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What Are Some Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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What Are Some Signs That You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Accidents and injuries happen every day. A wide variety of circumstances and scenarios can cause people harm.
 
If you or someone you love has been hurt, you may wonder if you can file a valid legal claim. Following an accident, it is important to understand the signs that you need a personal injury lawyer.
 
Ultimately, it is a good idea to consult with a skilled attorney in the aftermath of any injury. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible and then speak to a legal professional.
 
There are many different types of personal injury cases. If you need expert legal representation, reach out to America’s largest personal injury law firm—Morgan & Morgan.
 
Since our firm was founded in 1988, we have successfully represented injury victims across the nation. We understand the financial and personal difficulties that injured people face.
 
That is why we provide new clients with a no-cost, no-obligation legal consultation. We will assess the facts of your injury case and help you determine the best course of action.
 
To schedule your free case evaluation, complete the easy-to-use contact form on our firm’s website. We will work hard to ensure that you receive the financial recovery that you deserve.

Understanding Personal Injury Claims

A personal injury claim is a legal dispute that arises as the result of someone’s accident or injury. If another person caused the harm that the victim suffered, they may be held legally and financially accountable.
 
In many cases, the liable person’s insurance company will be required to pay the claimant damages. “Damages” is a term used to describe the financial compensation that injury victims receive from the liable party.
 
After you have been injured, speaking to an injury attorney will allow you to begin the process of seeking financial recovery. There are two common outcomes from a successful personal injury claim:

Informal Settlements

Most personal injury claims result in informal settlements. This means that both parties agree to a certain amount of money to resolve the dispute.
 
Usually, the legal representatives of both parties—the injury victim and the liable party–will negotiate about the appropriate value of the claim. The victim’s attorney will fight for a higher value and the defendant’s lawyer will attempt to argue for a lower settlement amount.
 
If negotiations do not result in a successful settlement agreement, the claimant may decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Formal Lawsuits

Personal injury lawsuits are a type of “tort” legal action. Tort lawsuits are distinct from criminal cases because the consequences are only financial.
 
Injury victims can file a tort lawsuit against individuals, businesses, government agencies, or corporations. When a party’s negligent behavior causes someone to become injured, the victim can file a legal claim against the liable party.
 
If you know that your accident was the result of another party’s actions, it is one of the clearest signs you need a personal injury lawyer. Not every accident or injury requires a legal expert.
 
When you need representation, contact the firm at Morgan & Morgan for expert legal services.

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  • Common Signs You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

    It is usually a good idea to consult with an attorney if you have been injured, regardless of the circumstances. Still, there are some common signs you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you. 

    Your Injuries Are Serious

    If your injury or accident is severe, an attorney will probably be able to help. Oftentimes, the at-fault party’s insurance provider will offer a quick and low settlement to the injury victim.
     
    This is because they hope to avoid further legal action. A skilled personal injury attorney will ensure that you do not accept an inadequate settlement amount.
     
    It is important to know that insurance adjusters use specific negotiation tactics to undermine and devalue injury claims. The accomplished team at Morgan & Morgan understands the strategies that insurance company representatives use.
     
    We know how to successfully counter these tactics to get the full amount that you are owed. Many injury victims undervalue their own claims and accept insufficient settlements. Do not let this happen to you.

    You Experienced Long-Term Disability

    If you experienced medical conditions that are ongoing as the result of your accident or injury, it is one of the clearest signs you need a personal injury lawyer. Many injury victims experience chronic pain or disabilities.
     
    When this happens, the victim will likely face skyrocketing medical bills for months or years into the future. Many insurance providers will only cover a limited number of expenses for the victim.
     
    Because of this, you should speak with an accomplished tort attorney about your legal rights and options. A personal injury lawyer will review the facts of your case to determine the best path forward.

    The Accident Was Due to a Defective Product

    One common category of personal injury cases is known as “product liability.” This type of claim arises when a person is harmed because of a product’s faulty design or manufacturing.
     
    When this happens, any party who is responsible for the product’s manufacturing, design, distribution, or sale may be held accountable. Proving that a design or manufacturing corporation is responsible for your injuries can be complex.
     
    The accomplished legal experts at Morgan & Morgan have plenty of experience fighting for the rights of those injured by defective consumer products.

