact SMA Law Group today for a free case evaluation if you or your loved were injured in any of the following:
We are experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys who will help you to understand your rights and aggressively fight to recover damages.
We represent victims and their families who were harmed while working on construction sites and assist with wrongful death claims to recover the money you deserve. If you need to talk to a Construction Accident Attorney, call us for a free consultation. We can help you understand your rights and fight to recover damages through a workers’ compensation claim or a third party liability claim if you or your loved one has experienced any of the following:
The responsibility to maintain property so that other people will not be injured is that of the property owner. Unfortunately many people neglect their responsibility and can cause someone else to be hurt. You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries because someone else was negligent. Contact SMA Law Group today for a free consultation of your situation. Our premises liability lawyers represent clients who have had the misfortune of being involved with any of the following:
As drug companies advertise more and more prescription drugs to the public, widespread use of pharmaceutical drugs are being prescribed, as are “newer” or “innovative” medical devices. These drugs and medical devices bring hope of curing all kinds of illnesses. But with that hope often comes unwanted or harmful side effects and complications that the patient was not adequately warned about.
We represent clients and their families who have been harmed, injured or have died because of pharmaceutical injuries or faulty medical devices. Some common types of medical-related injuries or deaths include:
It is everyone’s nightmare to be neglected or even abused while in a nursing home, yet it happens every day, especially in Allegheny County, which has one of the highest elderly populations in the United States.
At SMA Law Group, we deeply sympathize with anyone who has gone through or who has had a family member go through such horrible treatment. We are experienced nursing home neglect attorneys in Pittsburgh, PA who will do everything possible for justice to be served and for the nursing home to pay for its wrongdoings and rectify the situation. Learn more about nursing home neglect legal actions.
When a person is sick or ill they are at the mercy of their medical providers and trust that these experienced and qualified professionals will do their job correctly. But we all know accidents happen and people, even medical professionals are often negligent or get confused. But that is no reason why you should suffer and pay for someone else’s mistakes.
If you or your loved one has been mistreated, abused, sexually assaulted or has received injuries or complications, or died due to the fault of medical professionals, facilities/hospitals, pharmaceutical companies or faulty medical devices, contact SMA Law Group today for a free case evaluation.
Our medical malpractice attorneys who will make it our number one goal to seek a fair payment for your needed medical treatment and pain and suffering.
Our medical malpractice work includes:
At SMA Law Group, we will give your case the personal attention you deserve and do every thing possible to get money for your injuries. We are personal injury lawyers who know when to negotiate, when to go to court and how to get you money for your injuries. We have a team of lawyers, investigators, and field experts who work together to build a strong case for our clients.
Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for you and the maximum compensation you deserve. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Each year, nearly 130,000 Pennsylvania residents are hospitalized due to injury, according to Pennsylvania’s Department of Health. On average, one Pennsylvania resident is hospitalized every minute. As you can imagine, the vast majority of these people who get injured have no idea what to do after their injury, let alone how to seek financial compensation for their injury caused by negligence, medical malpractice, or malice on the part of another party.
Our best personal injury attorneys in Pittsburgh are going to provide the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by our clients, but it is highly recommended that you schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers at SMA Law Group to get a personalized evaluation of your case free of charge.
Personal injury attorney fees vary greatly from state to state and depend on the complexity of your legal case. In personal injury cases, lawyers have their clients sign a contingency fee agreement.
Typically, attorney fees for personal injury cases range from 33.3 percent to 40 percent of the case’s total value. For example, if you suffered a serious injury in a car accident and the total value of your legal case is $100,000, your lawyer will charge from $33,300 to $40,000, depending on the conditions agreed upon in the contingency fee agreement. In personal injury cases involving minor injuries, Pennsylvania courts must approve attorney fees as “reasonable” before a lawyer gets paid.
