It’s one of the hardest times in life – after a debilitating accident. No one wants to be in this situation, but what if you are? You don’t have to go it alone. Because negotiating with the insurance company to try to get your bills covered just as your policy should be designed to do, can feel like David phoning up Goliath to try to make a deal. There are personal injury attorneys who spend years specializing in these kinds of situations. Sometimes all it takes is having one represent you to start a process in motion that would lead to a very different outcome than if you were to try to work with insurers yourself. For a list of questions to help you decide if an attorney can help you, click here.
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Personal Injury Law
What is personal injury law?
Personal injury law involves injury which is caused accidentally, not intentionally, by another’s failure to use reasonable care. This type of law covers situations in which a person’s body, mind, or emotions are hurt, usually due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness. It includes wrongful death and situations where an injury results in a fatality.
How do liability and negligence relate to an insurance claim?
A person may be liable for the injury due to negligent or reckless action. The resulting injury must have been caused by the at-fault party, and must have been a foreseeable result of the at-fault party’s negligent action. So even if someone who commits a negligent action didn't intend for someone to get injured, that negligent party may still be the defendant in a personal injury claim.
What types of personal injury claims are most common?
Types of personal injury lawsuits often arise from automobile, bicycle, pedestrian, boating, aircraft, commercial trucking, and other kinds of vehicle accidents. Personal injury claims can also arise from medical malpractice, defective products, and slip-and-fall claims.
Why do people hire injury attorneys?
A successful personal injury claim may recover monetary funds for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, burial costs, and other financial costs that result from the injury. Typically, a personal injury lawyer is hired to oversee the claim, to let an injured person focus on healing without the stress of dealing with the legal side of the accident. Injury lawyers typically offer a no-cost consultation, so there is no downside to speaking with a lawyer about your potential claim.
Suffering from a personal injury is traumatic in and of itself, and adding the stress of finding a personal injury attorney just intensifies that stress to unimaginable levels. If you need a personal injury attorney to represent you, you don’t want to waste time searching everywhere but the right place; you want to find one as quickly as possible. But you also want to make sure that you find the right one for your situation.
But you want to be careful when hiring a car accident lawyer as well. Most of them accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless you win. If a lawyer is charging you upfront, it’s probably a good sign you may want to find someone else.
But what are the most common personal injury claims that we at the David Aylor Law Offices see in South Carolina? We’re glad you asked. The injuries that we deal with most often include the following...
It is not legally required to be represented by a personal injury attorney in a personal injury claim but it is highly advisable. Representing yourself and negotiating with an insurance company and their highly trained liability adjusters is usually a very bad idea.
However, many people later realize that they may have made a mistake by calling an accident hotline instead of a respected personal injury law firm.
The following are some key differences between the help that our law firm provides and the services you will receive from calling 411-PAIN.
Personal injury claims stem from either negligence or intentional acts. A qualified, experienced attorney can help guide you through the legal process and help assure you the best outcome for your case.
Getting stuck with the wrong RI car accident lawyer could mean that you get peanuts as compensation for your injury claim.
In 1868 the United States Supreme Court in Riddlesbarger declared that “Statutes of limitations are predicated on the reasonable and fair presumption that valid claims which are of value are not usually left to gather dust or remain dormant for long periods of time.”
Many people mistakenly believe their medical bills will be paid by health insurance, and then they will get a large settlement for injuries on top of the amount the health insurance paid. But this is not exactly how insurance works.
What many people don’t realize is that you need to contact a South Carolina criminal defense lawyer as soon humanly possible after yourself or someone you care about has been charged with a crime.
A lot of people fear they cannot afford a lawyer or they worry that the lawyer will take so much of their money that they won’t have any money left over. But these fears can easily be eased when one understands just how personal injury lawyers get paid.
A common misconception about hiring a personal injury attorney in Ohio is that doing so automatically means that you’re going to court – or that you only need an attorney if you already know that you’re claim will go to court.
Personal injury attorneys are different. There is no retainer, no upfront fees, and no hourly charge. In fact, your personal injury attorney might even help you by paying legal fees out of their own pocket.
Here, we’ve compiled four important tips for choosing the right law firm for your personal injury case and four tips for doing your part to make sure that you have a strong case.
You likely picture the medical bills piling up and suddenly remember the commercials for the 411-PAIN hotline that says they can get you $10,000 after a car accident injury. You pick up the phone, thinking that $10,000 will solve your problems.
At the Chester Law Group, we can help you when it comes to knowing what to do after an accident. Yet, if you don’t know what not to do – and what not to say – you might damage your claim before we have a chance to give this advice.
While these social sites were created to facilitate communication between family, friends, and colleagues in a friendly, respectful way, we know from personal experience that socially shared information can be used for other purposes.
The key is that you keep it with you so you can record information at any time. Do not delay recording.
One of the most commonly miscalculated and continuing issues with worker’s compensation claims is the receipt of what are called indemnity benefits. In representing those injured on the job, absolutely every effort must be made to ensure the injured employee is receiving every benefit they’re entitled to.
Rhode Island personal injury attorney, David Slepkow answers some important questions concerning personal injury, liability and negligence law in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. This is part 1 of a series of RI Injury law FAQS.
From the moment the accident happens, however, the clock starts ticking down on the statute of limitations, which determines the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.
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