There are various types of personal injury cases. These include, among others:
Slip and fall cases (premises liability)
Food poisoning cases
Wrongful death cases
Our firm handles all of these cases. There are numerous differences among these cases, but they also share some similarities. They all usually operate on the basis of proving negligence on the part of someone else. Also, in general, the damages in each of these cases include payment of medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Payment for these damages will vary, depending on the injury and its duration, along with various other factors. The strength of the liability or fault of the wrongdoer is also an important factor in the value of a case. For example, in the event of an automobile accident with clear liability against the negligent driver or his/her insurance company, that driver is not only obligated to pay the property damage, but also the personal injury damages. Thus, once medical treatment is complete, they should pay for the medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
It is therefore critical to never settle a case before treatment for
the injuries is completed, as the damages are not final until then and
cannot be properly assessed. Also, there may be an element of future
damages, such as future pain and suffering, disability or disfigurement
that may be applicable to certain cases and settling too soon will end
all those rights before they can be properly determined. It is best to
have an attorney help determine the value of a case before any
Also, all personal injury cases have deadlines known as a Statute of Limitations. This varies based on the type of case. If your case is not concluded by the deadline, it must be filed in a court with proper jurisdiction before the deadline or you will forever lose all your rights. It is wise to contact an attorney as soon as you have an accident or injury to learn all of your rights and to protect these rights on a timely basis.
Another similarity in all personal injury cases is the recent trend in the last several years for insurance companies to dispute or to attempt to underpay in every case. Regardless of the type of case, or the strength of the liability against the wrongdoer, values paid by insurance companies are down. It is critical to have an attorney alongside you during your case to maximize the value of your recovery of the damages you are entitled to in your case.
When To Consult A Lawyer
We recommend hiring an attorney on your side in
all cases. The skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer -- or at
least the threat to an insurance company that such a lawyer presents --
are worth the money you must pay that lawyer to represent you. You may
need a lawyer because of complex legal rules involved in your claim, or
the severity of your injuries might cause your compensation to vary
greatly from the norm, or simply because an insurance company refuses
to settle a matter in good faith. The following types of injuries,
accidents and situations almost certainly require a lawyer's help.
When an Insurance Company Refuses to Pay
In some instances, regardless of the nature of your injury or the
amount of your medical bills and lost income, you will want to hire a
lawyer because an insurance company or government agency simply refuses
to make any fair settlement offer at all. In these cases, something --
what the lawyer can get minus the fee charged to get it -- is better
Long-Term or Permanently Disabling Injuries
Some accidents result in injuries that significantly affect your
physical capabilities or appearance for a long time, perhaps even
permanently. Figuring out how much such a serious injury is worth can
be a difficult business. You will probably require some assistance from
an experienced lawyer to get the most out of your claim.
The amount of your accident compensation is mostly determined by how
severe your injuries were. And the severity of your injuries is
measured by the amount of your medical bills, your injury type and the
length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your
potential compensation increases, it may be worth the expense to have a
lawyer handle your claim and make sure you receive compensation at the
highest end of the range.
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless,
unprofessional or incompetent treatment at the hands of a medical
practitioner or institute, both the involved medical questions and the
legal rules are complex. They almost certainly require that you hire a
lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases.
In an increasingly chemical world, we sometimes become ill due to
the exposure of contaminants in the air, soil or water, in products or
in food. However, claims based on such exposure are difficult to prove
and often require complex scientific data. And because the chemical
industry and others have erected a huge wall to protect themselves from
legal exposure while they continue to expose us to potentially harmful
chemicals, the required evidence is very hard to come by. Get expert
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