Personal Injury Law: 7 Frequently Asked Questions

August is typically the most dangerous month for traffic accidents and fatalities. If you are injured in an auto accident you may be entitled to compensation. The following information will help you understand some of the general principles of personal injury law. It is important to speak with an attorney about your rights, options and obligations.

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  1. Do I need an attorney for my personal injury? – Insurance companies employ attorneys to protect their interests and it is in their interest to make the lowest possible payment for your injuries. You need an attorney to make sure your interests are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve. Avoid making a statement, signing an agreement or accepting a settlement before speaking to an attorney.
  2. How long will it take to receive compensation for my injuries? – It may take time for the complete effects and costs associated with your injury to become apparent. Preparing a solid case or negotiating with an insurance company may also take time. It may be tempting to take a quick payout to cover your immediate expenses, but it is important to consider the complete cost of your injury.
  3. What kind of compensation might I receive for my injuries? – Compensation may include money for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, disabilities, pain and suffering, as well as other hardships caused by your injuries.
  4. Is there a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit?Statutes of limitation determine your deadline for filing a lawsuit. Some statutes may be less than a year. It is important to discuss the statutes that apply to your case with an attorney to make sure you do not miss any important filing or notification deadlines.
  5. Will I receive more compensation if I go to court? – Your attorney can help you decide the best course of action for your particular case. In some instances it may be beneficial to accept a negotiated settlement to avoid the time and expense of a court case. In other situations where a fair settlement cannot be reached it may be necessary to go to court.
  6. Would I still receive compensation if I were partly responsible for the accident? – This would depend on the state or province where the accident occurred. In some states and provinces you may not be entitled to compensation if you are partly responsible for your injuries. Other states have laws that are used to determine compensation based on your level of fault in the accident. Your attorney will explain the laws that apply to your case.
  7. How does a contingency fee work? – A contingency fee means the attorney does not receive payment until the opposing party pays a settlement or verdict. In many cases the total fee is a percentage of the money received from the other party plus expenses.