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Learn About Personal Injury Law
- Personal Injury Basics - Start here to learn the basic elements that affect a personal injury case.
- Fault and Liability Laws - Who caused your injury? Can you prove it?
- Damages & Compensation - How much should you get?
- Premises Liability Laws - Find out how injury law governs liability for injury on private property.
- Using a Personal Injury Lawyer - Learn about when you need one, how to choose and what to expect.
- Personal Injury Settlements - Most cases will settle after some negotiation. Here's how it works.
- Personal Injury Insurance Claims - Your personal injury case will likely involve an insurance company. Learn about dealing with them here.
- Personal Injury Lawsuits - You may need to file a civil suit to get your case rolling.
- Personal Injury Law in Your State - State laws will affect your case whether you're negotiating a settlement or going to court.
Common Types of Cases
- Car Accidents - Start here to learn about your rights after a car accident.
- Slip & Fall Accidents - Fall injuries are common, and when third party negligence is responsible, a personal injury claim may be made.
- Workplace Accidents & Workers Compensation - If you were involved in an accident at work, you'll probably be making a claim with a workers compensation insurer. Here's how these claims work.
- Medical Malpractice - When a doctor or other healthcare provider fails to perform his or her duty, and that failure causes harm, a medical malpractice case may arise.
- Animal and Dog Bite Cases - Learn about the rules of owner negligence and liability for injuries by dogs and other animals.
- Assault, Battery, and Other Intentional Torts - Unlike most personal injury claims which are based on negligence, these types of cases stem from someone purposefully harming another.
- Defective/Dangerous Product Injuries - Manufacturers -- and others -- may be held liable when someone is injured by a product or dangerous drug.
- Chemicals & Toxins: Toxic Torts - Exposure to chemicals, like asbestos, mold, and lead can cause serious health problems, but the legal cases surrounding these issues are often complicated.
- Defamation Claims: Libel and Slander - Learn the basics about defamation of character, laws protecting the defamed, and free speech.
- Wrongful Death Cases - When someone is killed in an accident - or intentionally -- a wrongful death claim may arise.
- Construction Accidents - The construction industry has more than it's fair share of accidents and injuries.
- Claims Against the Government - If the City, County, State or Federal Government played a role in your injury, the rules for bringing a case are a little different.
- Sports and Recreation Accidents - In most sporting accidents, the participant assumes some risk of injury, but that doesn't mean lawsuits don't happen.
- How to Negotiate a Personal Injury Settlement - Start here for an overview of the first steps in settling a personal injury claim.
- Will You Need a Lawyer for Your Injury Claim? - Not everyone needs an attorney to help with a personal injury case, but many would benefit.
- What is Tort Law? What's a Tort Lawyer? - "Tort" is just an older and weirder word for "personal injury."
- Does the Insurance Company Use a Formula for Compensation? - A look at the math and reason behind the insurer adjuster's compensation number for you personal injury claim.
- Putting a Dollar Value on Your Injuries - The type and extent of your injuries is one of the most important factors when it comes to determining the value of a personal injury case.
- Who is Responsible for Your Injury? - Fault (legal liability) is a key threshold issue in a personal injury claim. Here's how to prove your case.
- Compensation for Pain and Suffering - The type of injury you suffer and the nature of your medical treatment are the two basic indicators to an insurance company of the degree of pain and suffering you have endured.
- Sample Demand Letters - The first step in negotiating a personal injury claim is the written demand. Use these to help you get started.
- All Personal Injury Articles
Personal Injury Basics
Personal injuries occur when an individual sustains physical harm as a result of the willful or negligent behavior of another. The law holds irresponsible people and entities accountable for their actions, allowing injured victims to recover damages that resulted from the accident. Victims are generally able to receive compensation for things like:
- Medical/Doctor bills
- Prescription drug expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of potential future income
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
While personal injury victims may be legally entitled to recover costs associated with their injury, getting that money can be a long and arduous process - especially if you are unaware of the law and your rights as a victim. Additionally, people that are not aware of how much their claim is really worth may be inclined to accept a low offer from an insurance company. An experienced personal injury lawyer can not only help you understand your rights, but help you fight for the money you need and deserve.
A lot of people worry about the cost of hiring an attorney and if they can afford the fees of the attorney, plus the cost of their injury. Most personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis. That means they don't get paid unless you get paid. With a contingency fee, attorneys take an agreed upon percentage of the money they recover for you. It is a good idea to make sure you understand the fee arrangement before hiring an attorney to represent you (see Understanding Personal Injury Attorney Fees).
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, like a car accident, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you avoid making mistakes that may affect the outcome of your claim, provide you with the advice you need to make informed decisions about your situation and help you fight for the maximum amount of money you are entitled to under the law.