Were you injured because of the negligence of another person or organization? If you were, it’s a good idea to get legal help as soon as possible. Often, the party responsible for paying damages in a personal injury case is an insurance company. Insurance companies will try to pay out as little as possible. It’s a mistake to accept a settlement from an insurance company when you’ve been injured without talking to an attorney first. An experienced attorney can often negotiate a better settlement than you would be able to, and can fight an insurance company’s attorneys in court if necessary.
The very first thing to do, in any event, is to see a medical professional about your injuries. While they may appear minor at first, injuries may turn out to be much worse than you first thought in the coming days, weeks, or even years. You won’t know the extent of your injuries until you see a doctor, and if you accept a settlement from the insurance company, you’ll waive your right to pursue damages if your injuries turn out to be more extensive in the future
What do personal injury lawyers do?
Personal injury lawyers represent people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. The most common types of personal injury cases involve automobile accidents, “slip and fall” accidents, and work-related injuries. The injuries can be physical or psychological. One characteristic of personal injury cases that can make them especially challenging is that they often involve an insurance company. The insurance companies are trying to pay as little as they can in damages, so they have experienced attorneys whose only job is to fight these types of cases. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side — an attorney who knows exactly how to stand up to the insurance companies to get the best possible settlement or the best possible outcome in court.
What are some examples of personal injury cases?
There are a wide variety of cases that fall under the personal injury umbrella. Most are vehicle-related — these include drunk driving accidents, rear-end accidents that involve head, neck, and back injuries, commercial vehicle accidents, and uninsured or under-insured motorist accidents. Of course, personal injury cases don’t all involve automobiles. Any type of injury that results from another person’s negligence can result in a personal injury case. Some common cases involve medical malpractice, injuries caused by an unsafe product, on-the-job injuries that result from unsafe working conditions, defamation of character, dog bites, slip-and-fall accidents, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, or accidents involving bicycles or pedestrians.
What do personal injury lawyers charge?
Of course, the exact amount charged will vary from lawyer to lawyer. Most charge either an hourly fee or a fee based on contingency. A contingency fee is a percentage of the settlement or amount awarded in court. Most firms will increase that percentage if the case goes to trial. At Carr | Woodall, we don’t think that’s fair. We charge the same fee whether you settle out of court or go to trial.