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What Types Of Personal Injury Cases Does Your Firm Handle?

My firm handles a few different types of personal injury cases, but the most pervasive type is auto accident personal injury cases. Some auto accident cases involve a driver who was hit by another driver, or a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle. We also handle personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, whereby someone was injured or a mistake was made while they were receiving medical treatment. Personal injury cases involving product liability are also common, an example of which would be someone drinking from a bottle of water filled with E. coli and suffering tremendous personal injury as a result. In such a scenario, we might discover that the company was bottling water from an unsafe source.

What Is The Process Of A Personal Injury Claim?

The process of a personal injury claim begins with the collection of all of the relevant information, including the medical records. We will need to determine whether or not the client’s treatment team believes that the client will continue to heal and improve, and if so, how long it will take. Next, a demand would be filed with whoever created the problem to seek compensation for the client’s medical bills, lost wages, disability, etc. If there is no settlement from that, then we would have to file a lawsuit.

Once a lawsuit has been filed in court, there are several steps that follow. In fact, the process could take a couple of years. There may or may not be a jury trial; a lot of cases go to mediation, wherein both parties agree to have an independent person look at the case and try to reach a settlement to which both parties agree. In all cases, the client approves the settlement; I do not make the final decision.

What Factors Determine The Viability Of A Personal Injury Claim?

One factor that determines the viability of a personal injury claim is liability itself. In other words, who is responsible? If the client is responsible, then the case won’t go anywhere, but if the client is not responsible or was only slightly responsible, then that is important. Another factor that determines the viability of a personal injury claim is the amount of damages. This means that if someone suffered no broken bokes and did not miss any work as a result of getting hit by a car, then their case wouldn’t be worth very much. The amount of damages will be an important factor in determining whether or not we will take the case.

Can Someone Even Afford To Retain An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney?

Many experienced personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that the client will not pay the attorney for their services unless they win the case. The lawyer usually gets one third of the amount that is won from the case. If the case is lost, then the client will not owe anything to the lawyer. Very few, if any, personal injury cases are charged by the hour. This means that an attorney needs a case with both liability and damages in order to expend their time and money on it.

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