FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

If you have been seriously injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Personal injury claims, also known as "tort" claims, follow specific provisions established by the state in which you reside. However, most states follow the same guidelines for personal injury lawsuits.

What are some examples of personal injury claims?

There is a wide range of claims that may be filed under a personal injury lawsuit including, but not limited to those involving auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, product liability, brain injuries, workplace injuries, birth injuries, and more.

What damages can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?

There are a number of economic and non-economic damages that may be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation can be recovered for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost income capacity, lost earning capacity, and more. All damages include present and future expected losses. You may also be eligible to recover punitive damages if you can prove the defendant's conduct was intentional or malicious.

What do I need to prove before I can file a personal injury lawsuit?

In all personal injury lawsuits, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. This means that you must prove by a preponderance of evidence that your injuries were a direct result of the defendant's negligent actions. If you can prove the extent of the injuries suffered, you can be awarded compensation for your losses. In most cases, a qualified personal injury attorney will appoint medical professionals as well as other expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.

What is a statute of limitations?

All personal injury lawsuits are subject to a statute of limits that varies depending on laws of the state where you live. A statute of limitations limits the amount of time a victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit. In many states, the time limit begins immediately after the injury occurs. However, there are exceptions to the statute. Contact a personal injury attorney to find out the laws in your state.

What will it cost me to file a personal injury lawsuit?

Most personal injury lawyers work on a "contingency fee" basis, which means that it will cost you nothing to pursue a personal injury claim. If your case is successfully resolved, then they will take a percentage of your award to cover attorney fees.

What should I do if I want to file a personal injury lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, it is important to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney who will protect your legal rights and maximize your interests. Please contact us today to speak to a qualified personal injury lawyer FREE OF CHARGE.

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