    An Adjuster Refuses Your Claim

    If you have been injured in a car accident, you will likely file a claim with the other motorist’s insurance provider. Unfortunately, many insurance companies are tightfisted and refuse to pay claimants what they are due.
     
    In some cases, your own insurance provider may refuse to cover the costs of your accident. This is one of the ways that companies bolster their own bottom line.
     
    An insurance provider’s refusal to pay you is one of the clearest signs you need a personal injury lawyer. When you believe an insurance payout is unfair, consult with a legal expert as soon as possible. 

    Liability Is Unclear

    Some personal injury cases are simple. When a reckless driver causes you to be injured in a crash, it is obvious who is at fault. 
     
    Other injuries and accidents are more complex. If you were injured, you may be uncertain about who is legally responsible for the financial damages that you suffered.
     
    In some instances, multiple parties or individuals can be held liable for the harm to the victim. An attorney can ensure that all of the liable parties are held accountable for the money that you are rightfully owed.
     
    When you call the legal experts at Morgan & Morgan, no case is too complex or difficult. We will fight tirelessly to determine liability in your case and get justice for you.

  • Common Examples of Damages in Personal Injury Cases

    When you file a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for many different types of losses. You may be able to seek financial recovery for any negative outcome that resulted from your accident or injury.
     
    In most personal injury cases, there are two primary types of financial compensation. These are “economic” and “non-economic” damages. 

    Economic Damages

    This type of financial compensation is intended to pay back the victim’s direct monetary losses. Personal injuries do not only result in physical, emotional, and psychological difficulties.
     
    In most cases, injured people face mounting financial challenges. Some of the most common examples of economic damages in personal injury cases include:

    • Current medical expenses
    • Expected future medical costs
    • Costs for repairing or replacing damaged property
    • Lost income and wages from missed work
    • Medical travel costs
    • And more

    Any financial loss that is the direct or proximate result of the accident or injury will fall into the category of economic damages.

    Non-Economic Damages

    Not every type of loss from an accident is financial. In fact, some of the most difficult consequences of injuries are intangible. 
     
    For instance, some injury victims are unable to sit or stand without pain. Others cannot engage in recreational activities that they enjoyed before their accident.
     
    These types of emotional, physical, and psychological difficulties are some of the most challenging for injury victims to face. Payments for these types of intangible losses are known as “non-economic” damages.
     
    Some of the most common examples of non-economic damages include:

    • Physical pain and suffering 
    • Mental distress and anguish
    • Stress, panic, and anxiety
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Embarrassment
    • Disfigurement and disability
    • Loss of ability to enjoy life
    • Loss of consortium or relationship in wrongful death cases

    When a victim dies as the result of a fatal injury, their surviving family may be able to recover compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. No matter what the circumstances of your injury or accident case, reach out to the legal experts at Morgan & Morgan.

  • How Are Personal Injury Lawyers Paid?

    Most tort attorneys are compensated through contingency fees. With this payment approach, the client and attorney agree to a specific percentage of the winnings from the personal injury case.
     
    The client does not pay anything unless the lawyer wins or settles the case. When the case is successful, the agreed-upon percentage is used to cover the relevant legal costs and attorneys’ fees.
     
    The compassionate legal experts at Morgan & Morgan operate on a contingency fee basis. That means you will pay absolutely nothing unless we recover financial compensation for you.

  • What Are the Four Components of “Negligence”?

    Most accident and injury lawsuits are based on the legal concept of negligence. To be successful, the plaintiff will need to prove that the opposing party’s negligent behavior caused their accident or injuries.
     
    The legal concept of negligence involves four specific factors. They are:

    • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
    • The defendant breached their legal duty of care
    • The breach of duty caused the victim harm
    • The victim suffered actual harm or damages

    The legal team at Morgan & Morgan has decades of experience proving negligence to secure financial recovery for our clients.

  • Let Morgan & Morgan Fight for You

    When you see any of the signs you need a personal injury lawyer, reach out to Morgan & Morgan. As America’s largest injury law firm, we have the resources and experience necessary to build a powerful case for you.
     
    We understand that injury victims face many financial and personal challenges in the wake of an accident. To schedule a no-cost consultation to discuss the facts of your case, fill out the contact form on the Morgan & Morgan website!

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