24 Feb Learning the Basics: Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law refers to a type of tort law in which legal remedies and defenses involved in civil lawsuits are brought as a result of wrongful conduct. Personal injury cases typically involve one party (the plaintiff) seeking compensation for harm caused by a defendant’s actions. Since accidents aren’t always unavoidable, the plaintiff has the burden to prove the defendant’s negligent actions caused the damages. Because personal injury cases can be quite complex, an experienced personal injury attorney is a must if you want to protect your interests and receive the compensation you deserve.
As we mentioned above, determining negligence and liability is an attorney’s most important job in a personal injury case. However, that is just the first step in resolving the case. An experienced injury attorney will also know how to identify and include additional parties that may be involved. An attorney will be able to accurately identify the nature and extent of the damages. They will also be aware of any applicable statutes of limitation and ensure that your case is handled according to the correct timelines.
Once negligence and the appropriate parties have been determined, the next step is to determine the amount of damages suffered by the plaintiff. Damages like medical bills or repair estimates can be easy to determine and calculate, but other damages may require more work and evaluation to determine. Damages like emotional distress and loss or earnings, may require more work to determine and in some cases even experts to help calculate. Finally, punitive damages (if applicable) also need to be calculated. This process is called discovery and it may take several weeks to compile all relevant facts and documentation to support the lawsuit.
In cases where liability and negligence are clear cut, an injury attorney can negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. Although a statistically significant amount of personal injury lawsuits are settled before trial, when the opposing party is not willing to accept negligence and liability, an experienced personal injury attorney with trial experience is invaluable. Without one, a plaintiffs chances of losing a case at trial is much more probable.
If you have suffered an accident or injury as a result of the negligent conduct of another party it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. As you have seen, a personal injury case can be quite complex. Your personal injury lawyer should not only protect your interests, but also be able to properly evaluate your case and damages and negotiate a favorable settlement in your favor.
With more than 10 years of experience handling and litigating personal injury claims, our attorneys know that these types of cases are about more than just legal matters. We strive to help our clients with all of the aspects of their case (not just the monetary) and the effects it has on their lives. If you have recently experienced a personal injury accident and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly for a free consultation with one of our attorneys at (888) 417-1080 or by filling out the form above.
RA & Associates, APC
1 (888) 417-1080
505 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203