Personal Injury Lawyers
A “personal injury” occurs when you or a family member are injured by someone else’s negligent conduct. The negligent party or parties could be an individual or business entity, or both, as in the case of a doctor and hospital. For example, if another driver runs a red light, hits your car and injures you, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. If a doctor fails to follow standard protocols while treating you, and you suffer injuries, that could also be grounds for a claim.
Personal injury lawsuits can involve everything from dog attacks and slip and falls (premises liability) to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor trailer accidents, medical malpractice, work-related accidents like those now occurring in the Marcellus shale gas fields, or injuries caused by defective products, such as vehicle airbags or pharmaceuticals.
In a personal injury lawsuit, you can sue for economic damages, such as past and future wage loss, and past and future medical bills, as well as non-economic damages, commonly known as pain and suffering. Those damages compensate you or your spouse for such things as emotional suffering, loss of life’s pleasures and loss of consortium. In certain cases, where the defendant showed a “reckless disregard” for your safety, you may be entitled to seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant, deter future reckless conduct and keep others safe from harm.
Whether you have grounds for a personal injury suit, and how much you can expect to recover in monetary damages from the case, depends on many factors. You should contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Powell Law to evaluate your case and determine if you have a viable claim. Don’t delay talking to a lawyer. Personal injury lawsuits are subject to a two-year time limitation from the date of the injury, known as a statute of limitations. The clock starts ticking on the date of the injury, and after it runs out, you forfeit your right to sue.
Also, you may be approached by the defendant’s insurance company with a cash offer to settle your case before you’ve had the chance to talk to a lawyer. It is likely that if they are making you an offer, they know you have a good case and they want to settle it for far less than what it’s really worth. Our advice is don’t talk to any insurance company representatives and don’t sign anything. Your best course of action is to hire an experienced personal injury attorney and let your lawyer do the talking.
While you may choose to pay your attorney on an hourly basis, most personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that any fees are paid only after the case ends in a jury verdict or out-of-court settlement. If you don’t win, you don’t pay any fees. Most of our clients choose the contingent fee arrangement. Your attorney at Powell Law will explain the details and answer any questions you may have when you come in for an evaluation of your case.
If you or a family member has been injured by someone else’s negligent behavior, and you believe you may have a personal injury claim, contact us TODAY for a FREE evaluation of your case. Remember, you don’t pay any fees unless we win.