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Personal Injury Lawyers For You: Some Guidelines

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Before you go about wasting your time chasing a personal injury lawyer for yourself, you should evaluate how serious is the injury that resulted from the accident.  Taking someone to court over a minor whiplash or bump might not be wise.  It only makes sense in hiring a personal injury lawyer if the injury has caused you physical, mental, and financial pain and would keep you from earning your livelihood.  If your injuries are very minor and are covered by your  insurance plan, it is not necessary to hire a lawyer.  Be a good citizen and do not clog the justice system and waste taxpayers’ money.  All lawyers are not “ambulance chasers” and a good lawyer will not take your case if it is frivolous.   

The most common personal injuries for which you may need to hire a lawyer are:

Animal bites, asbestos injuries, auto accidents, aviation/airplane accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries, boating injuries, burn injuries, bus accidents, car accidents, catastrophic injuries, construction accidents, defective products, dog bite injuries, head/brain injuries, malpractice injuries, maritime accidents, medical malpractice injuries, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, etc.

Other basis for a legal action may be for injuries resulting from:

v       Lack of property maintenance.

v       Criminal attack or sexual assault.

v       Water on floors, making them slippery.

v       Construction without adequate warning signs.

v       Unfenced pools in areas where children live or play.

v       Items falling off of shelves in stores, or displays that tip over.

v       Criminal attack on the property due to inadequate lighting or security.

v       Failure to warn of a dangerous condition on the property that was not easy to see.

v       Poorly designed or installed features that create a risk of injury to guests and visitors to the property.

 

The questions that plaintiff (claimant) should ask a personal injury lawyer:

1.       How viable my case is and what are the chances of the ruling in my favor?

2.       Is my case worth the time and court and other fees that I will have to incur?

3.       Would I be protected against the counter claim that the defendant may initiate??

4.       How much indemnity would I receive if I win to compensate you and your time?

5.       No-Win, No-fee basis of taking your case and in case you win, what percent of the settlement would he or she accept?

What to do if you are involved in an automobile accident:

1.       Stay calm and in or near your car if it is safe or you have no other option.

2.       Call 911 as soon as possible or ask someone near you to do so if you are unable.

3.       Obtain information about the other driver/drivers such as, name, address, phone number, cell phone number, car make, model, year, insurance company, and insurance agent.

4.       Get the names and phone numbers of eye witnesses, if you can, you may need to them to testify in the event the case goes to court.

5.       Document the damage by writing down all the damages that occurred to your vehicle and the other one involved. If you have a camera or cell phone camera 

      ready, take as many pictures as you can.

6.       Document any injuries to yourself, your passengers and anyone else involved.

7.       Report the accident to your insurance company. Whether you are the victim or at fault, it is necessary

             to report the accident to your insurance company.

Note:  If your condition does not allow you to do some of the above, ask the police if they will do it for you.

  

Statute of Limitation:

You can lodge a claim within three years of suffering an injury. However if claimants  are under 18 then the three year time limit does not commence until their 18th birthday. However there are instances when the three year rule does not apply.  Only a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases can tell about that.

The above information is not a legal advice.  A legal advice is tailored to the specific circumstances of each case.  Moreover your state of residency also matters.  Laws are constantly changing, nothing stated above be considered as a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.

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