Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyers
Sound legal advice for injury clients throughout Western Pennsylvania
Every year, thousands of people in Pennsylvania die because of accidents, and even more suffer serious injuries. When those accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation for your lost wages, your medical bills, and even your pain and suffering through the court system. But the court system can be tough to navigate on your own, especially when you’re injured.
That’s where Carmody and Ging, Attorneys at Law come in. For more than 30 years, our personal injury lawyers have served the people of Pittsburgh and the surrounding towns with honesty, integrity, and dignity. We’re your partners when it comes to making things right again. We put our experience and skills to good use when you’re injured at a business while you’re working, or in a motor vehicle crash. Give us a call today to learn more about what we do – and what we can do for you and yours.
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What would you like to know?
- What does “personal injury case” mean, anyway?
- What kinds of injuries do you handle?
- Why types of injury claims and lawsuits do you file?
- Can you help me with a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Pittsburgh?
- Can you help if I get injured on the job in Pittsburgh?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pittsburgh?
- How much is my personal injury claim worth?
- Will I have to go to trial for my personal injury case?
- Can I afford a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer?
- Do you have a personal injury lawyer near me?
What does “personal injury case” mean, anyway?
A personal injury case is a type of legal action that a plaintiff (you, the injured person) files against a defendant (the person who caused you harm) to seek compensation for your losses. Most injury claims are the result of negligence: “A failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. The behavior usually consists of actions, but can also consist of omissions when there is some duty to act.”
Sometimes, you file a claim (a legal “demand” for compensation) or a lawsuit (a type of legal action that take place in court) against an individual, insurance company, or a business; sometimes, you file a claim or lawsuit against multiple people and entities. It depends on your exact case.
What kinds of injuries do you handle?
Carmody and Ging only handles plaintiff personal injury cases, which means we only work for injured people. The folks we help have injuries ranging from accident-related deaths, catastrophic injury or broken bones, and everything in between, such as:
What kinds of injury claims and lawsuits do you file?
The Pittsburgh injury attorneys of Carmody and Ging can help you with any kind of claim or lawsuit. Most of the cases we take involve:
- Vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, or motorcycles
- Construction site accidents that cause harm to site visitors, drivers, and passers-by
- Defective products, including auto defects and dangerous medications and devices
- Unsafe premises – often from negligent security measures – leading to slip and falls, assaults, dog bites, and more
- Medical malpractice, including negligence leading to birth trauma as well as nursing home abuse
- Bad faith claims stemming from “shady” dealings by an insurance company
Can you help me with a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Pittsburgh?
In 2021 – a year with less traffic than any other year in recent memory - there were 4,316 accidents in the city of Pittsburgh.
About half of them resulted in at least one person suffering some level of injury.
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Uninsured/underinsured drivers
- Road defects
- Work zone accidents
Whether you were injured in a multi-car pileup or a single vehicle crash, we have the skills and resources to help. It doesn’t matter if your accident happened on 376 or Forbes Ave, in a parking lot or on an exit ramp – we have you covered.
Can you help if I get injured on the job in Pittsburgh?
Under Pennsylvania law, injured employees can generally seek workers’ compensation benefits for their lost wages and medical bills. So if you get hurt on the job, whether you’re at your worksite or performing another work-related duty, our attorneys can help.
In some cases, though, injured workers may be ineligible for these benefits. If that’s the case, Carmody and Ging is here to help. Our team can discuss your options when you’re hurt and workers’ comp doesn’t apply, or simply isn’t enough to cover your losses.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Pittsburgh?
Most personal injury lawsuits have to be filed within two years of the date you were injured, or could have reasonably discovered you were injured. There are exceptions; you may have more time if you were under the age of 18 when you were hurt, and you may have considerably less time if your claim is against a government agency. The best thing you can do is call an attorney as soon as possible after the event that caused you harm, so that you’re not barred from making a claim.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Every personal injury case is different, so there’s no way to say “Your case is worth X” without first getting all the facts. But we can say that, in almost every situation, you may be entitled to compensatory damages – i.e., compensation – for things like:
- Your medical bills and expenses
- Your lost wages and loss of future earning potential
- Any property losses you sustain (like a totaled car)
- Your pain and suffering, including mental and physical trauma
- Your loss of companionship (sometimes called “consortium”)
- Any scarring and/or disfigurement you have suffered
- Funeral and burial costs (when applicable in fatal accident and injury claims)
You may also be entitled to punitive, or “exemplary,” damages. These only apply in certain cases, but we can talk about what that means during your consultation.
Will I have to go to trial for my personal injury case?
Maybe; again, it’s hard to say without knowing the details of your case.
The truth is that many personal injury cases will settle – but not all of them will, or even should. As your Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers, our job is to make sure that your best interests are represented, and that you’re treated fairly and justly throughout the process. If the insurance company offers you a fair settlement, we’ll tell you – and we’ll respect your decision to take it, if that’s your choice.
But sometimes, you get a defendant or insurance company who just won’t do the right thing. When that happens, the best chance you have could be taking your case to a jury. Carmody and Ging prepares every case we take for this possibility from the start. Other firms and insurance companies know this, and it often makes them more willing to negotiate with us in good faith.
Can I afford a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer?
You absolutely can afford an attorney from Carmody and Ging. We take all our personal injury cases on contingency, which means our fee is contingent, or dependent, on us winning your case. Only after we have won do we take our fee. You never have to put your hand in your pocket once when you work with us. Even your initial consultation is free.
Do you have a personal injury lawyer near me?
Carmody and Ging is located at 801 Vinial Street in Pittsburgh, on the 3rd floor of the Deutschtown Center building. We’re right across the street from Penn Brewery, and there’s plenty of parking onsite. If your car is still in the shop, there’s a bus stop on Troy Hill Road, around the corner. If you’re too injured to travel, we can make other arrangements, like setting up a video conference or coming to see you in the hospital or rehab facility.
Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers you know and trust
Injured through no fault of your own? Carmody and Ging is here to help. We’re a local firm with deep ties to our community, and we want to help you get back on track. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer, please call 412.281.2929 or fill out our contact form. Proudly serving the injured in Allegheny County and throughout Western PA.