Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer
A legal advisor who offers representation to offended parties asserting physical or mental injury as the direct result of the carelessness or imprudence of someone else, element or association.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Any case that includes detrimental harm either physically or mentally falls under the umbrella of personal injury law. The most common of such cases deal with:
- Animal bite/attack injuries
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
Animal Bite Injuries
Dog bites can happen quickly and typically when least expected. A bite can be in the form of punctures, tears or sensitive tissue injury, or broken bones. Left untreated, dog attack wounds can quickly develop into dangerous infections. Subsequently, you may require extensive treatment or even reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately, left untreated, some bites can actually be fatal.
Owners are liable for individual injuries caused by their dogs. It isn’t essential to prove that the owner knew (or should have understood) that the dog was likely to attack.
Truck, Car, Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Impacts between huge business trucks — heavy transports, semis, big hauler trucks, and other commercial vehicles — and private vehicles are frequently more severe. The size and weight of a large industrial truck makes an accident more dramatic and the damages more extensive. The business responsibility for that truck and driver can complicate receiving remuneration for the injuries sustained.
The most common cause of such accidents is driver error. They regularly occur due to driver distraction, use of cell phones, intoxication, or because the driver is speeding. Any or all of these can lead to a disastrous result.
As a passenger, you are significantly more at risk for extensive injury or even death. Even so called “fender-benders” can nonetheless cause serious injuries. Injuries incurred involving motorcycles can cause ongoing agony and tend to be more severe due to the fact the rider is relatively unprotected. Injuries from such accidents might even restrict or preclude your capacity to work. Subsequently, the monetary expenses of a motorcycle accident can be significant.
Seeking compensation following any of these incidents requires a careful and accurate evaluation of time and assets. You need lawyers with the experience and resources to evaluate the situation and offer professional advice on how to proceed.
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
After a mishap, you will presumably contact or be contacted by an insurance agency. They have one objective, to pay you as little as possible and contain their risk. They are experts whose loyalties and concerns lie with their company, not you.
By seeking the counsel of an individual personal injury attorney, you protect yourself and effectively have someone in your corner. Because they know the law and work with insurance companies on a regular basis, they can work on your behalf to make sure you receive a fair and just settlement or, when necessary, take the case to trial.
Finding an Experienced Lawyer
Finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you is as important as the medical professional you choose. Look for an attorney who has ample and proven experience with personal injury cases. Where possible ask for referrals from friends, associates and others who have had personal experience and/or knowledge of local attorneys.
Many people advise avoiding attorneys who have themselves represented big insurance agencies fearing that they might either be too sympathetic with the insurance providers or are too quick to settle. Then again, a prepared offended party’s attorney who has some experience on the opposite side can be an advantageous resource simply because of their past experience.
Choosing the Right Lawyer
Any accident can be traumatic, frequently with lasting physical and emotional repercussions. Fortunately, you do have options for seeking compensation. Naturally, your first course of action will be to seek medical attention when necessary but keep in mind time is not on your side. The sooner you seek legal counsel the better for you and the better for the attorney who will ultimately go to battle for you. Even so, you should allow yourself the time to carefully and prudently shop for the right lawyer for you and your particular case.
Once you’ve selected an attorney you trust, set up a meeting as soon as possible. Baumgartner Law Firm Accident & Injury Lawyers recommends that you bring duplicates of any and all records that you have concerning your case: police report, doctor’s visit report and expenses, lost wages data, and all correspondence with the insurance agency.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Most personal injury attorneys don’t charge for the initial meeting. We realize that the expenses of an accident can be overwhelming. We also realize that hiring an attorney will greatly improve any chances you have to be reimbursed for these expenses. Don’t allow the worry of the additional expense of a lawyer prevent you from getting the assistance you need.