When an innocent person is injured or becomes ill in the United States because of another person or entity’s negligence, malice or recklessness, the victim of this may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are the result of the event that has caused them to suffer. When someone dies as the result of another person or party’s negligence, malice or recklessness, the victim’s surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are the result of their loved one’s accident and passing, as well as for things such as their grief and loss.

Personal Injury

In legal speak, a personal injury is when an innocent person is injured or becomes ill because of one or more person’s negligent, malicious or reckless behavior, action or inaction. If a person is ill or was made ill in the past because of this, in legal terms, it is referred to as a personal injury, rather than a personal illness or anything else that differentiates an illness from an injury.

Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer to help you with a personal injury claim, it is important that they are licensed to practice law in the state that you were injured in. 

It is not mandatory to hire a lawyer to file a personal injury claim for you but many people recommend this for a variety of reasons. A bottom line for many is that hiring a personal injury lawyer often saves the victim and their family a lot of time they do not have, along with preventing the extra levels of stress they do not need that often come with trying to file a personal injury claim without the help of a lawyer..

In addition to saving a personal injury victim and their family time and from unneeded stress, hiring a personal injury lawyer oftentimes, ultimately saves them moneyl. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that the plaintiff, the victim of a personal injury and/or their family, does not have to pay their lawyer’s legal fees unless the defendant makes an offer and the plaintiff agrees to settle the case, or it goes to court and the judge or jury decides in favor of the plaintiff. In this kind of arrangement, it is agreed on in advance that the lawyer or law firm gets a percentage of any settlement or award made to the plaintiff. If no settlement is agreed upon and the plaintiff does not win their case, they do not have to pay any attorney fees.

Insurance Companies and Personal Injures

Depending on the nature, severity and circumstances of a personal injury, many victims do not wind up getting anywhere near the amount that they are entitled to and very much need, without the help of a good lawyer. A key reason for this is that the insurance companies who are often responsible for paying a victim on behalf of a policy holder, spend a lot of time and money on resources to make sure that they make as much money as they can- by offering victims of personal injuries as little as they can get away with. Because of this, even though a personal injury lawyer may get a percentage of the money a victim gets from their claim, the amount that a lawyer can negotiate for, will often be higher than what a victim and/or their family could have gotten on their own.

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