A personal injury occurs because of another person’s negligent action or because of their failure to act. You might have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured in a:
- Vehicle collision
- A dog bite or attack
- Criminal assault
- Product defect
- Medical error or mishap
To support you in your fight for financial compensation, a lawyer from our firm could prove the at-fault driver’s duty, breach, causation, and damages, handle insurance company claim forms and paperwork, and define the financial value of your compensation lawsuit.
While you concentrate on maximizing your physical recovery, we go to work optimizing your lawsuit and maximizing your potential compensation package. A personal injury lawyer at our firm can help you prove the at-fault party’s financial liability, assign a monetary value to your compensation lawsuit, and negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurance provider.
Do not hesitate to put our team to work on your personal injury lawsuit. Learn more about how hard our personal injury team today fights to help you recover financial compensation.
I’ve Been Hurt, What Are the First Steps I Should Take?
If you have been hurt because of another person or entity, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and related expenses. There are steps you can take right at the accident scene to help foster physical and financial recovery. Your first steps should include:
- Getting immediate medical attention
- Collecting any evidence at the scene
- Getting contact details for any witnesses
- Getting a written report of the incident
- Getting legal help right away
If you are offered emergency medical care, accept it. You might have injuries that are not visible but may worsen without immediate treatment. To help your health care team and your legal team understand your injuries, collect any supportive evidence before leaving the accident scene, if possible. Depending on how you were injured, that may include pictures or witness statements.
Take notes as soon as possible about the incident or accident that caused your injuries. You could have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit if you or a loved one was injured in one of the following ways:
- Car or motorcycle accident
- A dog bite or attack
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product
This list is not exhaustive. If you were injured in a manner not included on this list, consult the case review team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, to evaluate your potential for financial compensation. If another person’s negligent actions or failure to act resulted in your injuries, you might be able to assign financial liability to them.
Also depending on the accident that caused your injuries, you should insist on a written report of how you were injured and exchange contact details with the at-fault party. That might mean a car accident report or retail store incident report. It might also mean noting the details of the at-fault party by hand or using your smartphone or another handheld device.
Finally, do not wait to contact a personal injury law firm. We may have additional advice or prefer to get an early start on building your potential lawsuit. We would also appreciate having plenty of time to define and comply with the statute of limitations in your state, which may safeguard your right to file a lawsuit.
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How does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Work?
According to American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines, very few personal injury lawsuits actually go to court. Most are resolved through settlement negotiations. If yours does go to court, you might expect to:
- File your lawsuit within the required statute of limitations deadline
- Work with a lawyer to compile and organize proof and evidence
- Navigate through legal motions, hearings, and other formalities
- Present your evidence to a judge or jury at trial
- Wait for the judge or jury to reach a verdict
On your own, going to court to seek compensation from the at-fault party could be very stressful. It might also result in repeated filings and court appearances, all of which might add to the time you spend fighting for monetary recovery.
If you prefer to resolve your lawsuit with a financial settlement, you might be able to do so all the way up until a verdict is announced. Before going to trial or entering into settlement talks, your lawyer can help you determine the monetary value of your lawsuit. Your recoverable damages might include:
- Medical expenses until you are recovered
- All income loss related to your injuries
- Any damaged or destroyed property
- Lingering physical disabilities or scarring
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
For use at trial or as part of the negotiation process, your lawyer may conduct what are called discovery sessions. During discovery, he may interview you, the at-fault party, witnesses, and law enforcement officials who responded to the accident scene. Your lawyer may also weigh the evidence and work on building a comprehensive evidence file, which might consist of:
- Medical records and bills
- Property value estimates
- Insurance claim forms
- Accident or incident reports
- Employment or salary history
- Witness testimonials
Going to trial might be a lengthy and overwhelming process without legal guidance. It might also be much less stressful with the guidance and support of a personal injury lawyer from our firm. Your lawyer can explain relevant personal injury laws that could impact your lawsuit. That may include:
- Notification deadlines
- Filing deadlines
- Contributory negligence statutes
- Possible damage caps
- Negligence laws
Learning the legally required merits of personal injury law can be complicated on your own. With our personal injury law firm fighting for you, you might be able to focus on your physical recovery while a lawyer manages the mechanics of your lawsuit.
