Four Situations That Require a Personal Injury Lawyer
Being involved in an accident that is out of your control can be extremely traumatic. Each year, millions of personal injury lawsuits are filed in the United States alone. These lawsuits are generally filed by individuals who have been severely injured through no fault of their own. Nearly 95 percent of all personal injury lawsuits are settled out of court.
Knowing when to hire a lawyer is something many accident victims struggle with. Here are some of the situations when retaining a personal injury lawyer makes sense.
1. Following a Car Accident
Approximately two million drivers suffer permanent injuries after a car accident each year. According to Stephen Hasner at Hasner Law, “If you are involved in a car accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another driver, filing a lawsuit may be necessary.”
He continues, “Long-term injuries caused by a car accident could prohibit you from working and providing for your family. Rather than letting these injuries lead to financial and emotional distress, you need to take action and contact a lawyer.”
Lawyers have extensive knowledge regarding how much your injuries are worth. Once they have the information about your personal situation, they will be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Because of a statute of limitations, waiting too long to file a lawsuit can lead to the inability to get compensation for your injuries. This is why contacting a lawyer in the days following your car accident is very important.
2. Injuries from a Defective Product
For the most part, consumers can trust the products they use, but in some cases, that trust can be betrayed when defective products are sold to the general public. There are many instances when defective products cause serious injuries. If you have been on the receiving end of a defective product and suffered injuries, you should consider filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
To do this, schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer in your area. Before the meeting, gather as much information and evidence as you can about the defective product in question, as well as a detailed description of the health problems it has caused you. After a lawyer looks at the details of your case, they can offer you some advice on whether or not to pursue a lawsuit.
3. Medical Mistakes and Negligence
Going in for surgery is something millions of people do each year in the United States. Regardless of how “safe” the surgery in question is supposed to be, there is always a risk of mistakes happening during the procedure. If a medical professional makes a mistake during surgery, it can result in their patient being injured. In some instances, these injuries can be both severe and long-term.
Getting compensated for medical malpractice can be a complex process. In many cases, it is difficult to prove that a doctor was negligent and will require extensive investigation and evidence, along with the help of an attorney. While monetary compensation may not fix your injuries, it will make it easier for you to carry on with your life with the added financial support you receive.
4. Slip and Fall Accidents
Slipping and falling in a store or business can be both embarrassing and traumatic. These accidents generally occur as a result of the business owner’s negligence. Failing to alert customers to wet floors or having unsafe walkways are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents. Working with a lawyer after such an incident can help you understand how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Take Your Time When Selecting a Lawyer
Researching the lawyers in your area is crucial before hiring one. Scheduling a few consultations will provide you with all of the information you need to make the right hire.
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