Personal injury lawyers work for the victims of accidents, malpractice, and abuse – going up against teams of lawyers for insurance companies and others on the opposing side. “P.I. attorneys” can handle lawsuits on behalf of adults, or children. They also represent the survivors of victims who died, in an area of personal injury law known as wrongful death.
People who have been hurt in accidents or because they received substandard medical care may have suffered permanent harm, but they have recourse to avoid suffering permanent financial damage as well. The law allows them to seek fair and reasonable compensation from whoever is responsible or acted negligently. It can be an individual, or it can be a business or organization, such as a hospital or a trucking company, or the manufacturer of a defective product. If negligence can be proven, they can be held monetarily responsible. The victim may be entitled to money damages in order to pay medical bills, for lost wages, to compensate for pain and suffering, and for permanent disability. In the case of a wrongful death, the survivors have a list of compensations they have the right to seek.
Personal injuries occur in vehicle accidents, such as car wrecks; large commercial (18 wheeler) truck accidents; motorcycle crashes; train and plane incidents; boating collisions and more. People can also be hurt due to negligence when they are pedestrians, and those events can involve vehicles or what are called slip-and-fall accidents. There can be medical malpractice, defective drugs, or faulty medical devices. In nursing homes and long term care facilities, there may be injury due to abuse and negligence. Defective products ranging from medical devices to home electronics have caused injury and in vehicle accidents there may have been a defect at fault. People are hurt at work.
Most of the time, personal injury lawyers must file a claim within a set period of time after the injury took place. This is why lawyers advise people to seek advice as soon as possible. In addition, in most people the memories of what happened are fresher and this can benefit the attorney as he builds his case. It is a fact that nearly 99% of all injury claims are settled out of court. However, it is axiomatic that when the opposing side knows that an aggressive court case is being prepared, they are more likely to come to the table with a fair settlement proposal.