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Personal Injury Case Timeline
Your personal injury case is a unique undertaking, and it may have a timeline that varies greatly from other personal injury cases. The typical steps involved in a potential personal injury lawsuit that create the timeline include:
- Diagnosis of your injuries
- Investigation of the cause
- Identification of the at-fault party
- Valuation of your recoverable damages
- Filing of your compensation lawsuit
- Negotiating a monetary settlement
- Going to trial if a settlement cannot be reached
Your personal injury timeline might also depend on how long it takes to receive, review, and decide to accept a settlement. Because the final decision is always yours, the timeline for this portion of the personal injury process may depend largely on you.
Your personal injury timeline may also depend on laws in your state that govern insurance companies. An insurance company might also be required to respond to your inquiries and issue agreed-upon payments within certain timelines. Your lawyer may explain these laws to you and let you know how they impact your financial recovery.
The time it takes to value your lawsuit might also alter the expected timeline. Rather than accept a speedy settlement offer, your lawyer may advise you to wait because it can take time for the full financial aftermath of your injuries to become clear. Once all medical bills, income statements, property repair or replacement bills, and other evidence have been received, your lawyer may initiate or complete the negotiation process.
Most personal injury lawsuits are settled out of court. If your lawsuit is resolved in court, the anticipated timeline might be longer because each side has to complete certain actions on behalf of their client. Each side may file legal documents, conduct their investigation, prepare their case, and wait for an available court date. The lawyer who represents you in court will explain the steps involved and the possible timeline.
Filing a comprehensive and successful personal injury lawsuit involves a state-specific set of laws and legal statutes. It may also involve deadlines, notifications, and legal principles you may not be aware of. When you trust your lawsuit to a personal injury lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, you get the power of our entire client support team behind your fight for compensation.
How do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
Per American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines, a personal injury case is borne out of neglect. If someone owed you reasonable care and neglected to provide it, your resulting physical and financial damages form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit.
To prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit, you and your legal team might be required to show that the at-fault party:
- Owed you a duty of care
- Breached their responsibility
- Caused your injuries
- Caused your financial damages
A lawyer familiar with personal injury laws in your state may be able to help you prove these elements of your case. Examples of neglect that may lead to a personal injury lawsuit include:
- A car accident
- Being physically assaulted
- Being bitten by a dog
You might sustain an injury in a public or private location, in a residential or commercial setting, or in a parking lot or retail store. In some cases—such as a car accident—it might be easy to identify the at-fault party. In others, identifying the at-fault party might be more challenging.
Fortunately, you do not have to identify the appropriate defendant or prove financial liability on your own. A personal injury lawyer from our firm might be able to use your personal account of your injury, witness statements, and other evidence to establish the basis of your lawsuit and to prove the extent of your injuries and financial damages. The financial damages you might be entitled to recover include:
- Public embarrassment and humiliation
- Physical pain, suffering, and inconvenience
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Property damage or total destruction
- Mental and emotional stress and trauma
Because no two personal injury lawsuits are exactly alike, you might be entitled to recover financial damages not included on this list. When you hire a lawyer from our firm to assist you in valuing your lawsuit, they may help you prove your financial damages and accurately value your lawsuit.
If you or someone you love was injured due to another person’s negligence, you do not have to fight for recovery on your own. Your lawyer can guide you through the personal injury and settlement negotiation process.
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What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do for Me?
Your personal injury attorney who is familiar with your state’s laws can provide a plethora of benefits when you seek compensation from an at-fault party. Your attorney may:
- Investigate the cause of your injuries
- Identify the at-fault party
- Assign financial liability
- Compile and organize evidence
- Deal with the at-fault party’s insurer
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Negotiate a favorable settlement
If you cannot agree on a settlement amount, your personal injury attorney may represent you in court. Your attorney may also help you negotiate with your own insurer if you need to turn to them to cover the costs of your injuries. This might happen if the person who injured you does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance. That may include leveraging your:
- Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage
- Uninsured motorist coverage (UM)
- Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM)
Because all personal injury lawsuits are time-sensitive, your personal injury attorney can help you understand and comply with your state’s statute of limitations. This compliance is critical because not filing your lawsuit on time could lead to its immediate dismissal and leave you with little to no options for financial recovery.
