Personal Injury Lawsuits refers to any incident that results in physical and/or emotional injuries. Classic examples include vehicle accidents; slip and falls; construction site accidents; dog bites; burn injuries; food poisoning; or using defective products. In such lawsuits, you can recover past and future medical bills, property damage, past and future income, pain, suffering, and emotional distress.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, obtain all essential information, including the other driver’s name, address, driver’s license number, insurance and vehicle information, even if you feel no pain. Remember, people often do not feel immediate pain because of a release of endorphins in the body. However, when the endorphin levels drop, people begin to feel pain. If you are involved in a fall, try to find out what caused your fall and if possible, take pictures. Also, report the incident to the proper person, such as the manager.
Avoid talking about the cause of the incident with others. Remember, things you say to others aside from your attorney are generally not privileged and are discoverable.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early treatment is beneficial to your health and your case. If you cannot afford paying for treatments, an attorney can refer you to a provider who will treat you on a lien basis so you do not have to pay for the treatments until your case is settled.
If you are worried about paying an attorney, keep in mind that most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning that they take no money from you unless you obtain a settlement or judgment against the adverse party.
Do not be intimidated at the thought of going to court. A good attorney will negotiate with the adverse party’s insurer to try to settle your case before filing a lawsuit. If negotiations break down, you will then need to file a lawsuit. Once filed, a good attorney will walk you through the lawsuit. Be mindful that the only time you need to personally appear in court will likely be for trial, and since 98% of cases settle before trial, you may never have to personally appear in court.
Never feel guilty for filing a lawsuit. It is the best way to protect yourself, and to get the proper medical care you need to resolve your injuries and to make sure that you suffer from no long term effects.
If you have a personal injury case, such as an accident, slip and fall, dog bite, etc., and want to get an honest assessment of your case and be educated as to your options, please give us a call.
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