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Personal injury is the area of civil law pertaining to accidents and injuries that lead to physical, emotional or financial harm (damages). A personal injury case occurs when someone suffers harm in some way due to another’s negligence or recklessness, causing the injured individual to seek compensation for damages. These damages typically include actual bodily harm, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Examples of personal injury cases include car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective products and insurance disputes. A majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court and the person filing the claim is called a “plaintiff.”
When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
Knowing when it’s time to bring in professional legal counsel can make or break the outcome of your case. For instance, situations where hiring an attorney might prove useful include multi-vehicle collisions, someone killed in the accident, extensive medical treatment, insurance company refusing to pay and more.
How do I choose a personal injury attorney?
If you’ve decided to talk to a lawyer, there are several ways you can go about finding a qualified law firm. For starters, we recommend asking friends and family members for recommendations. It’s also wise to turn to free online resources at your disposal like social media or legal directories like Enjuris. Look for attorneys with experience in cases like yours.
Once you’ve created a list of potentials, narrow it down by meeting with the lawyers in person and asking them good questions.
Follow the link for additional advice on how to choose a personal injury lawyer and to download our free attorney interview questionnaire as a PDF.
Do I have a case?
Determining whether or not you have precedent to file a personal injury lawsuit depends on the unique circumstances regarding your accident. In order for a case to be accepted, the three following statements must be true:
You or a loved one were injured – physically, emotionally or financially – in some way.
Another person or party acted negligently or in violation of the law.
The negligent act directly resulted in your injuries.
If these statements hold true, you should meet with a personal injury lawyer about obtaining compensation.
Check out our checklist to find out the different scenarios for which a person can sue for personal injury, or when in doubt, contact an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.
How long will my lawsuit take?
Most personal injury claims tend to be settled within one to two years; however, every case is unique and the duration of time it takes for your claim to be settled depends on various factors – including complexity of case, amount of damages, severity of injuries, you or the other side’s willingness to settle, jurisdiction caseload, etc. Some cases can be resolved in a matter of weeks, while others might go on for several years.
To get a more specific idea of how long filing a lawsuit will take, you’ll need to discuss the details of your case with a personal injury lawyer.
How much is my case worth?
No honest attorney can tell you exactly how much your case is worth until they know the full details of your case and have had a chance to calculate your damages. For negligence claims, settlement awards are typically equal to the extent and intensity of your injuries; however, calculating the full amount of damages you have suffered now and will suffer in the future is extremely complicated.
Some attorneys provide estimate calculators to give you an idea of how much your case is worth, but be cautious when using these tools as determining the true value of an injury claim is much more nuanced.