Have you suffered some form of personal injury, but you are not sure if you have a “case” against the person or agency who hurt you? An experienced personal injury attorney can determine the value of your case and give you sound advice as to how to pursue your claim. A good personal injury lawyer will always examine your case at no charge, and give you sound advice as to how to proceed to collect damages.
Personal injury comes in a variety of types. While most of us think of personal injury as something relating to car accidents, there are also many successful personal injury cases filed which deal with contaminated drugs or food, a slip and fall, and accidents related to work. Any type of injury which causes pain and suffering is probably a case which can be handled by a professional personal injury attorney.
Personal injury lawyers work with you to determine the value of your case, or how much you can expect to receive in damages. This amount will depend on several factors.
The first thing a personal injury attorney will consider is the extent of your injuries. Despite wide-spread stories of multi-million dollar settlements for a simple accident with minor injuries, this is rarely the case. In most cases, minor injuries mean small settlements. However, if the injury is relatively minor but unfortunately promises to present long-term problems, the figure may be higher. Medical bills will also determine the amount of your settlement; if you have large expenses from being treated for your injuries, a good personal injury attorney will necessarily seek more in damages than if you have only small medical bills.
Another thing a good personal injury lawyer will consider is the nature of the accident and how it was caused. Liability can be a tricky issue, and a good personal injury attorney will consider who caused the accident, where the accident occurred, and who is ultimately responsible for the accident. The answer to this question may be different than you would expect; for example, if someone borrows a car and causes an accident while driving, both the owner of the car and the driver may be liable for the damages caused.
Finally, a lawyer will evaluate what your case is likely to bring if it goes to trial, versus the amount offered in settlement. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, for a very good reason: you never know if you will win a lawsuit, and rather than risk an expensive and protracted trial process, it may be financially wiser to take a settlement. However, it is usually wise to let an experienced personal injury attorney determine this amount. Determining what is a good settlement amount and what is insufficient is a skill, which is developed through experience and education. Many inexperienced lawyers grossly overestimate or underestimate how much a case should realize. It is far better to secure the services of an expert personal injury attorney if you have sustained an injury, and be sure that your case brings in what it is truly worth.
This guest blog post was provided by the Anaheim personal injury lawyers in California at Bisnar Chase, a law firm with a reputation for honesty and an unparalleled track record of success.