Personal injury claims involve two or more parties including the injured party, also known as the plaintiff, and the party that is alleged to have caused the injury, the defendant. In a personal injury claim, the plaintiff is seeking compensation from the defendant for damages. These damages can include, but are not limited to, current and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
In a perfect world, the person or entity that caused an injury would take full accountability and take care of the injured party. However, this isnít a perfect world and even if someone offers to pay for your medical bills, itís not necessarily smart to accept the money without first consulting with a personal injury attorney. Personal injury claims are not easily solved. Not only are there current damages, oftentimes, there will be long term damages.
Many factors must be considered when a personal injury occurs including:
- Severity of the injury
- The other partyís degree of fault
- The amount of insurance coverage
- Additional financial resources that may be available as compensation
Personal injuries are sustained under many different circumstances including:
- Auto and motor vehicle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Malfunctioning products
- Workplace accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Dog bites
- And any event where another partyís actions (or lack of action) caused, contributed, or worsened bodily harm
Not all personal injury cases end up in court, with many satisfactorily settled out of court. In fact, you may not need to file a lawsuit if both sidesí attorneys can work out an equitable settlement. During the process, both sides will conduct investigations, gather evidence, and negotiate. Medical bills, police reports, photos, expert opinions, and other supporting data may persuade the other side to settle, saving both parties the time, stress, expense, and risk of a lawsuit. While a fair settlement that adequately compensates your current and future losses is ideal, litigation sometimes is unavoidable. For example, the two parties may not be able to reach an agreement or the case may have implications that are better handled in a court of law.
Itís important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows when to push for a settlement and when the battle is best fought out in a courtroom; itís important that your lawyer is skilled in both settings, equipped with the legal expertise to protect your rights and present your side of the case.
We can handle personal injury cases at all levels from the relatively mild to cases involving dismemberment and wrongful death. No matter what type of personal injury you have suffered, how you sustained it, or whoís at fault, your first step is to call us today for a free, no obligation consultation.