Preparing to Make a Successful Personal Injury Claim

20 Sep

Someone said that accidents are similar to love; they attack the unsuspecting and in most cases violently. Well, this can be argued back and forth but the underlying truth is too obvious to ignore. In the modern world you are prone to accidents wherever you might be.


Walking Victims

Take for instance if you decide to take your dog for a walk in the park. As you take in the breeze you accidentally walk slip on a wet surface outside a popular restaurant. The floor is wet yet unmarked to warn you. You break your collar bone and in no time you are in and out of hospital for therapy.

This might seem unusual but it happens every day at the workplace, in the park, on the roads and even at home. In all these cases someone is negligent and hence your accident leading to pain and trauma. This is where personal injury law comes into play.

Arming Yourself

If you or a loved one has been in any type of accident it is about time you started thinking about making a legal claim for damages. The best way to do this is by preparing yourself with information in order to make an informed decision.

To get insight on the type of help you can get under the law, look at these frequently asked questions on personal injuries for a start:

• Do I have a legal claim? This is the most crucial question which also highlights why you need an attorney. Proving negligent conduct is what leads to the assertion that you have a legal claim and this requires research by a dedicated team of lawyers.

• What does it cost? Making a legal claim is initially free. If you are working with a lawyer this will be on contingency basis meaning you only pay them when they successfully file and win you compensation.

• What damages can one file for? Again this depends on the particular accident. However under civil law you can file for loss of wages, compensation for medical bills, wrongful death, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and companionship.

• When can one make this claim? Under the statute of limitations any case arising from injuries must be filed within a certain time limit. Different regions and varying injuries have different time limits but it is better to file your claim as soon as possible.

• Must I hire a lawyer? It is not a must because making your claim starts with talking to an insurance company. Of course you want an expedited payment but remember a lawyer helps you recover full compensation. In short a lawyer ensures that you are not taken advantage of.

• What if the insurance company makes a quick settlement? First remember that insurance companies are in the business of minimizing payouts as much as possible. If they can get a way out by preying on your desperation they will do so. A solicitor helps to determine if you could get a better deal.

Personal injury covers a wide range of areas and you should never suffer in silence while there is help. Consultation with many established lawyers is free and you should talk to one at least to get an idea if you have a case.

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