What is Personal Injury Law?
While most people associate “personal injury law” with car accidents, personal injury cases essentially broadly involves injuries sustained by individuals, most commonly as a result of another’s negligence. Scenarios that generally fall under the umbrella of personal injury law include just about everything from defective products and slip and falls to defamation and injuries sustained while handling dangerous explosives.
In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party, the (plaintiff, will seek to hold the party at fault, the defendant, accountable. If the defendant is determined to be liable, the result usually takes the form of a monetary payment called damages. If both parties can agree to the terms of a settlement, then the matter can be settled out-of-court. Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, when a legal claim is at this stage, it is always in your best interests to, at least, consult with an attorney.
Representation of a personal injury law attorney provides you with leverage, especially if you are facing a large, impersonal organization such as an insurance company instead of a single person. Without the threat of legitimate legal recourse, you might settle for less than what your claim is worth. Retaining a civil prosecutor gives the impression that you’re serious which is likely to rouse the responsible party to action.
Time is generally of the essence as nearly all personal injury law claims and must be filed within a particular time period as per the statute of limitations. If a lawsuit is not filed in time your right to sue will be rendered void. Therefore, contacting a civil prosecutor as soon as you can will give your case the best possible head start. It is common for civil prosecutors to take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they are paid only if they win your case.