Personal injuries are, unfortunately, all too common. The number of personal injuries that occur each year are in the millions. They most often occur in unsafe work conditions, while playing sports, in hospitals, and–by far the highest statistic–on the road. Not every personal injury qualifies for a lawsuit. For instance, most sports-related injuries are considered negligence on the athlete’s part. For some auto accidents, many workplace accidents, and most medical accidents, however, a personal injury is considered the fault of someone else.
If a personal injury was caused by negligence on someone else’s part, then the injured party has the right to open a personal injury case with a lawyer. If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of someone else, you should consider seeking legal advice. As you go forward, here are three things you need to know about personal injuries.
How Do I Qualify for a Personal Injury Case?
In order to qualify for financial compensation, negligence on the defendant’s part has to be proven. Sometimes negligence is easy to prove; often, it’s harder to verify. You can consult with your lawyer about whether or not your case qualifies, and he or she will help you pin down legal proof. Without that evidence, it could be difficult for you to get the justice you deserve, so it’s important to not get your hopes up until you know if the negligence can be proven legally.
What Does a Personal Injury Case Look Like?
While movies and TV shows depict every court case as a dramatic event, in real life, your personal injury case will be handled with a lot less drama. Most personal injury cases never make it to court and are privately handled by your lawyer, the defendant’s lawyer, and the insurance companies. Your lawyer will resolve your case and get it closed, and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. There will be very little hassle on your part, and if you qualify, you should be able to expect financial compensation.
How Do I Find a Lawyer?
When looking for the right lawyer to represent your case, you shouldn’t just call the first name in the phonebook, or click the first ad that comes up online. You should research your options carefully. From Red Bank, NJ, to Bend, OR, the right lawyer is out there. Never go with a lawyer who asks for payment upfront (they will take a cut of your compensation, if you win) and make sure the lawyer specializes in personal injury cases. If it was an auto accident, you may want to go specifically with an accident attorney. The longer they’ve been doing business, the better. See if they have good reviews, and find out if they’re in good standing with insurance companies. Since your case will probably be handled privately, with the insurance companies, you want a lawyer who’s on their good side. Choosing the right lawyer is the most important decision you’ll make regarding your personal injury, so research carefully before you settle on a lawyer for your case.