What is a typical personal injury case?
Car Accidents are the most common type of personal injury cases. When you are involved in an accident and the other driver is a fault, or you are a passenger, you may have a claim for any damages that you suffered. You should contact an attorney to review the facts of your claim, and advise you.
Is there any other basis for personal injury besides negligence?
A dog bite is strict liability and the dog owner is going to be liable for dog bite damages even if the dog has never shown any aggression or propensity to bite in the past. The only way to defeat strict liability is a verifiable claim of taunting or harassing the dog, or trespassing on the dog’s property.
What happens if I file a lawsuit?
If you file a lawsuit, you will probably have to answer questions from the defense attorney in writing (called interrogatories) and testify under oath (called deposition). The case could be sent to mediation. The process can take more than a year to resolve.
What will I get if I win my case?
You will receive damages. If you win your case at trial, the court or the jury will determine damages. If you settle your case, the offer will be determined by either the insurance adjuster/defense attorney and the agreement to settle will be decided by you and your attorney.
What does it mean to settle a case?
When you settle a claim, you will have accepted an offer that should encompass your medical bills, pain and suffering. Your costs, including your attorney fees will be paid from your settlement proceeds.
Does a personal injury lawsuit have to be filed within a certain amount of time?
A personal injury claim must either be settled or filed within the statute of limitations for that type of claim. You should speak to an attorney immediately to determine the statute of limitations for your claim.