A personal injury attorney at our firm can assist you in particularly difficult cases such as a multiple-vehicle car accident, a personal injury lawsuit where the defendant refuses to accept responsibility, or a dog bite case that occurs in a crowded dog park. Your attorney might also help you avoid the potential financial damage of your state’s comparative negligence laws.
If a loved one’s death leads to a wrongful death lawsuit, your attorney might be able to help you define your relationship to the decedent and prove your right to compensation for their loss.
Your personal injury attorney can educate you on your rights and responsibilities, handle all paperwork and request important documents and evidence on your behalf, and ensure your lawsuit is accurately valued. Your attorney can also:
- Listen to your story with compassion and understanding.
- Update you on the progress of your lawsuit.
- Read and review your medical records and bills.
- Consult a relevant expert who can support your lawsuit.
An attorney at our firm might also help you prove product defects or design flaws that led to your injuries or prove the medical negligence that led to a medical malpractice case.
How do I Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you are ready to choose a personal injury lawyer to help you fight for financial compensation, you will want to consider several factors. Choose a lawyer who is:
- Local and familiar with state laws
- Able to accurately value your lawsuit
- Understanding of the importance of timely filing
- Receiving solid online and offline reviews
- Able to negotiate a favorable settlement
If you know someone who was the victim of a personal injury and they received solid legal counsel and a favorable resolution of their lawsuit, they might be able to provide you with a recommendation.
Because personal injury lawsuits might have a wide range of causes, you may want to consider a personal injury lawyer who has a successful record of handling cases that involve your specific cause of injury. According to CDC research, car accidents recently accounted for nearly 2 million injuries and 32,000 fatalities. According to Heliyon data published in 2019, there were 337,103 recently reported emergency room visits due to dog bites or attacks.
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you define the frequency of your type of injury, the financial value of your potential compensation package, and the steps you might take toward financial recovery. Your lawyer might also assist you in defining your recoverable damages. You may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses
- In-home assistance
- Current lost income
- Anticipated income loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
Depending on the nature of the at-fault party’s actions, you might be entitled to additional compensation for punitive damages. Punitive damages are only awarded when the at-fault party’s action meets certain criteria. Your lawyer may inform you of your ability to seek this additional recovery, if applicable. A personal injury lawsuit might be a complex and daunting undertaking on your own.
With guidance, direction, and support from a personal injury lawyer on our team, you can build a strong case for financial recovery. When you are ready to hold a negligent party responsible for their actions and your damages, contact a Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, team member for a free review of your case.
What Is the Difference Between Bodily Injury and Personal Injury?
Personal injury is physical injury or property damage that occurred as the result of an accident. Bodily injury is a specific type of injury that occurred to your person. If you were injured in an accident that another person’s negligence caused, their insurance coverage might also differentiate between these two types of coverage.
For insurance purposes, personal injury coverage might include compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future income losses
- Funeral and burial costs, if applicable
For insurance purposes, bodily injury coverage might include compensation for:
- Injuries you sustain
- Injuries to another party
Your personal injury lawyer can explain the different types of accidents, injuries, and insurance coverages that might apply to your case if you decide to seek financial compensation. Your lawyer can also help you define your recoverable damages and build a solid case file that bolsters and supports your right to monetary recovery.
By hiring a personal injury lawyer at our firm, you can focus more fully on your physical recovery, help an injured loved one through their physical recovery, or help your family cope with the loss of a loved one. On your behalf, your lawyer will:
- Identify the appropriate at-fault party
- Review and analyze your evidence
- Read and review your medical records
- Compile and organize your case file
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Assign an accurate value to your lawsuit
- Obtain, complete, and submit insurance forms
- Negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurer
Another benefit of trusting your potential lawsuit to a lawyer is their ability to start working on your lawsuit right away. This is important because, like all states, yours has a statute of limitations that must be adhered to. The statute of limitations means your lawsuit must be filed within a specified time, or you might not be able to file it at all.
If your personal injury lawsuit can be resolved with an insurance settlement, you do not have to navigate the settlement process on your own. Your personal injury lawyer can help you carefully weigh the pros and cons of each offer you receive and guide you through the complex process. They may also negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf that ensures your lawsuit is not undervalued or underpaid.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Claim?
