What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is some sort of harm, either physical or emotional, caused by another’s person breaching their duty to act in a reasonable manner to avoid injuries to others. Common examples include poor driving leading to car accidents, slip and falls on poorly maintained properties, and work accidents.
How much money can I get?
Determining what a case is worth involves multiple factors and you should be sure to ask questions if a lawyer gives you a very specific amount. Generally, the law seeks to place you in the same position as if the injury never happened, so you will be able to recover for things like medical expenses, property damage, and lost time from work. Punitive awards are typically only available in the most egregious of cases.
Who can I sue?
The general rule is that you can sue whoever caused the injury. A simple example would be the driver of a car. In situations where the injury is not directly caused by an adult person, such as by an animal, a child, or a condition on a property, the parent or owner is generally responsible. If the injury occurs at a business, liability may extend beyond the employee who was directly responsible to their supervisors and/or the business owners. Of course, if any party has chosen to use insurance or another means to protect themselves, that party can also be named in a suit.
How long will it take?
Each case is unique and the length of time can vary significantly, but the one common factor is that the wheels of justice turn slowly. Courts are so overwhelmed that even a simple small claim of a couple hundred dollars may take months and a larger case may take years. Whether you are able to reach an acceptable settlement agreement or need to go to trial will be the biggest determinant of when the case will be over.
What if I don’t have enough money to hire a lawyer?
Give us a call any time at 1-800-324-7752. The initial case evaluation is free. If we believe we will be able to help you, there are no fees unless we are successful.
Do I need a lawyer?
The law does not require an individual to hire a lawyer to present their case. However, everything you do, from your interactions with the other party to how you conduct yourself in court may impact important legal rights and your ability to recover a fair award. Remember, the lawyer for the other side or the insurance company is there to get the best result for their client, and not to help you.