Personal Injury FAQ’s
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Personal Injury Faqs:
What is a Personal Injury?
A Personal Injury is any physical or mental injury to a person as a result of someone’s negligence or harmful act. Sometimes personal injury may be referred to as bodily injury. Personal injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. The following are some of the most common accidents resulting in personal injury:
- Auto accidents
- Dangerous or Defective Product Injuries (Product Liability)
- Aviation Disasters
- Professional Malpractice
- Workers Compensation
- Wrongful Death
- Toxic Exposure
- Home Accidents
- Dog Bites
What financial compensation can I get in a personal injury claim?
Personal Injury Victims are entitled to recover money damages for all losses and expenses they incur as a result of an accident. The damages may include the following.
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages, including Overtime
- Pain & Suffering
- Physical Disability
- Permanent Scars
- Emotional Trauma
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Loss of Love & Affection
- Mental Disability
- Property Damage
- All out of pocket expenses (transportation charges, house cleaning, grass cutting, and others)
How do I know if I have a Personal Injury claim?
To have a personal injury case, you must be able to show that you have been injured. This may be a physical injury or it may be an emotional injury. In addition, you must be able to show that someone else (the defendant) is at fault for your injury under a negligence, strict liability or intentional misconduct theory.
How do I know if I may need an attorney?
If you have been seriously injured or are unsure as to the outcome of your injury, then an experienced personal injury attorney should always be consulted before you give any statements or sign any papers of any kind and as soon after your injury as possible. In a serious injury case, you are better off hiring an attorney as soon as possible. Most firms offer a free consultation with no obligation therefore, you have nothing to lose by consulting an attorney before you accept the insurance company offer.
There is a statute of limitations that requires you to file suit within a specific period of time, depending upon the circumstances of your case, or else you will be prohibited from obtaining any compensation for your injuries. An attorney will be able to help you keep within the statute of limitations.
What is a Contingency Fee?
A contingency fee is a fee that is used by lawyers in most personal injury cases. It is contingent when the fee is conditioned upon your attorney’s successful resolution of your case. A contingency fee is paid as a percentage of your monetary recovery. The client is generally responsible for the out-of-pocket costs of litigation. Contingency fees are usually one third of what you win from the case.
If I have a personal injury claim do I have to go to court?
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court between opposing lawyers or by the insurance company. If a case does go to trial you most likely will have to appear so that your testimony can be heard.
How long do I have to make a claim for Personal Injuries?
Every state has certain time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” that govern the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit from an automobile accident. If you miss the statutory deadline for filing a case, your case is thrown out of court.
What are the Statutes of Limitations?
The statutes of limitations are time frames in which you have to file a lawsuit. When the statute of limitations expires on your case, you simply don’t have a case anymore. Statutes of limitation differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that for other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years, and the time begins from the time of the accident. There are some exceptions and an experienced lawyer can help you with them.
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