It might not be possible to predict the exact length of time it will take to settle your personal injury claim because each claim will involve a different accident, injured victim, and insurance carrier. In addition, the following factors may play a role in your settlement timeline:
- The time it takes to investigate your accident
- The time it takes the at-fault party to accept liability
- The time it takes to receive an acceptable settlement amount
- The time it takes for your full range of damages to become known
- The amount of time your state allows the insurer to make payment
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you reach a favorable settlement agreement sooner than you might be able to on your own. Your lawyer may also advise you not to accept a speedy settlement that is offered before the full financial impact of your injuries is clear.
The statute of limitations deadline set by your state may also play a role in how long your personal injury claim takes to settle. It may also take time to carefully evaluate your recoverable damages. Your legal team’s goal is to ensure you are compensated fairly, even if that does not always mean quickly. Your lawyer might be able to give you an idea of your potential wait time and how patience might benefit your compensation lawsuit. Per American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines, you may be entitled to recoup:
- Ongoing medical care
- Ongoing income loss
- Property damage or loss
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional angst
After assessing the value of your lawsuit, your lawyer may also explain many important factors involved in accepting a financial settlement. When you do agree to accept a specific amount of money to resolve your lawsuit, you will absolve the at-fault party, in writing, of any further financial obligations in regard to your injuries.
That means that even if you uncover additional and valid expenses at a later date, the at-fault driver might not be responsible for them. This is one of the reasons your legal team may not recommend accepting a speedy settlement. Another reason is so they have time to conduct a thorough investigation into the negligence that led to your injuries.
Will My Personal Injury Lawyer Handle My Insurance Company?
If you are injured in an accident by an at-fault party and need to turn to your insurance provider for financial compensation, a personal injury lawyer could help. There are three policy additions that might allow you to leverage coverage from your insurer:
- Uninsured motorist protection (UM)
- Underinsured motorist protection (UIM)
- Personal injury protection (PIP)
Depending on your state of residence, these forms of insurance might be either mandatory or optional add-ons to your policy. According to Insurance Information Institute (III) guidelines, you might tap into these types of coverage under the following circumstances:
- UM protection may cover your injury-related expenses up to your policy limits if you are injured by an at-fault party who does not have their own insurance coverage.
- UIM protection may cover any injury-related expenses that exceed the policy limits of an at-fault party’s insurance policy.
- PIP protection covers certain medical expenses and income losses as part of your own policy.
Insurance policies – even your own – might be challenging to read and fully understand on your own. A personal injury lawyer from our firm could help by carefully reading and reviewing your insurance policy and helping you understand the types and amounts of coverages you might be entitled to. Your lawyer might also be able to help you leverage coverage from the insurance policies of other members of your household.
When handling your insurance company, your personal injury lawyer may help by:
- Obtaining, completing, and submitting claim or lawsuit forms and other paperwork
- Assigning an accurate value to your personal injury lawsuit
- Proving the cause, effect, and consequences of the at-fault party
- Ensuring your potential lawsuit complies with the filing deadline
- Negotiating a favorable financial settlement on your behalf
The value of your personal injury lawsuit might include compensation for your injury-related medical care, income loss, and property damage. PIP insurance may not cover property damage in some states, and your lawyer may explain this or any other potentially uncovered financial expenses and losses.
When you are ready to trust a personal injury law firm with your potential insurance claim or lawsuit, the team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, is ready to help you handle the at-fault party’s insurance company or your own.
What Happens if You Get Injured Without Insurance?
If the at-fault party in your personal injury lawsuit does not have insurance, you might have other options for financial compensation. If your insurance policy includes any of the following coverage options, you may get the financial compensation you deserve due to negligence:
- Suing the at-fault party personally
- Using your UM coverage
- Using your UIM coverage
- Using your PIP coverage
In most cases, you might find out right at the accident scene that the other involved party was uninsured. On your own, these sometimes optional/sometimes mandatory insurance add-ons might offer the financial protection you need. UM (uninsured motorist) protection may cover your expenses and losses if the at-fault party does not have any insurance or if the policy they presented at the time of the accident lapsed.
If the at-fault party had insurance— but not enough insurance—you might seek coverage from your policy’s underinsured motorist protection (UIM). If this happens, the at-fault party’s insurance provider may pay your expenses and losses up to their policy maximums, and your UIM protection may pay the rest. If other members of your household have UIM protection, you might be able to use it to cover your injury-related costs.
