Personal injury is the area of the law that allows victims of others' negligence to recover money damages from the person or company who caused their injury. In most instances, the victim does not have to have money on hand to hire a lawyer because most personal injury lawyers only take a portion of the award, if any.
Motor vehicle accidents, tractor trailer or 18 wheeler accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and fall, workers' compensation and many more.
No, in fact the vast majority of personal injury claims can be handled by a skilled lawyer without even filing a lawsuit. Even if a lawsuit is necessary, very few cases end up going to trial. Most result in a settlement before the trial.
The timeframes vary greatly based on the facts of the case. As a very general guideline, you can expect 6 - 24 months.
Yes, absolutely. This will have to be backed up with evidence, but it can be claimed.
Everything the client believes is necessary to compensate them fully for their injuries. It may not come in the form of lost wages, or repayment of out of pocket medical bills per se, but the overall settlement should be considered the victim's one bite at the apple.
This is best discussed with your attorney during the pendency of your case.
As soon as possible after your accident/injury. Do not delay.
Accident/treatment/claim/pre-litigation/litigation/settlement or trial/appeal if necessary.
In most instances no, but the facts of each case dictate a fair settlement.