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If you have been hurt or injured as a result of someone else’s intentional actions or negligence, you may have the opportunity to pursue compensation for costs incurred as a result of your injuries. This article will discuss important details about personal injury law, including what personal injury law is, common personal injury cases, and how to file a personal injury claim.
If you would like to learn more about your rights following an accident, or to learn more about the cost of a personal injury attorney, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a free case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers.
WHAT DOES A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER DO?
Personal injury is an area of law involving disputes that arise when one person suffers harm, often in the form of physical injury, which can be attributed to another party. In personal injury cases, the party that caused the harm may be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries. As a result, the responsible party or the party’s insurance company faces the possibility of having to pay money, otherwise known as “damages,” to the injured person for a variety of costs and expenses. A personal injury lawyer helps victims protect their legal rights by offering legal services to those who claim to have been injured.
A person wishing to bring a negligence lawsuit must be able to establish four key elements: (1) the alleged at-fault party owed a duty to the victim; (2) the alleged at-fault party breached the duty; (3) the alleged at-fault party’s breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries; and (4) the victim sustained a form of harm or damages.
A personal injury case is usually initiated by personal injury lawyer who agrees to represent the victim in a civil court proceeding. If the victim pursues a lawsuit, the case may progress through to trial. At trial, the victim must establish the other party’s fault to be awarded compensation for their losses. Alternatively, the parties may agree to a settlement. The settlement process often involves negotiations between those personally involved in the dispute, their insurers, and attorneys representing both sides.
COMMON PERSONAL INJURY CASES OUR FIRM HANDLES
Personal injury cases come in several forms. Some of the most common personal injury cases include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace injury
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Wrongful death
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER BEFORE HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
How Serious Are Your Injuries?
When deciding whether you should hire a personal injury attorney, it is important that you first assess the extent and severity of your injuries. In general, a personal injury lawyer will likely not be necessary if only minor injuries were sustained. Similarly, if the injury was self-treated and medical treatment was not required, hiring a personal injury attorney may not be necessary.
In contrast, it may be appropriate to consult with a personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in an accident which resulted in a serious injury. Examples of serious injuries may include:
- Broken bones;
- Large cuts or lacerations;
- Severe bleeding;
- Concussions or brain damage;
- Severe emotional distress;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
In general, if the accident resulted in an injury that led to surgery, intensive professional medical treatment, an extended hospital stay, or missed time from work, then you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
Were Your Injuries Caused by Someone Else?
A personal injury attorney may not be necessary in cases where the accident was your fault. In other words, if there is no other party — for instance, another person, motorist, or corporate entity — that can be found to be entirely or partially at-fault for the accident, then it is likely in your best interests to not consult with a personal injury lawyer.
However, in many cases, the accident was caused by another party, even if only partially. In such cases, hiring a personal injury lawyer may be appropriate. For example, if you were rear-ended by another driver and the crash resulted in a neck injury, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Even if you believe that you are partially at-fault for causing an accident, consulting with a personal injury lawyer may be in your best interests.
Has an Insurance Company Contacted You?
Following an accident, it may be necessary to file a claim with an insurance company. In many cases, you may have to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. After a claim has been filed, the insurance company or a claims adjuster who works on behalf of the insurance company will contact you to discuss the accident.
Injured claimants should be cautious when dealing with insurance companies and claims adjusters. This is because insurance companies are notorious for finding ways to minimize the value of a claim. For instance, when discussing the accident, the insurance company or claims adjuster may ask certain questions that are designed to get the injured claimant to admit fault for some or all of the accident.
The guidance of a personal injury attorney may be appropriate in cases where the insurance company has reached out to you. A personal injury attorney will be able to represent your interests during discussions with the insurance company. In doing so, the attorney will be protecting you from minimizing or destroying the value of your claim.
Are You Comfortable Handling the Settlement Process on Your Own?
Settling a personal injury claim can be an intensive process that requires keen negotiating skills. Insurance companies often hire their own attorneys with years of negotiating experiences. Entering negotiations with seasoned attorneys can be a daunting experience. Thus, hiring a personal injury attorney who may be able to protect your legal rights and negotiate on your behalf may be a wise decision.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER COST
Contingency Fee Schedule
Personal injury attorneys typically work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee is a fee that depends on the outcome of the case. In the context of a personal injury case, this means that the cost of hiring a lawyer will depend on whether the case is settled or whether a verdict is rendered in the victim’s favor. Thus, the plaintiff will only be responsible for paying attorney’s fees if a settlement is reached or if the case is tried and won. The amount owed to the attorney will be deducted from the final settlement or judgment amount.
Contingency fee arrangements between attorneys and their clients are typically structured to allow the attorney to deduct one-third of the final settlement or judgment amount. The precise compensation rate ranges from 33 to 40 percent.
Costs and Expenses
Handling a personal injury case involves a lot of work. To provide quality representation, attorneys incur several kinds of expenses. For example, an attorney may need to conduct depositions and interviews, hire expert witnesses, obtain medical records, and travel to different counties or states. These additional costs can raise the compensation rate owed to the attorney. Depending on the costs incurred, the attorney’s compensation rate can rise to up to 45 to 60 percent.
Some attorneys cover the expenses up front and then deduct the cost from the final settlement or judgment amount. Other attorneys may require you to cover these expenses as they occur. In this scenario, the progress of your case may depend on your ability to make timely payments for these expenditures.
In the event that a personal injury victim’s case settles, the attorney will likely be responsible for receiving the settlement check. He or she will then contact the client to discuss the details of the attorney’s fees and explain the amount that will be deducted from the final settlement amount.
WHAT ZINDA LAW GROUP MAY DO FOR YOU
At Zinda Law Group, our El Paso attorneys have plenty of experience in settling, litigating, and winning personal injury claims. Our dedicated team has the resources to help build a strong claim for our clients. Further, we work tirelessly to assist clients in seeking the compensation they deserve.
Our firm also believes that an injury victim should never have to worry about the cost of a personal injury lawyer. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
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