Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers Pursue Justice for Accident Victims
Pennsylvania firm litigates cases stemming from accidents, falls and dog bites
With approximately 300,000 residents in the city and many more in surrounding communities, the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is full of activity. However, as people go through their daily routines, accidents do occur when someone is careless. Whether you or a loved one has been harmed on the road, in a fall or bitten by a neighbor’s pet, Phil DiLucente & Associates, LLC is committed to making a positive difference for injured clients by attempting to obtain compensation from the responsible parties.
Do I need a lawyer?
Throughout Western Pennsylvania, we take legal action when needed to possibly attempt to increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome to your personal injury case. Our diligent attorneys will investigate your accident thoroughly, identify key evidence and locate witnesses in order to establish defendants’ fault. We handle personal injury cases, including those involving:
- Vehicle accidents — In litigation arising from auto accidents, our firm represents drivers, passengers and others who have been hurt in vehicle collisions.
- Falls — If you were harmed in a slip and fall incident on someone else’s property, we thoroughly review whether a potential premises liability action can be brought against the party responsible for maintaining safety standards on the property.
- Dog bites — Pennsylvania law holds that an owner is responsible for medical expenses when their dog injures someone. Don’t hesitate to seek justice if you’ve been harmed by someone else’s pet.
- Wrongful death — Negligence or intentional misconduct can lead to a fatality, our firm advises estate representatives and surviving family members on the damages that can be collected in a wrongful death lawsuit, such as reimbursement for funeral expenses and income the victim would have earned throughout their life.
When necessary, we’ll hire experts to help prove your case so you can present the strongest possible argument in court and before insurance companies. After assessing the circumstances, we will advocate to recover the payment you deserve.
How much does it cost?
You can start the litigation process right away without worrying about attorney’s fees or other up-front costs. We charge personal injury cases on contingency, which means that you don’t pay our firm unless and until you collect payment from the defendant(s). Following a verdict or settlement, our firm’s payment is based on a percentage of your financial recovery.
What types of damages can a plaintiff/victim collect?
After an injury, plaintiffs can obtain damages from a negligent party for the out-of-pocket costs stemming from the incident, such as medical bills and lost wages. These are referred to generally as economic damages. Pennsylvania law also permits reimbursement for noneconomic damages, such as the loss of enjoyment in your life and the pain and suffering you endured as a result of the injury. Our firm can outline how these amounts are calculated and how they might relate to the economic damages you are entitled to for your injuries.
How long does someone have to sue?
Typically, injury victims in Pennsylvania have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. If a child is hurt, the statute of limitations is paused until they reach legal adulthood, so typically they can commence litigation until they turn 20 years old. The clock is similarly stopped if the potential plaintiff has been rendered incompetent by their injury. Someone who could not identify immediately that they’ve been harmed may also have their timeline extended due to the discovery rule, which starts the statute of limitations when the injury becomes noticeable to a reasonable person.
Contact a Pittsburgh-area personal injury attorney to schedule a free consultation
Phil DiLucente & Associates, LLC advocates on behalf of Western Pennsylvanians who have suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional misconduct. For a free consultation, please call 1.800.GET.PHIL or contact us online. Our office is in Downtown Pittsburgh.