Top 4 Legal Questions Regarding Personal Injury

  1. How do I know if I need a personal injury lawyer?
    1. For long-term or permanently disabling injuries;
    2. or, because of the severity of your injuries;
    3. or, because an insurance company refuses to settle a matter in good faith
    4. some examples of personal injury claims are: medical malpractice, toxic exposure, when insurance companies refuse to pay and severe injuries that require compensation
  2. What type of damages can I get?
    1. Most personal injury claims receive compensatory damages, meaning the damages compensate the injured plaintiff for what was lost due to the injury
    2. If the defendant’s conduct was particularly awful or careless, punitive damages may be awarded
    3. Be mindful of comparative negligence and contributory negligence. Check with a local attorney to see if those apply to you.
  3. Is too late to sue?
    1. Depending on the type of injury you suffered and the laws in your state, there may be a short amount of time in which to file a lawsuit
    2. If you fail to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs you may be prevented from receiving compensation for your injuries
  4. How much is my case worth?
    1. It is nearly impossible to predict the value of a case until all the information has been collected
    2. Here are a few factors that can help influence the value of a case:
      1. The amount and length of medical treatment
      2. Economic hardship or financial loss
      3. Extent of physical and mental pain and suffering
      4. Amount of income or other employment benefits that were lost as a result of your injury
      5. Physical impairment and/or disfigurement
  5. Will I have to go to court?
    1. Most personal injury claims can be settled through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, without having to go to court.
    2. That does not mean that the process will be quick or inexpensive. These matters can often take more than a year to resolve.
    3. Some cases, do, require a trial.
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