Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney
Law Firm OverviewHoward F. Messer, P.C. offers effective personal injury law services in Pittsburgh. Our goal is to serve our client's best interests. Since 1971 we have advocated for injured people's rights and have worked to obtain maximum compensation for each client we serve. We strive to remain among the preeminent Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers, by constantly keeping abreast of the latest legal trends and statutes.
At our law firm, we pride ourselves on handling the tough cases. Difficult cases may involve issues of proving liability and damages, or may involve numerous potential defendants. In every case, our firm will fully investigate the facts of the case and find every possible source of compensation.
In over 37 years of personal and child injury law practice, attorney Howard Messer has resolved over 7,000 personal injury cases. In this time he has successfully resolved countless medical malpractice, car and truck accident claims, and cases involving injuries to children. The majority of our cases are referred to us by other lawyers and previous clients. Our firm takes great pride in the fact many lawyers and judges throughout the area have called on us to handle their personal injury cases.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Howard F. Messer, P.C. serves clients in personal injury-related practice areas:
- Aviation Accidents
When parties fail in their responsibility to safely operate aircraft, and serious injury or wrongful death occurs, you have rights to pursue compensation. At the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, including cases involving helicopter, private and commercial plane crashes.
- Brain, Neck & Spine Injuries
At the law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C., we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, including numerous cases involving catastrophic injuries to the neck, brain, or spine. We are experienced at providing caring, compassionate representation to individuals struggling to accept the limitations brought on by neck, spine and brain injuries.
- Car or Motorcycle Accident
High speeds and distracted drivers contribute to the increasing number of car and motorcycle accidents that result in serious and catastrophic injuries. At Howard F. Messer, P.C., we are dedicated to representing individuals, families, and children that have been injured in Pennsylvania car accidents.
- Construction Site Accidents
Have you been injured in a construction or remodeling project, as an employee or as a site visitor? Were you injured by the actions of a contractor or subcontractor other than your employer? We have helped hundreds of people injured by cars, trucks, crane collapses, tools and machinery on construction sites, as well as people injured from falls, scaffolding, trenches and other workplace hazards.
- Dog Bites
In the personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. you have found a firm that has successfully handled over 30 dog bite and dog attack cases. For every client, we provide knowledgeable counsel at every stage of the case. We will fully investigate the matter, and identify any applicable insurance coverage. We will pursue maximum compensation for each client, whether the case is resolved in mediation or litigation.
- Drunk Driving Injuries
With practice comes excellence. And excellence is most often needed both to favorably resolve car accident cases and to handle the complex legal issues that can emerge following a drunk driving accident. At the personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. we have handled thousands of car, truck and motorcycle accidents, along with numerous auto accidents involving DUI/DWI.
- Emergency Room Errors & Injuries
At the personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. we have provided emergency room error and medical malpractice law legal services since 1971. Our firm has long-standing relationships with expert medical consultants. Together, we can work to fully assess your damages, determine causal relationships between injuries and emergency room errors, and pursue compensation.
- Failure to Diagnose
At the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. we have worked to hold negligent doctors responsible for errors, and to recover compensation for victims and families of failure-to-diagnose incidents. Attorney Howard Messer has handled thousands of medical malpractice cases.
- Food Contamination Injuries
Our firm is experienced in investigating food-related illnesses and negligence. We have experience working with medical consultants to prove cause and liability. The result? We have successfully resolved dozens of food contamination and food-borne illness cases, including a class action case involving over 150 caterers, which settled for confidential six-figure sum.
- Fire and Chemical Accidents
Fires and chemical accidents often result in injuries that have life-long consequences. When many people think of these injuries, they think of industrial accidents. However, many household products have the potential to cause great harm. At Howard F. Messer, P.C., we are committed to representing individuals and families injured as a result of fire and chemical accidents.
- Injury at Work & Workers' Compensation
We help injured workers with all aspects of a workers' compensation claim. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients whose claims have been denied, as well as people ordered to return to work before their injuries have healed. We are dedicated to doing what is right for each client we represent.
- Legal Malpractice
Our representative cases: Representation of a man against an attorney for expired statute of limitations; Representation of property owners against attorneys for failure to perform proper title searches; and, Representation of a family against a lawyer who embezzled settlement funds.
- Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases are complex. The State of Pennsylvania has implemented procedures that require law firms to file a Certificate of Merit, signed by a doctor practicing in the same field involved in the suit, within sixty days of filing the complaint. With over 50 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have developed relationships with a host of respected medical professionals that can help us get a case certified.
- Nursing Home Neglect & Malpractice
We have handled nursing home neglect, abuse and malpractice cases ranging from falls to infections, and from errors to blatant and ongoing sexual abuse in group homes. When your loved one is injured under the care of a care facility, you have the right to pursue the compensation your loved one deserves. To discuss your nursing home negligence and malpractice questions with an experienced lawyer, contact Howard F. Messer, P.C. for a no-charge discussion.
