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When you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has lost his or her life due to the actions or inactions of another person, you have a personal injury case and will need a personal injury lawyer.
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A personal injury claim could include dog bites; slip and fall cases; medical malpractice; defamation, including libel and slander; intentional torts such as assault and battery; and motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, trailer truck accidents, car accidents and boat accidents.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Case? Only an attorney will be able to tell you if you have a case. However, if you have been injured by the actions of another person or business, you should contact a personal injury lawyer.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me? Jurisdiction and venue determine where you must file your personal injury claim with the courts. It's always best to choose a personal injury lawyer in the correct jurisdiction. In most cases, you will need an attorney in your county. Sometimes cases cross county lines or even state lines. Should this happen, most personal injury attorneys will cross county lines. Some may cross state lines, depending on licensing requirements and bar association rules.

How Do I Get a Personal Injury Claim Started? When you visit a personal injury attorney for an initial consultation, bring as much information as you can with you. Pictures, medical bills and other documentation will help the attorney explain your rights.

What If I Can't Get to an Attorney? Many personal injury attorneys will come to you if you are still in the hospital, and especially if you are expected to be in the hospital for some time.

What If I Don't Have Money? Explain your situation to the attorney during the consultation. Attorneys understand that accidents are unplanned or that you have spent a lot of money on medical care.

How Long Will My Case Take? There is no answer to this since each case is different. Even if you and another person had similar cases, you may have different insurance companies, different attorneys and even a different judge. These and other factors determine how long your case may take.

How Much Money Will I Get? This is also dependent upon several factors, so the answer is not immediately clear. The factors include whether you settle or go to trial, if the person who caused the accident is found to be negligent, if the court orders that you were in part negligent and several other factors.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Claim Cost? This is dependent on several factors, including the amount of time the attorney puts into the case, the number of hearings you may have to attend before settlement or trial, how many expert witnesses you may need, and whether you settle or go to trial. The length of the discovery process, including depositions, also plays a role in cost. Attorneys are entitled to one-third of anything they recover if the case settles, and they are entitled to 40 percent of the recovery if the case goes to trial.

First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim

Always call 911 first if the accident is a vehicle accident. Even if you fell and hurt yourself, whether in a business, at a friend's home or in your own home, call first responders before you take other action. They will check out your injuries.

Once you have been injured, if at all possible, take pictures of the accident scene. Be sure to take pictures from several different angles. If it is not possible to take pictures, but you are able to make a phone call, call a loved one to notify them of the accident, which hospital you are going to, and to have a loved one take pictures.

Even if you think you feel fine, you should always go to the emergency room or see your physician if you can get in right away. Some injuries take some time, whether a few hours or several days, to show up. X-rays and scans will be able to locate most injuries that you may not feel right away.

If you are a relative or friend of a person who died as a result of an accident, get all of the information you can from the police and other first responders. Understandably, you may be overcome with grief. In this situation, it is better to just call a personal injury attorney immediately. The personal injury attorney will be able to help you through the initial steps, including helping you make arrangements if you have no one else to help you.

Working With Your Attorney

Before your personal injury attorney can file a case and start working on a settlement or preparing for trial, you'll have to go through the discovery process. While this is tedious, it is an integral part of the lawsuit. You can make this process go faster and easier if you start preparing even before you meet the attorney for the initial consultation.

Pictures

This is where the pictures come in. Once you take pictures, print them or develop them right away. Make notations on the pictures so you won't forget what they are. Notations should include where you were standing and the date of the picture. You may also describe exactly what you are taking a picture of. For example, in a car accident, you might be taking a picture of parts of the car's body on the ground. You'll need to note which vehicle that came from.

Medical Records

Keep all of the medical records that pertain to the accident. Keep them in dated order. If the records are from the same date and have a time stamp on them, use the time stamp to keep them in order for the specific day.

Instead of having a whole stack of records, divide the records by date. Depending on the extent of your injuries – or your loved one's, if you are doing this for someone who cannot do this – you may have enough records to fill a file folder for a week, or it may be a month. Use your discretion to keep them as neat and orderly as possible. Always bring in copies of any documents. You may not get your originals back.

Other Records

If you have other records, whether tow receipts, vehicle repair receipts, witness names, insurance company records or any other information related to the accident, be sure to bring that in, also.

Pain & Suffering

Pain and suffering is a major part of many injuries. The pain and suffering could last a short time or a long time. Keeping all medical records will help your attorney and the courts determine if you are constantly in pain and if you are suffering from injuries, whether long or short term. Since people usually cannot see when you are in pain or you are suffering, you'll need those medical records to back up your claim.

Records that could show pain and suffering include prescription records and repeat doctor's visits for your injury. Surgery records will also help show your attorneys and the court the length of your suffering since certain surgeries are known to produce pain for an average time.

The Final Steps of Your Personal Injury Claim

Once you go through the discovery process, your attorney will sit with you to discuss a possible settlement. You'll come up with a number that is reasonable compensation for what you've been through. The attorney will present it to the other attorney or attorneys on the case. If everyone accepts, the court will ratify the agreement and you'll be able to accept a check.

If the other side does not accept the offer, it may counter offer or decline it. You may submit yet another counter offer, or you may decide to go to trial. Your attorney will help you make that decision. Always keep in mind that if you do go to trial, there's always the possibility that the court could order a lower amount. Your personal injury attorney will help you determine if you should take that chance and go to court based on the facts of your case.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured, or you have a loved one that has been injured or died in or because of an accident, call 1-800-Injured now.

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