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Frequent Questions About Personal Injury

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A personal injury case involves an individual sustaining injuries from a variety of causes. The most common causes of a personal injury include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and work related injuries. If another person or company is responsible for someone else's injuries, then there may be grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to determine if there is a legitimate claim is to contact a personal injury lawyer.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is the failure to provide reasonable care to others to prevent potential injuries or exposure to possible hazards. If a person or business fails to provide reasonable care, then they are negligent for someone's injuries. Negligence is important because a plaintiff must be able to prove there was negligence in any personal injury claim.

Do I have a Personal Injury Case? How Can I Tell?

The best way to determine whether or not you have a personal injury claim is to talk to a personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney will look at your case, gather all the details, and tell you whether or not you have a legitimate claim. If you do have a legitimate personal injury case, your attorney will help you move on and file an actual claim.

How much is my case worth?

To determine the value of your personal injury case, your attorney will need to review a few things. You can attempt to collect compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and in some states, pain and suffering. Your personal injury lawyer should take these factors into account as well as any future damages that may occur. It is not an exact science so chances are you will only be able to receive a rough estimate.

Punitive vs. Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are just what they say they are: Compensation for any and all actual damages that have occurred. Compensatory damages are damages for actual losses. Punitive damages offer additional compensation awarded to a plaintiff that is meant to punish the defendant for their actions and hopefully prevent further negligent behavior.

How Should I Deal with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies want to settle out of court. However, their goal is also to settle for the lowest amount possible. Therefore, in most occasions an insurance company will try to lowball you by bullying you. There are many documented cases where an insurance company will harass, bully, and try to break down a plaintiff in the hopes that they will settle. Do not deal with the insurance company on your own. Contact an attorney and fight back against the insurance company. They want to settle and get your case over with in a swift manner. If you settle to quickly, you probably will not get the compensation you deserve. Talk to a lawyer so that you can get what you deserve.

What are the Advantages of a Lawyer?

There are many reasons you should call a personal injury lawyer. Here are a few:

Will My Case go to Trial?

To keep it short, your case will probably not go to trial. In fact, less then a fourth of all personal injury claims actually end up at trial. In all likelihood, you will be able to settle on a decent amount after a few months. You may want to consider settling out of court anyways because if you head to trial, you are not guaranteed to win.

 

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