Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Quick Look At Personal Injury

By Matthew Kerridge

Personal injury is defined as harm done to a person, whether it is physical or mental. This term has been turned into a common phrase thanks to the attorneys that advertise that being their specialty. In a court of law, those that cause injury to others is liable for damages and possibly wages lost. There are many ways that these injuries occur, the most common being automobile accidents and medical neglect.

Car accident victims are usually the people that claim body and property damage, but they are not the only ones that are taking their claims to court. Industrial neglect and medical malpractice is high on the list of popular reasons to have a lawsuit for injury. Getting hurt at work is often severe enough that the person is unable to work again, creating the need for legal assistance.

Some injury cases do not make it as far as court. Many times either the plaintiff does not want to pursue the case, or it is settled out of court. Either way it may be necessary to contact a lawyer to get the legal help that is needed.

Lawyers that will take injury cases usually do not require a fee paid upfront. This is not true for some, so be sure to check the rules and regulations before committing to an attorney. Many of the attorneys take their commission out of the amount that is awarded to the plaintiff. It is important to check the percentage the lawyer plans to take.

There are many advertisements of personal injury lawyers that run on television and radio every day. This can be important when looking for an attorney to handle an injury case. But there are other ways of finding a strong, reliable lawyer to represent an injury case.

Many attorneys that specialize in personal injury will offer a free initial consultation. This is done to see if you have a case that could win, therefore, the lawyer can collect the fees. If it looks as if the case can not be won, they usually will not take the case and give legal advice to those that can take another route.

There are many lawyers that specialize in cases involving physical and mental injuries. Many of them can tell you over the phone if your case has a chance of winning. The amount of money won can often be determined by the amount of damage done. To find out more, contact one of the many attorneys that are dedicated to helping those with injuries.

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