A personal injury lawyer is the lawyer you go to when you have suffered physical or psychological injury. The injury should be dues to carelessness or negligence on the part of the accused. The accused could be an individual or an organization.
Personal injury lawyers specialize in an area of law known as tort law which includes private or civil wrongs or injuries, including defamation and actions for bad faith breach of contract.
The main goal of tort law is to make the injured party whole and to discourage others from committing the same offense.
Personal injury lawyers help plaintiffs receive compensation for their losses, including loss of earnings capacity (due to an inability to work), pain and suffering, reasonable medical expenses (both present and expected), emotional distress, loss of consortium or companionship, legal costs and attorney fees. Personal injury attorneys also work to safeguard clients from being victimized by insurance companies and the legal system.
There are different situations that can call for a personal injury case. This does not mean that every case of injury is going to lead to liability.
Car Accident Cases
Car accidents spur the most personal injury cases in the United States. When an accident happens, usually it’s because someone isn’t following the rules of the road, or driving as carefully as he or she should be. A careless driver can (usually) be held financially and responsible for injuries stemming from a car accident. Exceptions do exist in the dozen or so “no fault” states, where drivers have to collect from their own insurers except in cases of “serious” injury. Learn more about car accident cases.
Medical malpractice claims can arise when a doctor or other health care professional fails to provide competent and reasonably skilled care, and a patient is injured as a result.
You haven’t fully recovered and you are being bombarded with medical bills plus paperwork from the insurance company. This could lead to a lot of confusion which might make you choose the wrong decision or sign what you are not sure of. When this is the case a personal injury lawyer should step in and there are many benefits to be retrieved.
Experience Assessing Claims: Personal injury attorneys are experienced with cases like yours and can tell you at the beginning whether it is worth it to pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to win your case, you can avoid the time and expense of preparing for litigation.
No Fees if You Don’t Recover: Most personal injury attorneys work for a contingency fee, which means that if you do not win your case, you will not pay attorneys’ fees. You are, however, responsible for certain expenses not directly related to an attorney’s services, such as the fees doctors charge for reviewing your records or being interviewed.
Red Tape: Complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and lots and lots of paperwork are common in personal injury cases. An experienced attorney can work through the maze of paperwork necessary to resolve your claim so that you can get on with your life. When you meet with an attorney, he or she will ask you to provide documents you have relating to your injury.