“Personal Injury” Is A Legal Term; How To Understand It

You’ve probably heard the term, “personal injury” before. This is a legal term that refers to when someone has experienced harm (whether emotional or physical) that was caused by another person or organization. In most cases, personal injury is caused by negligence (carelessness or failure to take proper precautions), but there are often a lot of factors at play.

Whether you’re filing a personal injury claim of your own or have one against you, it’s crucial that you enlist the services of an experienced attorney. They will help you navigate the situation and get the best possible outcome. In the meantime, here are some things you should know about the term, “personal injury” and what it really means in the legal sense.

What Can Be Gained from Filing a Personal Injury Claim?

The whole reason personal injury claims exist in the first place is to make up for things that were lost or damaged. For example, a personal injury claim can help recoup lost wages, property damage costs, medical costs, semi-permanent to permanent disability, transportation costs and more. Even in situations where there are not clear financial costs as a result of the case, a jury may be able to determine an appropriate number to help compensate for unjust emotional distress and suffering. If negligence is deemed to have been a factor, additional compensation may be awarded.

In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as a result of poor conduct by the defendant. These may be on top of the jury-determined compensation. In these situations, the judge usually awards punitive damages to the injured plaintiff (the person who filed the personal injury claim in the first place) in order to make an example out of the defendant, to punish them for poor behavior, or simply because the judge felt that the jury-determined compensation was not sufficient given the circumstances. Punitive damages are not necessarily common though, and they should not be expected in every personal injury case.

Types of Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims can result from many different types of situations, but some of the most common cases are as follows:

  • Auto accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premise liability (someone gets injured on another person’s property)
  • Product liability (someone is injured while using a product, especially when that product malfunctions or is not clearly labeled for safety)
  • Wrongful death
  • Workplace liability (injuries while at work)
  • Dog bites

In some cases, more than one of these situations may apply to a personal injury claim. It is important to be open with your attorney and share all the details of the case so that they can evaluate it properly.

What if I Have Experienced Personal Injury?

If you have been injured or have otherwise suffered because of another person’s actions or negligence, it’s time to reach out to an experienced attorney. Don’t wait! Personal injury cases have time limits (the statute of limitations), though these terms vary by state. It’s not very long though, ranging between one and six years from the time of the injuring / damaging event.

Misconceptions Regarding Marietta Car Accident Claims Process

Victims of car accident injuries are often misinformed about how filing a claim works. Because of this, a victim will expect the claims process to move forward in a particular way, only to discover that this isn’t the case. By following common car accident claim misconceptions, victims are at a disadvantage right from the start. The result is often an unfair settlement or no settlement at all.

Imbriale Injury Law, your go to Marietta accident lawyer, has put together a list to clarify misunderstandings about filing a car accident claim. Read on to learn how to avoid needless mistakes before filing a claim. And feel free to call us for a free, no obligation consultation today.

Your Victim Consultation is Legally Guaranteed

When it comes to a car accident claim, don’t assume anything is black and white. Also, don’t assume that you are guaranteed compensation. There are many variables that go into each case, such as whether the other driver is insured. Also, the insurance company with whom you are filing a claim may insist you were partly responsible for the car accident or that you are exaggerating your injuries. Keep in mind that the insurance company is looking out for their best interests, which means saving money. They may even go so far as to distort your comments or outright deny your claim.

You Will Get a Fair Settlement

There is no guarantee of receiving a fair settlement when filing a car accident injury claim. The insurance company will try their best to NOT payout a claim or will offer a small settlement. In fact, it is quite common to offer a low settlement at first, which may not cover the cost of your injuries. However, you do not have to take this settlement. Instead, negotiate for a higher payout.

Proving Fault With Just a Police Report

Calling the police to the scene of an accident is definitely a good idea, but you’ll need more evidence than a police report to prove fault. To build a strong case, you will also need the following:

  • Surveillance videos
  • Witness testimony
  • Accident photos
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Road, weather, and traffic conditions

A Rear-End Collision Always Proves Fault

There is the common misconception that the rear driver of a rear-end accident is always at fault. This is not always the case. There are certain factors that could make the front driver responsible for the accident, such as:

  • Speeding
  • Slamming on brakes without a good reason
  • Changing lanes sporadically

It’s Too Expensive to Hire a Lawyer

In the long run, it’s too expensive not to hire a lawyer. This is because a lawyer is apt to get you a bigger settlement far outweighing what they charge. Car accident lawyers often charge on a contingency fee basis so you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Instead, you and your lawyer agree on a percentage of the settlement to be paid out once compensation as been awarded to the victim. If, for some reason, you do not receive compensation for your claim neither does your lawyer.

You Can Represent Yourself

Even if your case seems straightforward, it is still in your best interest to work with a car accident lawyer. Right from the start, your lawyer will help you file your claim the right way. From here, he or she will seek a fair settlement offer while taking into account all parts of your case to arrive at the dollar amount which constitutes a fair settlement for your injuries. If a fair settlement can not be reached, your lawyer will take the case to court. 

Let Our Firm Represent YOU

At Amanda Hall Injury Law, we represent your best interests. When you work with us, you’ll have a better understanding of the car accident injury claims process, and you will have a better chance at reaching a fair price settlement for your injuries. Our team fights hard to get you the just compensation you deserve – up to the maximum, and the best part is that together, we choose that maximum. Don’t delay. We never charge upfront fees, and we only get paid when you receive compensation. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case and your options.

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