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Personal Injury

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How to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

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Personal Injury

  1. 1. Personal Injury What Is Personal Injury Law? Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. Common personal injury cases are: • Automobile and Pedestrian accidents • Dangerous products or drugs • Medical malpractice • Property liability, such as slip and fall • Asbestos, chemicals, or product liability • Intentional injuries such as assault/battery
  2. 2. Do I Have a Personal Injury Case? If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else you will probably have hospital and doctor bills, costs for medications and bandages, and continuing therapy bills. You're hurt and can't work. The pain you suffer continues daily. What do you do? A Personal injury claim begins after a victim is injured or suffers property damage (or both) caused by another person’s negligence. To cover the resulting costs, the victim pursues the at-fault defendant by filing a personal injury lawsuit
  3. 3. The Personal Injury Process What is the Personal Injury Process? Take Notes or Pictures: After a personal injury incident, make written notes and collect evidence of all the people involved, witnesses, all injuries. Formal Lawsuit: Personal injury case starts with the plaintiff filing a personal injury civil suit against the defendant claiming that the other person, business, or corporation acted carelessly and case the accident Settlement: In most personal injury cases, the case is resolved when the parties come to a settlement. The settlement comes after negotiations that try to cover the cost of the injuries
  4. 4. Is there a Time Limit in Which I Have to File My Personal Injury Case? • Yes. Settling a personal injury claim must be filed in a timely manner. These laws are governed by the statute of limitations that gives you a maximum time you have to bring your personal injury claim. If the time period passes up, you may be barred from ever bringing suit to recover for your injuries. You should always check your state’s statute of limitations for your type of claim.
  5. 5. Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney? Personal injury settlements usually require the assistance of a lawyer. This is because much negotiation goes on during the conferences, and an attorney may be needed for advice and guidance. Also, even though the settlement occurs out of court, there will still be much interaction with the court system. A qualified personal injury lawyer in your area can help you obtain the proper settlement amount. If you cannot reach a desired settlement during negotiations, an experienced personal injury attorney can represent you at trial.
  6. 6. How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost? Some state statutes limit the percentage that a lawyer can take as a contingency fee. Most contingency fees are between 33% and 40%, but you can always try to negotiate a reduced or alternative agreement. In the majority of cases, a personal injury lawyer will receive 33.33% (or one third) of any settlement.
  7. 7. How Does a Contingent Fee Agreement Work? • A contingency fee agreement is a payment arrangement that allows the plaintiff who has been injured in a personal injury lawsuit to obtain legal representation even though they do not have enough money to pay the attorney at the beginning of the case. A client does not have to pay the lawyer any fee up front, but agrees to pay the attorney a percentage of the client’s personal injury award should they win the case. If the client does not win, they do not have to pay
  8. 8. Do Personal Injury Lawyers Have Payment Plans? Many personal injury lawyers do not make the client pay any fees for the case until the client wins or settles the case. These fee plans are called contingency fee agreements. Many personal injury lawyers do collect other fees that come up during the case that is necessary to collect evidence .
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