Personal injury lawsuits are filed by individuals who were injured as a result of another person's negligence. The majority of personal injury lawsuits are filed after an accident, fall or product malfunction. Personal injury lawsuits attempt to compensate the injured party for damages related to the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit and collect financial compensation. To find out if you have a case, contact our personal injury attorneys today by completing our free case review form.
To qualify for a personal injury lawsuit, the injury must have developed recently. Each state has a time limit, known as a statute of limitations, for filing a claim. If a claim is not filed within this time period, the injured party may be barred from ever recovering compensation for their injuries. To ensure the statute of limitations does not expire, injured individuals are urged to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following the accident. This can help ensure the statute of limitations does not expire, while allowing the personal injury lawyer adequate time to put together a strong case. Additionally, filing a personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible after an accident can improve the credibility of the case.
Although the grounds for personal injury lawsuits will vary, most cases will need to prove that the injury was a result of another individual's conduct or negligence. Also, to have a valid personal injury claim, the plaintiff must have sustained a true injury. For instance, if an individual slips on a wet hospital floor and breaks a leg, they would most likely have a valid claim. However, an individual who suffered a minor injury, such as a light bruise, after a slip and fall would not have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
An important step in a personal injury lawsuit is the collection of evidence. A personal injury lawyer can help their client gather evidence; however, documentation should be done as soon as the accident occurs, even before the injured party has the opportunity to meet with a personal injury attorney. After an accident, the injured party should record the date, time, location and details of the accident. Taking photos and obtaining contact information of any witnesses is also advised. For instance, if you were in an auto accident, take pictures of the scene and obtain testimonies from witnesses. If you were injured from a defective product, retain the item, as well as its packaging, instructions and purchase receipt. Lastly, if you were hurt at work, inform your employer and complete the necessary forms.
If another individual, company or entity is to blame for an injury, the court may award monetary damages to the injured party. The type and amount of damages vary depending on the plaintiff's injuries, the details of the accident and the manner in which the case is handled.
Personal injury lawsuits are concluded either through a formal lawsuit or an informal settlement between the plaintiff and defendant. In a successful personal injury case, monetary damages will be awarded as soon as a verdict or settlement is reached. The injured party will be compensated for a combination of the following:
If you have been injured, a personal injury lawyer can further explain the details and steps of a personal injury lawsuit. He or she can determine the validity of your case, explain your rights and help collect evidence to strengthen your claim. To contact a personal injury lawyer today, simply fill out our free, no obligation case review form on the right.
Our personal injury attorneys have handled countless personal injury lawsuits, including those stemming from auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice and defective products. We have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients and have the knowledge and resources to handle even the most complex cases. If you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys today.
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