The reason this is an important category of car accident claims is because soft tissue injuries often aren’t visible. For example, a sprained wrist might hurt so bad you literally can’t sleep—but on the outside, there’s not even bruising. This is important because juries tend to have more sympathy, and award higher amounts, if an injury looks bad. Insurance companies know this and will try to offer you less money.
Many personal injury lawsuits never make it to trial. It is almost always in the best interests of all parties involved to settle a personal injury lawsuit as quickly as possible to save time and resources. A settlement is also an opportunity for both parties to potentially benefit; the defendant may be willing to pay a little more than expected in exchange for a speedy resolution to the matter. Similarly, the plaintiff may be willing to forego a bit of compensation to get his or her money faster.
Negligence involves the disregard for the safety of others by failure to act a reasonable person would. It could be that a dangerous situation was created by a pot hole, leaking ceiling or uneven surface. The key attribute in this assessment is whether or not a reasonable individual would have been able to identify the condition as dangerous or potentially hazardous and if the liable party had ample opportunities to improve the conditions prior to the occurrence of the injury. The alternative task to prove is whether the liable property owner specifically caused the dangerous situation themselves and that it was reasonably understandable that a person would suffer an injury due to the situation.
There are times when an accident attorney is not needed. This is usually the case when the injuries are very minor and there are no disagreements about who was at fault and who should pay (and what amount should be paid). Often, however, things are not so simple. If you were involved in a more serious accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer right away. See How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help for more information about what personal injury attorneys do and how they can help you you’re your case. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, you can find listings of qualified attorneys in your area by going to AttorneyPages.com. If you would like to have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury lawyer, simply fill out our case evaluation form and an attorney will contact you for a no-cost, no obligation evaluation.
See Automobiles – Rental Vehicles for information about how you are insured when driving rental vehicles to conduct University business. If you are using a rental vehicle to conduct University business and you are in an accident you must still report the accident to the University as described above. However, your insurance coverage comes from the rental car company so you need to report the accident to the rental car company as well and advise them if someone has been injured in the accident, if there has been third party property damage, or if the rental vehicle has been damaged.
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If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other medical provider, both the medical questions and the legal rules involved are complex. They almost certainly require that you hire a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases. See Nolo's section on Medical Malpractice for more detail on these complicated cases.
Lawyer fees may be charged in a number of ways, including contingency fees, hourly rates, and flat fees. In many countries, personal injury lawyers work primarily on a contingency fee basis, sometimes called an if-come fee, through which the lawyer receives a percentage of a client's recovery as a fee, but does not recover a fee if the claim is not successful.