WHAT IS PERSONAL INJURY LAW?

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.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES?

Motor vehicle accidents, tractor trailer or 18 wheeler accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and fall, workers' compensation and many more.

DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO GO TO TRIAL WITH A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SETTLE A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

The timeframes vary greatly based on the facts of the case. As a very general guideline, you can expect 6 - 24 months.

DO I HAVE A RIGHT TO CLAIM LOST INCOME DUE TO AN INJURY?

Yes, absolutely. This will have to be backed up with evidence, but it can be claimed.

DOES PERSONAL INJURY INCLUDE EMOTIONAL DISTRESS?

Yes.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT?

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.

HOW CAN PAIN AND SUFFERING BE PROVEN IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

This is best discussed with your attorney during the pendency of your case.

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?

As soon as possible after your accident/injury. Do not delay.

WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

Accident/treatment/claim/pre-litigation/litigation/settlement or trial/appeal if necessary.

SHOULD THE FIRST OFFER OF COMPENSATION IN MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM BE ACCEPTED?

In most instances no, but the facts of each case dictate a fair settlement.