Common Questions about Personal Injury

There are often common questions asked about personal injury law, since it generally only affects a person after they have suffered harm, unlike other types of law that apply on a daily bases from crossing the street legally to obtaining a driver’s license.

What is a Personal Injury?

Personal injuries are any type of physical damage that is suffered by a person, whether it occurs through their fault or someone else’s actions. The most common type of personal injury is motor vehicle accidents, though this is certainly not the only way to suffer harm. When harm is suffered by an individual, due to the actions of another party this is referred to under personal injury law as negligence.

Negligence can apply to car accidents, but it can also apply in other types of harm, such as medical or dental malpractice, which is a form of negligence, defective products, slip and fall mishaps and other types of accidents where a person is hurt through no or only partial fault of their own. When negligence plays a role in the harm that is sustained the person can file a personal injury claim to be financially compensated for their damages. Annually there are many lawsuits filed for various types of accidents and personal injury laws can be very complex, which makes it important to consult a personal injury attorney.

Filing Documents for a Personal Injury Case?

There are documents that will be required to file to bring the personal injury lawsuit and the more information the person is able to provide about the mishap to their legal representative the stronger the case. These documents can include any photographs that were taken at the scene, eye witness contact information, medical records, a police report that was file and any other information that can help prove injuries were sustained and if there was a loss of income.

What is a Personal Injury Case Worth?

This is a common question after an incident that results in harm and one that does not have a standard answer. Every case has unique factors, which must be considered to determine what a case is worth. There is the severity of the injuries sustained, current and future medical expenses, lost wages, insurance limits, pain and suffering, plus who the defense named in the lawsuit.

While in many cases a lawsuit is brought against an individual and their insurance company, in some cases the defendant may be a business, corporation or government entity. All of these will help in determining what the case is worth and until an accomplished attorney has all of this vital information, they will not be able to determine the worth of a personal injury case.

What Amount of Time does a Case Take to Come to a Completion?

Each case is different in the factors that occurred resulting in injuries and the party who the lawsuit might be brought against. These and the personal injury laws make placing a time limit on a case impossible, since some cases will be settled in months by negotiating a settlement with the insurance company and others will go to trial where there can be delays. The other reason that some cases can take years to settle is the severity or if there was a wrongful death due to negligent actions by the defendant.

 

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