- Pedestrian Accidents
We have recovered multiple six-figure settlements for pedestrian accidents. Did the driver who hit you claim not to have seen you? Were you hit in a crosswalk? Was the driver who hit you on a cell phone? Did the accident occur at night, in a rural location or on a street with no sidewalk? We have successfully resolved pedestrian accident cases involving a broad range of circumstances.
- Premises Liability Injuries
We are experienced in resolving all outstanding issues in premises liability claims and in recovering maximum compensation for our clients. We can fight for your rights in premises liability accidents occurring from a broad range of problems, including: Inadequate security, Inadequate lighting, Fail to maintain property, Failure to warn of dangerous conditions, and, Dog bites and attacks.
- Prescription Errors
If you have suffered serious medical issues as a result of medication errors, we can we help. A recent case illustrates our effectiveness in resolving medication error cases. Our client brought her young, infant twins into a clinic for treatment. Due to a medication error, the twins sickened and died. After a full investigation we demonstrated that a prescription error caused the deaths. We settled the case out of court for a confidential amount.
- Recreational Vehicle Accidents
An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide invaluable help following a recreational vehicle or boat accident. At the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, personal injury law firm of Howard F. Messer, P.C. we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, including numerous cases involving off-road and recreational vehicles.
- Surgical Errors & Injuries
Do not accept doctors' excuses for nerve damage, post-surgical infections, anesthesia errors and other preventable errors. If you have questions regarding surgical errors and injuries, contact a lawyer who is listed in the Who's Who of American Law and is listed as a "Preeminent Lawyer in America" with Martindale-Hubbell.
- Train & Railroad Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train-related accident, we can help. We have handled numerous train and rail accident cases, including multiple wrongful death accidents. In one case, poorly secured freight came loose and struck two boys who were walking along the tracks. Tragically, both boys were killed. We investigated the case and settled the case for a sizeable sum against the negligent railroad.
- Trucking Accident
Commercial vehicle and truck accidents cannot be handled the same as car accidents. State, federal, and local laws regulate trucking companies and truck drivers and hold them to a higher standard of care than other drivers. When drivers do not meet that standard of care, we work to help ensure they are held liable for any resulting injuries.
- Unsafe, Dangerous, Toys & Products
Product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers have an obligation to produce and sell products that are safe for their intended purpose and any reasonably foreseeable use. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with engineering, manufacturing, and product design experts to help us demonstrate liability in defective product litigation.
- Work, Industrial Accidents & Mining Accidents
Our attorneys have significant experience representing clients injured in industrial and mining accidents, including representing several of the miners trapped underground at Quecreek. We have handled injury cases resulting from explosions, chemical burns, pit collapses, and fires. Many of these injuries occur when companies fail to adequately train workers, fail to install proper safety equipment, or fail to perform routine safety inspections.
- Wrongful Death
The death of a family member is always difficult. When the death was avoidable and preventable and the result of negligence, it is tragic. At Howard F. Messer, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we represent families dealing with the tragic consequences of a wrongful death. While we understand that no financial award can compensate for the loss of a parent, child or spouse, we also recognize that medical bills, funeral expenses, and the loss of financial support can have a deadly economic impact on families.
- Child Scar & Burn Injury
We take a special interest in child burn injuries. We recognize that facial disfigurement and burns that cover a large area of the body present unique challenges to growing children. In addition, visible scarring can have significant social impact on children. We are dedicated to ensuring children and families are fully compensated for burn injuries.
- Child Broken Bones or Fracture Injury
Bone injuries can occur in a variety of accidents, including car accidents and falls. At Howard F. Messer, P.C., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we have significant experience representing adults and children who suffer bone injuries as a result of someone else's careless, or reckless actions.
- Child Birth Injury
Our attorneys have significant experience handling birth injury litigation. A board certified emergency room doctor is on staff to help us analyze and understand the cause and impact of birth injuries. In addition, we have developed relationships with neonatal specialists and life care planners.
- Child Head & Brain Injury & Trauma
According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), more than one million children suffer brain injuries each year and more than 30,000 of these children have lifelong disabilities. We are dedicated to helping the families of a child with a brain injury get the full and complete compensation required to deal with the physical, financial, and educational issues that result from the injury.
- Children Injury
The world is a dangerous place for a child. Accidents can happen quickly and have lifelong repercussions. Our firm has represented families pursuing claims arising from a wide range of injuries, from birth injuries and personal injuries relating to daycare abuse and child sexual abuse. The lives of many children who suffer these injures are forever altered.
- Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is hard on parents and kids. We aggressively pursue not just the perpetrator of the sexual assault, but any other party that is negligent in overseeing the contact between adults and children. Our attorneys are committed to helping children and families hold people and institutions responsible for child sexual abuse.
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