Frequently Asked Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Questions
What is a personal injury case?
A personal injury case is a case in which a person is injured as a result of a civil wrongdoing or negligent act on the part of a person or entity.
What kinds of cases involve personal injury lawsuits?
Personal injury lawsuits involve any case in which a person is injured as a result of the carelessness or negligence on the part of someone else. The most common type of personal injury cases are automobile accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, construction accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, and assisted living facility abuse and neglect.
Should I contact an attorney if I am involved in a personal injury accident?
If you suffer an injury as a result of the negligence or careless act of another, you should contact a personal injury attorney to advise you as to what your rights are.
What does “no recovery, no attorney’s fees” mean?
As opposed to charging a fee to represent a client to protect his or her rights, the law firm is willing to represent the injured party and will only be paid a fee out of monies received when the case is resolved. No fee will be paid if no recovery of monies is received.
Is there a term used to describe the agreement between the law firm and the injured party (client)? We take personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that if you do not receive a recovery for your personal injury case, you will not owe my law firm attorney’s fees.
What if there is more than one person or entity responsible for my injuries?
There are many cases in which more than one person or entity may be responsible for injuries one sustains in a personal injury action. When this is the case, the claims are made against each of the responsible parties. During the pendency of the case, division of fault usually will become an issue that is either decided through negotiations or by the trier of fact, which is normally a jury.
If I get hurt at work, what type of case do I have?
When an employee is injured at work, the employee is entitled to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include lost wages as a result of injuries that prevent the employee from working as well as medical care and treatment for rehabilitation.
How much is my case worth?
Each case is different and depends on many factors. The first factor to take into consideration is the issue of liability and whether there is fault on the part of some other person or entity.
Once fault is determined, the next element of a personal injury case is the amount of damages to which a person is entitled. This depends on the seriousness of the injuries and the effect on one’s life. One that is injured because of the negligence of another is entitled to recover economic damages such as lost wages and medical expenses. Depending on the injury, the injured person is also entitled to non-economic damages such as compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience and loss of the ability to enjoy life.