Personal Injury FAQ
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another, but also arises in defamation torts.
When you have an accident, it is possible that you have sustained long term injuries. If that happens to be the case, you might be eligible for financial compensation. You will need legal representation to help you navigate the hurdles insurance companies place on your path.
Do I have to pay upfront?
No, you do not. There are no upfront fees or compensations unless we settle your case.
We represent our clients on a “contingency basis,” in which the attorney’s fee is a percentage of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation, payable when the case is settled. Oftentimes, having an attorney becomes essential because cases become extremely complex, such as in medical malpractice cases.
How much is my Personal Injury case worth?
Many of our clients ask us how much their personal injury case is worth. The value of your case depends on several factors, such as:
- How severe where your injuries.
- Insurance coverage limits.
- Loss of wages or earning capacity.
- Material loses.
- Medical bills, both past, and future.
- Pain and suffering.
Even though many of these factors may not have a clear monetary value at first, based on our experience we can offer an estimated case value. In order to properly asses your situation, we need to look at you case and all records associated with it.
What are the types of Personal Injury?
The most common types of personal injury claims are auto accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home, product defect accidents (product liability) and holiday accidents.
The term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical negligence claims every year) and conditions that are often classified as industrial disease cases, including asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma, chest diseases (e.g., emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease), vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases.
Injuries due to Negligence
Not all Personal Injury cases involve an accident such as a vehicle crash, some are due to negligence.
If the negligence of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party.
I had an automobile accident, what should I do?
Follow these simple guidelines when involved in a car accident:
- Call the police immediately. In most cases, a police report will be crucial to build your case.
- Do not give a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company as it can be used against you.
- Some attorneys will not represent you in the handling the damage to your car, we will!
- Do not call a referral service that only will refer you to a lawyer. Call a lawyer that will take the time to hear your case, and will represent you aggressively and personally.
- Take pictures of the damages of all vehicles.
- The value of you case will depend of the medical treatment received, the degree of you injuries, and the available policy limits from the at-fault party. It is not like some lawyers advertise on TV.
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