What you Need to Know About Personal Injury

Have you been injured and someone else was at fault? Have you suffered because of it? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury. The easiest way to find out if you can be compensated is by talking to a personal injury attorney. Meeting with a personal injury attorney will help you determine whether or not you want to pursue a case against the party that caused your injury.

What types of injuries can I file personal injury claims for?

  • Car accident injuries
  • Dog bites
  • Defective drugs and/or products
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Work injuries/workers’ compensation
Regardless of if your injury was physical, emotional or financial, it is important to explore your case and what your options are. Don’t let allow your life to spiral off track because of someone else’s doing.

How do I know what my personal injury case is worth?

Many factors go into determining the settlement of your personal injury case. Different states have different laws in regards to who can receive compensation for what and from whom. Even if your state laws are in your favor, you will have to be able to prove how you were injured and how badly you were injured. A personal injury attorney can give you a better idea of how strong your case is. If your case is strong, it is possible to receive compensation for the following:
  • Emotional suffering
  • Expenses for injury-related travel (to and from hospital/doctor)
  • Loss of job or revenue
  • Medical bills
  • Other incurred expenses
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Why should I hire a Personal Injury attorney?

Quite simply, personal injury attorneys know your rights and will be able to explain to you more thoroughly whether or not you may have the right to compensation. Beyond that, dealing with an attorney of your choosing should be much more pleasant than dealing with the other party’s insurance company. You can interview multiple personal injury attorneys to find one who you feel comfortable with. This can make all the difference, at least emotionally, for you throughout the duration of your case. You’ll want to choose someone you think is professional and will work well with you. You won’t just turn the case over to them and step away. You will have to make many decisions throughout the process and want to choose an attorney who you are confident will work well with you. If your case doesn’t go to litigation, you may need to make decisions about binding arbitration or mediation. It comes in handy to have a trustworthy attorney at times like these where they simply have more knowledge in these areas and will advise you in what they think is best. The same goes when settlement offers roll in. The final decision is ultimately yours, but your attorney will offer their professional advice based on their background, experience and knowledge.

What if I can’t afford a personal injury attorney?

It is best to check with your local bar association but most states require written contingent fee agreements. What does this mean? It means you don’t have to shell out a ton of money to your attorney up front. Your attorney will be paid in direct correlation to how much you recover in your settlement. It is very important to have a contract, in writing, from the beginning that spells out the fee arrangement and any litigation or miscellaneous fees. By doing this correctly, you can afford a personal injury attorney.

When should I hire a personal injury attorney?

You should hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible for multiple reasons. The more recent the injury, the more evidence you will have to substantiate your case. Then there is the statute of limitations which differs by state. You don’t have ‘forever’ to sue someone for an injury. Your personal injury attorney will know the statute of limitations for your particular state.