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5 Facts of Personal Injury Law

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5 FACTS OF PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Personal injury law enables an individual to file a lawsuit for personal loss stemming from an incident or accident.  However, if you have not yet hired an attorney to assist you, you should know some essential facts in order to have a better understanding of the process. 

Fact 1: Personal injuries are unique in nature

Although the most commonly occurring cases involve car accidents, the truth of the matter is that personal injury cases cover a wide range of situations. This can include pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, dog attacks, and slip accidents. Hence, it is applicable in situations where a person causes injury to another individual due to negligence.

Fact 2: Civil court proceedings

Personal injury cases go through civil court proceedings as opposed to criminal cases which are handled through criminal court. Additionally, the majority of the personal injury cases, approximately 98%, can be settled through litigation or without even having to go to court.

Fact 3: The nature of the cases are time-bound

In personal injury cases, the plaintiff has a limited amount of time to file against the defendant. The time limits vary across states, however, in Nevada, it starts from when the incident occurred.

Fact 4: Do not immediately accept an insurance company’s first offer

Insurance companies are in the business of making profits. One such way for them to do this is by limiting their claim loss as much as possible by undervaluing your losses. Remember that when the insurance company makes you an offer, they are not likely compensating you for all of your damages.  Call this skilled and experienced lawyer to find out your rights and to discuss whether the offer was fair and reasonable.

Fact 5: Personal injury attorneys do not require upfront payment 

Typically, in other avenues of the law barring personal injury; attorneys require upfront payment or an advance to represent an individual. However, with regards to personal injury law, an attorney works on the basis of a contingency instead of an up-front payment. The payment is contingent upon their success in representing your case. If they win the settlement, then a portion of the recovery becomes their fee.

Remember, that when the insurance company makes you an offer, they are not likely compensating you for all of your damages. Call this skilled and experienced lawyer to find out your rights and to discuss whether the offer was fair and reasonable.

These 5 essential facts of personal injury law should help you understand the importance of hiring the right attorney to assist you and to ensure you maximize your recovery.