FAQ

Answers to Common Personal Injury Questions

At the Pittsburgh law firm of the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, our lawyer has 38 years of legal experience. We have handled countless cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, construction site accidents and other life-changing incidents.

Contact our personal injury attorney at (412) 453-3341 when you need clear legal advice and strong advocacy in any personal injury matter.


How much money can I get for my injuries?

Every personal injury case is different. Although you and your neighbor may be involved in different car accidents that leave you both with back injuries, the amounts you and your neighbor receive are likely to be quite different. The worth of a case is based on many factors, including the severity of your injuries, your age, your ability to return to work, your medical expenses, and much more.

One thing you can count on is that we will do everything we can to help you recover the maximum amount of money possible in your case.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

In personal injury and wrongful death cases, we charge only contingency fees. This means that our attorneys do all the work upfront, and if they are unsuccessful in obtaining a verdict or settlement for you, they don't get paid. Essentially, they are staking their paychecks on the belief that they will succeed. If we do recover money for you, our attorneys only collect a certain percentage of that amount.

What are damages in a personal injury case?

Although the term "damages" sounds like it's referring to the physical injuries you suffered, it actually refers to the financial compensation that you deserve because of the other party's negligence. There are two main types of damages: compensatory (which are intended to compensate you for what you lost) and punitive (which are intended to punish the negligent party).

Depending on your particular situation, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost paychecks and earning potential, pain and suffering, loss of consortium (your relationship with your spouse), and more.