In this section we've put together a starting list for anyone injured in an accident, and looking to educate themselves on their rights and legal options.
Learning the Basics: Personal Injury Law
Start here to get a sense of what "personal injury" means, and the key elements of these kinds of cases.
Common Terms You'll Hear in a Personal Injury Case
If you're involved in a personal injury case, these legal terms are very likely going to be thrown around.
"Tort" Law and Lawyers
What is a tort? "Tort" is just an older and stranger word for "personal injury."
How to File a Personal Injury Claim
Follow these basic steps to bring an injury-related insurance claim or lawsuit after an accident.
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Common Kinds of Personal Injury Cases
Any kind of accident or incident can lead to a personal injury case, but here are the most common kinds of claims.
What is the "Duty of Care" in Personal Injury Law?
Proving fault in most personal injury cases means proving that someone breached the "duty of care." Here's what that means.
Intentional Torts vs. Negligence in Personal Injury Cases
Different liability rules exist for injuries ("torts" in legalese) that are committed intentionally versus accidentally.
Assumption of Risk in a Personal Injury Case
If you were injured during a risky activity that you voluntarily participated in, do you still have a personal injury case? What if you signed a waiver?
The Burden of Proof in a Personal Injury Case
What is "by a preponderance of the evidence" and how do you establish it? Learn about the burden of proof requirement in a personal injury lawsuit.
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Gathering Evidence For Your Personal Injury Claim
After an accident, you'll need evidence to support any personal injury claim you decide to make.
Making a Personal Injury Claim When You Can't 'Prove' Fault
If your goal is to settle your injury claim with an insurance company, you don't need to prove fault to get compensation.
Releasing Your Medical Records in a Personal Injury Case
Medical records play a key role in any personal injury claim, and any relevant records are usually in play.
Timeline of an Accident Claim & Personal Injury Case
A chronological overview of the accident claim and personal injury case process: From accident, through settlement and lawsuit.
How Long After an Accident Should You File an Injury Claim?
Make sure you file your injury claim or lawsuit in time - but don't settle before you've received enough medical treatment or healed well enough to understand the impact of your injuries.
Step One in Your Injury Claim: The Notification Letter
Giving notice of an accident and your injuries ensures the responsible party is aware of their potential liability should you file a personal injury claim.
How Witnesses Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim
Locate and best utilize any witnesses to the accident that led to your injury claim.
The Independent Medical Examination (IME) in a Personal Injury Claim
In many personal injury cases, the defendant (usually through an insurer) wants the injured claimant to attend an independent medical examination.
Collecting Your Injury Settlement Money or Judgement
Once you've accepted a settlement offer or won your personal injury trial, when will you actually get your money?
Delay & Deny: How Insurance Companies Minimize Injury Claim Payments
Get informed on the tactics insurance companies use to delay, deny or minimize the amount of damages payable to the injured claimant.
Defenses Against Your Personal Injury Claim
If you're filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit, here are the defenses most likely to be employed by the insurance company or defense attorney.
Effect of Tort Reform on Personal Injury Cases
Tort reform is legislation that limits a plaintiff's ability to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit - and it's a controversial subject.
When Your Personal Injury Claim Becomes Fraud
If you're making a personal injury claim, be sure to play by the rules, avoid exaggerating injuries, and steer clear of any hints of fraud.
How to Deal With a Personal Injury Lien
If there is a lien against your personal injury case, your options for resolving it depend on the type of lien holder and the strength of your case.
Personal Injury Cases Involving Children
How does the law protect children who are hurt in an accident? Who is liable when a minor causes an injury?
What is a Malicious Prosecution Claim?
If a civil or criminal case is wrongfully prosecuted, the defendant in that case may be able to turn around and sue the plaintiff for malicious prosecution.
Lawsuits for Malicious Prosecution or Abuse of Process
If someone has wrongfully sued you or prosecuted you for a crime, you may have a valid malicious prosecution or abuse of process claim.
Injury Lawsuits for STD Infection and Disclosure
Can you sue someone for knowingly infecting you with a sexually transmitted disease? Can you sue someone for disclosing that you have an STD? Both cases may be grounds for a lawsuit.
Legal Recourse When Falsely Accused of a Crime
What legal options do you have after having been wrongfully accused, prosecuted, then exonerated for a crime you did not commit?
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