If you have PIP (personal injury protection) insurance, it may cover many of the initial expenses of your accident. Your personal injury lawyer might help you understand each type of coverage and the recoverable damages you might be entitled to recoup, including:
- Current and future lost wages
- Physical pain & suffering
- Current and future medical bills
- Mental and emotional distress
- Property damage or destruction
- Lasting disfigurement or impairment
Getting guidance and direction from a personal injury lawyer from our firm might also help ensure you seek coverage according to your state’s timeline. Because your personal injury lawsuit is time-sensitive, prompt action and a lawyer who is familiar with the statute of limitations deadline in your state is important.
In addition, depending on the circumstances that led to your injuries, your state may require additional notifications and have additional deadlines that require compliance.
You do not have to add the stress and frustration of financial strain and hardship to the stress of your physical recovery. A personal injury lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, might be able to help you explore the coverage options of your own insurance policy.
How Do I Pay for My Case?
In many personal injury lawsuits, the lawyer who represents you does so on a contingency fee basis. Per American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines, this means your lawyer may not charge any upfront fees for accepting your case. Instead, they may deduct a specified percentage of your financial settlement as payment.
Many personal injury lawyers typically deduct up to 30% of your settlement amount. If you and your lawyer agree to work together on a contingency fee basis, your lawyer may specify the percentage of your settlement he or she will accept. If your lawsuit does not result in a settlement, you may not owe your lawyer any compensation for their representation. In some cases, though, your lawyer might still anticipate payment of any expenses they incurred on your behalf.
While representing you in your pursuit of compensation, your personal injury lawyer might assist you in the monetary valuation of your potential compensation package. The overall value of your settlement might include the following financial expenses and losses:
- Medical expenses
- In-home medical aid
- Pain and suffering
- In-home domestic aid
- Income and wage loss
- Emotional anguish
- Property damages
Without clearly defined guidelines, it might be difficult to know the value of one’s pain and suffering or emotional anguish. In addition to assessing the monetary value of your lawsuit, your lawyer may help by assigning a comprehensive value to your non-economic damages. Your personal injury lawyer could bring additional benefits to your case as well. Your lawyer may:
- Handle all insurance company paperwork
- Be familiar with local personal injury laws
- Provide regular updates on the progress of your case
- Compile, review, and organize evidence
- Identify, locate, and interview witnesses
With sufficient notice, your lawyer may also ensure your case is compliant with the statute of limitations in your state. Doing so may ensure the validity of your lawsuit and preserve your right to go to court, if needed, because failure to comply might lead to the dismissal of your lawsuit.
A personal injury lawyer at our firm might also prove beneficial if your personal injury lawsuit is complicated. For example, if it might be difficult to identify the at-fault party or if there might be more than one at-fault party. Your personal injury lawyer might also be able to help clarify a potentially complex timeline. This might be helpful if a minor is involved in your lawsuit.
What if I Was Partly at Fault for the Accident?
Determining fault in a car accident might be complicated. If you were partly at fault for the accident or incident that caused your injuries, you might bear partial financial liability.
According to American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines, if your state has laws that define comparative negligence, any monetary compensation you might have been award may be reduced as follows:
- If you are proven to bear 30% of the fault for your injuries, your potential compensation may be reduced by a corresponding 30%.
- If you are proven to bear at least 50% of the fault for causing your injuries, you may not receive any compensation at all.
Determining the percentage of the fault you are responsible for is complex and might be costly. A personal injury lawyer at our firm who understands the comparative fault laws of your state might be able to help minimize how severely your monetary damages are decreased.
It may be simple to seek compensation when an accident or incident that leads to physical injuries and property damage is clearly the fault of one person or entity. Your personal injury lawsuit could become significantly more complicated if you are partly at fault. Your personal injury lawyer could help limit your liability. Your lawyer may advise you to:
- Avoid admitting fault or liability without consulting them first
- Avoid making any statements that could later be misconstrued
- Insist on a written report of the accident that caused your injuries
A written report can include a car accident report or incident report. You may also consider taking photos or videos using your smartphone. Doing so might help prevent any embellishment of the facts. Impartial witness statements may also help clarify fault and liability when you are ready to seek compensation.
