What is Personal Injury?
Personal Injury means any way a person is injured by the wrongful acts of someone else. Personal injury can include all sorts of injury accidents. Everything from car collisions to plane crashes. It includes injuries on other people property, such as falls, electrocution, being struck by falling objects. It includes dog bites, and of course, intentional acts, where someone harms you on purpose. The list truly goes on and on.
When someone’s injured in an accident, what’s the first thing they should do?
No lawyer and no lawsuit can ever lessen your pain or heal your injuries. That is why you need to get the medical attention that you require. If you have any doubt a tall about the seriousness of your injury, go to the hospital right away. If you’re sure you can wait then your family doctor who you’ve trusted with your and your family health is probably a good place to start.
What should you do if you don’t feel you’re getting all the medical care you need?
Sometimes, especially if you have very serious or unusual injuries, you may require a referral to an ultra-specialist. An experienced attorney should be able to help you with this.
Likewise, if you feel you’re not getting care and treatment quickly enough from your own doctors or if you don’t have your own doctors, an experienced attorney should be able to help you with these problems as well.
what else is important for an injured person to do?
After you protect your health and well-being, you need to make sure that you protected your legal rights.
Why should an accident victim have to be concerned about protecting their rights?
When you’ve been injured by someone else’s careless or wrongful acts, the law says that you have a right to receive full and fair compensation for all of your harms and losses. Oftentimes, the wrongdoer or their insurance company will try to take advantage of you when you are at your most vulnerable, and try to lessen, or eliminate, your right to compensation.
How can someone guard against this?
Injured people are generally good trusting individuals and they think if they’re helpful to the insurance company, that insurance company will be helpful to them.
Are you saying that when the other guy’s insurance company calls, they’re not trying to be helpful?
We need to set the record straight. Multibillion-dollar insurance companies have one interest, and one interest only – to keep as much of their money as they possibly can and to pay to you as little as possible. In fact, the only reason that they’re talking to you is to try and get information that can weaken or ruin your case.
what do we do when they call?
If you already have an attorney, give them your attorney’s name and telephone number, and hang up, period. If you haven’t found an attorney yet, ask the insurance company to put their questions to you in writing. That way, when finding the right attorney, you can turn those questions over to them and they can deal with it from there.
To protect their rights, is it important for an injured person to get an attorney right away?
Absolutely. And that attorney should be experienced and specialize in personal injury. He or she can then take care of other worries or concerns and allow you to focus on getting well.
What are some of the ways that an attorney can help me right away?
Your attorney can prevent the insurance company from harassing you, so you free of their letters and phone calls. Also as I mentioned earlier, that attorney can make sure you get all of the medical careand attention that you require. And an experienced attorney will want to start right away, gatheringevidence, interviewing witnesses, and building your case.
once I have a personal injury attorney, how long will it take to win my case?
that’s another great question – and one that requires me to gaze a little bit into a crystal ball. You see, a wrongdoer and their insurance company arenever obligated to pay you until a trial jury tells them they have to do so.
What’s the likelihood of having to go to trial?
In the hands of a good personal injury attorney, the chances are excellent that your case can be won before trial. Depending upon various factors how the accident happened, the extent of the injury who the wrongdoer is your case can often be won soon after your medical care and treatment have finished and your condition has stabilized. Other times, especially if your injuries are severe or catastrophic there is a good chance your case will have to go into the court system. In these instances as well an experienced attorney can maximize the chances that your case can settle for full and fair compensation.
What if the other side refuses to settle and you have to bring your caseto trial?
As long as your attorney is an experienced trial attorney with a proven track record of success, your chances are good that the jury will find in your favour and tell the insurance company and the wrongdoer that they have to pay you, your full and fair compensation.