People like to talk about their previous accidents or injuries, especially when they meet somebody who could give them legal advice. Most of the time the same questions comes up – if they would go to a lawyer and file a lawsuits, could they get compensated for their troubles? The truth is, in at least 90% of cases they can. It’s a pity that so many people have to struggle mentally, physically and financially just because they didn’t know what to do when they were injured. We, at Yuriy Prakhin Law Office, decided to make a change. In this blog we share inside information regarding personal injuries, which steps to take to protect your legal rights and how to get maximum compensation for your struggles.
First of all let’s briefly go through a few common examples of personal injuries:
- you slipped and fell
- ate spoiled food in a restaurant
- got wrong medicine in a hospital
- was injured by home equipment
- bitten by somebody’s dog, etc.
Most personal injuries are caused by vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, animal attacks, product liability and dangerous drugs. If you’ve been injured because of that, or in any other circumstance, and your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions you may file a personal injury case.
What to do after suffering a personal injury:
Step #1: Try to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
Even if you feel well it is very important to see a doctor and to tell him about the accident. There are many injuries that are not immediately noticeable. The doctors see not only the obvious things, but also the future impact that your injury may have on your health and provide necessary medical help to prevent it. Besides that, to claim a lawsuit you should get a medical evaluation within a specified period of time. In different cases the terms are different, but it’s always better to get an evaluation as early as possible.
Step #2: Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Share all the details of your accident and the results of medical evaluation with that lawyer. After that your lawyer will tell you if you have a valid personal injury claim or not. The initial consultation is usually free. Thereafter you generally only pay your lawyer for his work once you get paid yourself.
Step #3: Participate in the Investigation.
Your lawyer and his team will thoroughly investigate your accident and will look for the best way to prove that your injuries were a direct result of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing. But, in order to achieve the best result, you should communicate with your lawyer regularly, answer his questions and if he ask for you to do something to help the case, do it.
Step #4: Discuss with your lawyer what kind of compensation can be expected.
It is a long list of things for which you can get compensation. By knowing the nature of your case, the lawyer will advise you for what exactly you can get compensated (medical bills, lost wages, pain etc.) and what sum is better to claim.
Can a personal injury case be settled outside of court?
Although personal injury cases are settled in civil courts, most of them are resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed.
Formal lawsuit: The victim (the “plaintiff”) is filing a lawsuit – a complaint against another person, business, corporation or a government agency (the “defendant”). The main allegation is that the defendant acted carelessly or irresponsibly therefore causing the accident in which the victim was injured. Thereafter the plaintiff will go to court and a judge or jury will decide the outcome.
Informal Settlement: The negotiations between those who are personally involved in the case, their insurers and lawyers on a sum of settlement. After negotiation the victim makes their decision whether to accept the proposed amount of settlement or not. If the victim disagrees with the result of negotiations, the case may go to the court.
How an expert law firm can help win the case with maximum benefit for the client:
Personal injury cases are resolved via case law, meaning that the decision made is based on the outcome of former cases. Therefore it is extremely important that your personal injury lawyer has experience in pursuing cases that are similar to yours. A skilled lawyer is able to see opportunity to get reimbursement for the victim even when other lawyers do not even see any sense to pursue a lawsuit. For example, when the victim is partially at fault, an experienced lawyer can find different experts whose claims will prove the nature of victim’s injuries as well as defendant’s liability. Only knowledgeable lawyers with adequate experience are able to make such claims and get maximum compensation for their clients.
Have you been in an accident?
Accidents happen every second and it is hardly possible to avoid all of them. But it is in our hands to handle consequences and if they happened because of somebody else’s negligence, misbehavior or fault, get the maximum compensation for that. Therefore if you or somebody from your family was injured – do not waste your time, get a medical evaluation and call an expert law firm, for example to Yuriy Prakhin Law Office. A skillful personal injury attorney will answer your questions about the nature of your case, give you legal advice and execute all formalities in order to help you get the maximum benefit from your case.