Here at SMA Law Group, our personal injury lawyers sign a contingency fee agreement only to charge our clients if they win or settle. After hiring our Pittsburgh personal injury attorney, do not expect any upfront costs, unreasonably high bills, hourly attorney fees, or overcharging. We do not get paid unless we successfully resolve your case.
Contrary to popular belief, not every type of injury caused by someone else entitles you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. You may have legal grounds for a personal injury lawsuit if the accident or incident in which you were injured is clearly the fault of the other party involved.
In some cases, it can be tricky to determine whether or not you are entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Consulting with a skilled lawyer is often the only way to determine whether you have grounds to sue the other party or should pursue compensation through an insurance company settlement.
In many cases, filing a personal injury lawsuit is the best way to maximize your recovery and ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve. Contrary to popular belief, not all personal injury cases go to trial. According to The Law Dictionary, between 95 percent and 96 percent of personal injury cases are settled pretrial.
If you have reason to believe that your situation entitles you to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages, you have no time to waste. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations – in other words, time limits for filing your complaint – for personal injury cases gives you two years (24 months) from the date of your injury to bring a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system.
When the two-year period expires, you will be blocked from filing any legal motions. When it comes to suing another party for your injury, the importance of being represented by a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer cannot be overstated. In order to move forward with your personal injury claim in the state’s civil court system, your lawyer will have to prove the following elements:
If you are not sure whether your particular situation meets the above four elements of a personal injury lawsuit, do not hesitate to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 412-765-3345 or fill out this contact form.
In some personal injury cases, the injured party may feel as if he or she does not need a lawyer to represent him or her because his/her injury is minor. What these people do not understand is that some minor injuries can worsen over time if not checked, diagnosed, or treated properly.
In fact, many personal injury victims refuse to get treatment, thinking that their injury is minor or that they were not injured at all. Days or weeks after the accident, that “non-existent” or “minor” injury may turn into a serious injury or disability, when it might be too late to get medical attention. We have previously discussed the importance of seeking medical treatment after an accident in our blog.
Fact: if you do not get medical attention within a reasonable amount of time after your injury, proving that you are entitled to personal injury compensation will be tough.
Do not forget that many symptoms are masked immediately after the accident or another traumatic event due to a rush of adrenaline in your blood. The real extent of your injury will start manifesting when the adrenaline in your body wears off.
If your injury is minor, it may feel as if you do not deserve to be compensated at all. When a skilled personal injury lawyer represents you, you will be able to get compensated for any injury, no matter how minor or severe it is. Talk to a lawyer to determine what you are entitled to.
All personal injury cases are unique, and many different factors make you entitled to seek compensation for certain types of damages. In fact, damages from your injury might not only be physical or economic. Some of the economic damages that you may be able to seek as part of your personal injury claim include:
Some of the non-economic damages include but are not limited to:
Schedule a free case evaluation with one of our best personal injury lawyers in Pittsburgh to determine the types of damages that might be available in your particular situation. Our initial consultation is absolutely free. We do not charge upfront costs or fees. We fight for the maximum recovery and get paid only if we successfully resolve your case.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s no set formula or calculator to determine the final amount that you will obtain as part of your personal injury settlement or verdict through an insurance company complaint or lawsuit. There is a long list of factors that affect the total value of your personal injury case.
Some personal injury cases are worth $1,000 or less, while others can total $10,000 or $100,000. If your injury is serious or you have a disability, you might be entitled to millions of dollars in compensation.
According to Lawyers.com citing research by Martindale-Nolo, the average personal injury payout in the U.S. is nearly $53,000. About 30 percent of all personal injury claimants receive nothing. Typically, compensation in personal injury cases ranges from $3,000 to $75,000, though many receive considerably more than that.
Let our lawyers review each and every factor in your personal injury case to understand the scope of your injury and evaluate how much your personal injury case is worth.
Call 412-765-3345 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are available by phone, email or in-person.
Our Pittsburgh Attorneys believe in aggressively representing our clients while maintaining the personal compassion needed when counseling clients through difficult situations and navigating a complex legal system. Contact us today.