Frequently Asked Questions
At Dattilo Law Offices, P.C., one of our goals is to help you understand the legal issues surrounding your case. We encourage you to ask any questions, but the following questions may help you understand certain aspects of the law.
- If I plan to seek compensation through an insurance claim, do I need an attorney?
- How do I know when to pursue an out-of-court settlement and when to take a personal injury case to court?
- Can I file a lawsuit after the perpetrator of the crime that injured me has received a not guilty verdict for his criminal case?
- I became ill after taking medication prescribed by my doctor. Do I have a valid malpractice case?
- I was injured on the job when parts from a new drill flew off and struck me. Is Workers Compensation my only recourse for pursuing compensation?
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Pittsburgh
To get answers to your personal injury questions, please contact Dattilo Law Offices, P.C. online, or phone our law office at (412) 391-6300 to arrange a free consultation. We take plaintiff injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning if there is no recovery, there is no fee.
If I plan to seek compensation through an insurance claim, do I need an attorney?
Our personal injury attorneys in Pittsburgh can often provide valuable advice on filing your own claim, but not all claims strictly require legal support. But if you feel the insurance company has unfairly denied or reduced your claim, we can intercede on your behalf to help protect your rights to the full compensation you deserve.
How do I know when to pursue an out-of-court settlement and when to take a personal injury case to court?
This decision depends on many factors, including the nature of your injuries and, to some extent, your personal preferences. Where an out-of-court settlement can quickly achieve fair compensation for the expenses related to relatively severe injuries, jury awards can be more generous, particularly if you suffer long-term or permanent disability. Our injury attorneys in Pittsburgh can help explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Can I file a lawsuit after the perpetrator of the crime that injured me has received a not guilty verdict for his criminal case?
The results of a criminal case do not affect the outcome of a civil personal injury case. In fact, different rules apply to each type of case, so evidence not allowed in a criminal case may be the determining factor in your civil case. We carefully assess the merits of your case based on the rules of civil law to help determine if it makes sense to pursue compensation.
I became ill after taking medication prescribed by my doctor. Do I have a valid malpractice case?
It depends on what caused your illness. While the doctor cannot always predict an allergic reaction, he or she can be liable when prescribing the wrong medication for your condition or failing to check for allergies on your medical records before prescribing. And, even if the prescription was correct, the pharmacy may incorrectly fill the prescription by distributing the wrong medication or dosage or by issuing improper instructions on the label.
I was injured on the job when parts from a new drill flew off and struck me. Is Workers Compensation my only recourse for pursuing compensation?
Workers Compensation does not allow you to sue your employer or fellow employees for your injuries. But if you suffer injury from an unsafe product, you retain the right to sue the manufacturer or other outside parties whose negligence caused your injuries.