4 Things You Should Know About Personal Injury Law

Personal injury law is one of the types of law you’re more likely to encounter as an individual. It encompasses most types of accidents, job-related injuries or illnesses and related expenses. Here are four things you should know about personal injury law.

1. Determining Whether You Have a Case

Not all personal injury victim(s) are certain whether they have legitimate cases. You need to make this determination before you can proceed with a case. The best course of action is to make a consultation appointment with a law firm and bring all the information you have on your personal injury situation to an attorney. A consultation is typically free, but you should check whether any fees are included when you make the appointment. He or she can review your information and determine whether you have a case based on factors such as your physical injuries, the cause of the accident and your medical bills.

2. What Counts As a Personal Injury

Determining what counts as a personal injury can be quite complicated. Your attorney should be able to do so, but he or she must be provided with all the facts of your case to do so successfully. If you can prove that your injury or injuries are the result of careless actions by another party, then your injury likely counts as a personal one. Common causes of personal injury cases are car accidents, medical malpractice, product defects and wrongful death.

3. The Stages of a Case

The stages your case will follow should match closely with the stages of other legal cases. Generally, you’ll begin by meeting with a lawyer and filing court paperwork such as motions and complaints. Then your case will undergo the discovery or fact-finding process, after which you’ll likely either settle out of court or head to trial. After a trial, you’ll either appeal your case or collect on your judgment, depending on the outcome of the trial. Your attorney will guide you through the process of your case and help you decide whether to settle or go to trial.

4. Available Damages

There are two main types of available damages in personal injury cases. They are economic and non-economic compensatory damages. Economic damages encompass tangible losses and incurred costs as a result of your injury, including current or future medical bills, property damage and lost income. Economic damages are generally objective and easy to determine. By contrast, non-economic damages are more subjective and can be more difficult to agree on. Non-economic damages include a loss of enjoyment in life and mental anguish as a result of your personal injury. The specific amount available to you in damages will depend on your injuries and the costs related to those injuries, among other factors.

When you’re dealing with a legal dispute or issue of any kind, whether it’s a personal injury issue or something else, you should always contact an attorney. Lawyers build experience within their legal specialties that the average person simply doesn’t have, so an attorney will be able to assist and guide you.