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Personal injury is a catchall legal term used to describe a variety of types of injuries that affect you as a person.  Personal injury could encompass physical injury to your body or emotional or mental injury. The term personal injury is most often used when an injury, whether physical, emotional, or mental, is caused by the negligence of another person or entity.  Proving another person or entity’s negligence requires a Plaintiff, or the injured person, to prove specific elements under the law.  If negligence of the other party can be proven, the injured person may be entitled to certain compensation for the injury.

There are numerous types of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:

Automobile Accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

Product Defect

Personal injury cases fall under the legal umbrella of the area of tort law.  The process of navigating through such a lawsuit can be highly complex and can involve communication with doctors, insurance companies, opposing counsel, and various other individuals and entities involved in the incident resulting in a person’s injury.  Hiring an attorney to represent you who can assist you in navigating this complex system can allow you the opportunity to focus on recovering from your injury, while the attorney and the law office’s staff are fighting for your best interest in the legal system.    

Automobile Accidents

Many personal injury cases result from automobile accidents.  If someone is in an automobile accident the aftermath can be overwhelming.  At the heart of any claim is determining who is at fault and who is liable.  In addition to establishing liability, it is also important to establish the value of any damages that have occurred.  The process of determining liability and damages can be complex and it more often than not involves having to negotiate with insurance companies or if needed taking a case to the litigation stage to be put in the hands of a jury.  A personal injury attorney can assist you in navigating this complex, overwhelming system and remove some of your stress to allow you to focus on recovery.

It is important for anyone in an automobile accident to remember a few key tips in order to protect any future rights a person may have as a result of the accident.  Some of the key tips to remember include, but are not limited to the following:

 

  • Call the police and be sure to make a police report.  If an injury results from the automobile accident, the police report will be a critical component of any personal injury case.

  • Remember to take pictures of all automobiles involved in the accident to document the damage to the automobiles and the positions of the automobiles when the accident occurred.

  • If you are asked by the other party’s insurance company to give a recorded statement, seek advice of an attorney prior to proceeding because such a recording can be used against you at a later date.

  • Seek the services of medical professionals to document any injuries experienced as a result of the automobile accident.

  • Keep a written record of how the automobile accident has impacted your life (i.e. missed days from work, pain experienced, treatment received, etc.)