Personal injury is one of the most widely known — and yet most misunderstood — areas of the law.
Myths persist about greedy people taking advantage of the courts to make millions. But the simple truth is this: personal injury law exists to help you get through some of life’s toughest moments — moments that you never expected to have to deal with.
In short, personal injury law provides people who are injured (plaintiffs) an opportunity to seek compensation from the party that is responsible for the injuries (defendants) through a lawsuit. Defendants could be an individual or a business. Families who lose a loved one due to someone else’s actions may also be able to pursue compensation through wrongful death lawsuits.
Personal injury involves a wide array of accidents and injuries. Some common examples include:
The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the extent of your losses. Some types of compensation that people receive include:
If you intend to move ahead with a personal injury lawsuit, you should definitely have a lawyer in your corner. Even if an insurance company is offering you a quick settlement, you should consult with an attorney to determine if you have a stronger case to potentially secure additional compensation.
To win a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, it was more likely than not that the defendant caused the harm or is at fault. This is different than what’s required in criminal cases (that is, guilt beyond a reasonable doubt). However, victory is never guaranteed.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to evaluate the evidence and work with the right experts to determine the value of your losses and build a strong case. They will also be able to speak on your behalf with insurance companies and lawyers who are trying to stop your claim. If it is necessary to take your case to trial, having a strong attorney in your corner will be essential.
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local personal injury attorney to discuss the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.