You do not have to clarify your position on your own. Instead, your personal injury lawyer can conduct an independent investigation or consult expert witnesses who may support your version of the circumstances of the accident.
Do not assume that partial fault on your part automatically prohibits you from seeking compensation from the other at-fault party. A personal injury lawyer at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can guide you through complex comparative negligence laws and help you build a case that proves the other party was mostly at fault.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
The cost of hiring a personal injury lawyer may vary on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, though, a personal injury lawyer might represent you on a contingency fee basis. If your lawyer agrees to this fee structure, you may get the representation you prefer without being subjected to any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses.
In lieu of up-front payment, a personal injury lawyer at our firm can accept a percentage of your final settlement amount as payment. You are entitled to full and frank disclosure from your lawyer, who may inform you of:
- The percentage of your settlement the lawyer expects to receive
- What happens if you do not receive a financial settlement
- How final payment is forwarded to you after a settlement agreement
- The potential settlement value of your personal injury lawsuit
- The anticipated timeline of your settlement and payout
In addition to working on a contingency fee basis, there are other benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer and their case review team may investigate to prove the cause and consequences of your accident and the cost of treating your injuries. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research, emergency rooms receive as many as 35 million annual visits due to accidental injuries.
The cost of any emergency care you receive at the accident scene or in your local emergency room may be recoverable with a personal injury lawsuit. You may also recover the costs of your comprehensive medical care until your health care team declares your recovery complete. To prove the value of your medical expenses, your lawyer may request to review your:
- Medical records
- Therapy bills
- Rehabilitation fees
- Diagnostic tests
These items go into creating a supportive evidence file. To complete your evidence file, your lawyer may also ask you for your police report, salary history records, and property repair or replacement costs. On your behalf, your lawyer may also:
- Conduct witness interviews
- Conduct discovery sessions
- Comply with the state’s statute of limitations deadline
- Handle insurance company paperwork
- Negotiate a financial settlement
When you are ready to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party, you do not have to do so on your own. A lawyer from our firm can assess the validity of your lawsuit and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to due to negligence.
How Do I Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?
Friends and family members who worked with a personal injury lawyer in the past may have recommendations for you. You might also identify a good personal injury lawyer based on:
- Their online and offline reviews
- Testimonials from previous clients
- Familiarity with personal injury laws
- Ability to accurately value your lawsuit
- Negotiation skills and case history
A good lawyer and their team may also provide you with regular updates on the progress of your case to ensure you are afforded peace of mind throughout the compensation process. Your lawyer may also build a comprehensive evidence file that proves the at-fault party’s liability and your right to financial compensation. You might be entitled to two types of financial recovery – economic and non-economic.
The economic damages you may be entitled to are easy to calculate because they typically require tabulating your receipts or written estimates. Economic damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of wages or income
- Property repair or replacement costs
- In-home medical or domestic services
You might also be entitled to recover several types of non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to value because they do not have a fixed or predetermined price tag. Non-economic damages may include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional angst
- Lasting physical impairments
- Loss of enjoyment of life
The case file your lawyer puts together and presents to the at-fault party and their legal or insurance representative may contain documents that prove the cost of your financial damages. Your case file may also need to prove the at-fault party’s negligence and liability. To build a fully supportive case file, your lawyer may request the following:
- Insurance forms
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Witness statements
Your case file might also include injury photos, photos of your damaged property, and photos of the place where your injuries occurred. That might mean the scene of a car accident, a known or unknown dog if you were bitten, or a dimly lit parking lot where your injuries occurred.
A personal injury lawyer at our firm can help you fight for the financial compensation you are entitled to due to negligence. Your lawyer may ensure your case is accurately valued and filed on time.
Put Our Personal Injury Team to Work on Your Lawsuit Today
If you or a loved one was injured, or if a loved one was fatally injured due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury team can help you collect financial compensation for your injuries and the costs that stem from your injuries.
Our team can support your personal injury lawsuit by ensuring it is accurately valued and filed on time. We may also provide insight into laws that impact your lawsuit, ensure fault is accurately assigned to the defendant, and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as the plaintiff.
If you are entitled to financial recovery, we are committed to ensuring you get it. Our goal is to hold the at-fault party financially responsible for the negligence that caused your injuries.
When you are ready to put the power of the law behind your fight for financial compensation, our personal injury lawyer is ready to fight by your side.
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