Thousands of people visit emergency rooms every year all across the country, and many among them wonder if they should turn to a personal injury lawyer to help them recover their losses. A personal injury lawyer represents individuals and families who have been injured by negligent persons or companies. Without legal representation, it’s easy for victims to be victimized twice by not getting the compensation they deserve for their injury and related damages. A serious injury can quickly result in significant medical treatment bills, the loss of one’s job, and many changes in one’s daily routine. For these reasons, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
If you sustained a catastrophic injury because of another’s actions, discover how our personal injury lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve from those responsible for harming you. Call today to schedule a case review.
What is necessary for a victim to file a lawsuit against the liable party?
There are several criteria that must be met in order for a lawsuit to result in a financial award for the victim. After a review of your case, a personal injury lawyer will have a better understanding of whether or not your injury claim meets the necessary criteria. In particular:
- Was the other party directly responsible for causing you serious harm because of their negligence?
- Was their act of negligence avoidable?
- Is the damage associated with your injury measurably significant and there is proof of the damage?
What are indicators that an injury is serious enough to file a personal injury lawsuit?
The short answer is that when an injury results in significant financial and/or emotional costs to the victim, a personal injury lawyer may deem their claim to be viable for legal action. The damages are not limited to the medical bills from treating the injury. For example, even a broken foot or leg can make it impossible to safely operate a motor vehicle. This may severely hamper the person’s ability to commute to and from work. If there is not a bus route near their home and their office, they may have to resort to paying for a costly alternative such as a taxi service. If their job requires the operation of a vehicle or heavy machinery, the victim may not be able to work until or unless they recover from their injury. As a result, the victim may suffer tremendous damages.
Are out-of-court settlements common?
When a personal injury lawyer from our firm takes on a client who was injured in an act of negligence, most of the time their case isn’t settled by a jury’s decision—the defendant will settle out of court, often before the trial even begins. This is extremely advantageous to the victim because it often negates the need to testify in court. A settlement is also less costly to negotiate than engaging in a lengthy trial. A settlement also avoids the possibility of an acquittal.
To learn more about whether or not you have a viable personal injury claim, contact a law firm for a consultation with a lawyer.