1. What exactly is a personal injury case?
A personal injury claim is a case in which you were hurt because of something that somebody else did or was responsible for (e.g., a car accident, truck accident or slip and fall). This usually occurs when someone is negligent. A lawyer will be able to tell you whether your case is a personal injury case.
2. What does "negligence" mean?
Negligence is when someone doesn't do what they are supposed to. For example, drivers are supposed to stop at red lights. They have a legal responsibility to do so. So, if a driver sees a red light but doesn't stop, they were negligent. If they run the red light and cause you to be hurt, then they are responsible for the damages that result from their negligence.
3. How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
Talk to a lawyer. Many lawyers will talk to you for free to determine if you have a valid case. Don't rely on the advice of anyone who isn't a lawyer. The biggest question is whether you can prove that someone is responsible for your injury; this isn't always an easy question to answer, and that's why you should talk to a lawyer.
4. How much compensation can I get?
Personal injury cases can vary drastically in value. The case is worth what your damages are. Damages can be medical bills, loss of wages, missed days of work, etc. One guide is to ask how much your medical expenses are. If you have 500 dollars in medical bills your case is worth much less than if your case is 50,000 dollars in medical bills. The most open damages are "pain and suffering." Some would say that pain and suffering is usually three times the medical bills.
5. What are the most important things to do right after an accident?
It's always wise to get medical attention if you are hurt in an accident. With car accidents, make sure to get a police report. Do this even if the other driver tries to pressure you into not calling the police - it is one of the most important first steps that you take. Take pictures, get a police report, get medical attention, get the other driver's insurance information and license plate, and talk to a