What is Personal Injury Law?
If you have found yourself injured due to the carelessness or intentional conduct of others, you may want to seek a legal remedy to help compensate you for your injuries. This is the basic intent of personal injury law, which allows persons to file a lawsuit in civil court to gain financial compensation for their injuries and other damages they may have sustained as a result of the accident.
What Situations Apply to Personal Injury Law?
In most situations where a personal injury lawsuit is filed, an accident has occurred that has led to severe injuries being inflicted on a person. These can include vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and dog bites. However, this area of law is not limited to these situations. For example, if you were a victim of assault and battery, were injured due to a defective product, or even had your reputation damaged due to defamatory statements, a personal injury lawsuit is an option.
What Kinds of Damages Can be Sought?
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can attempt to seek financial compensation for numerous types of damages. The most common is for physical injuries sustained as a result of the accident, since the result of this is usually very high medical expenses to cover the cost of treatment. Along with this, victims can also seek compensation for lost wages, both present and future, for being unable to work. And in some cases, a victim and their attorney will seek damages for pain and suffering, as well as other punitive damages aimed at punishing the defendant for their gross negligence.
What Type of Attorney Do I Need?
Because personal injury cases can be complex, it’s usually best to work with an attorney who specializes in these cases. Along with offering free consultations in most cases, these attorneys often require no upfront money from clients. Instead, they receive a percentage of the damages awarded to their client, which makes these lawsuits easier to pursue for clients who may be facing financial hardships.
Do All Cases go to Trial?
While some cases go to trial, the vast majority are settled prior to entering a courtroom. Because of this, it’s important to have an attorney who is skilled at negotiating settlements. In doing so, you can often receive the compensation much faster than if the lawsuit made its way to a courtroom.