Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

If you were hurt and are researching Personal injury Law, you’ve got tons of questions. This FAQ answers some of the most common ones.

If you don’t find your specific question answered below, we invite you to reach out now for a fast, free consultation – no pressure to hire us. We want to discuss the specifics of your potential case with you.

Personal Injury FAQ

How Do You Know if You’ve Experienced a Personal Injury?

Personal injury is when another person’s carelessness or negligence has caused you a physical (easier to prove) or psychological (much harder to prove) injury. All personal injuries get tried in civil court, which means you can only recover financial compensation for them. You cannot imprison someone for a personal injury. However, sometimes people convicted of crimes also get tried in civil court. O.J. Simpson had both a criminal trial (which he won) and civil trial (which he lost) for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

How Do You Determine if Someone Else was Careless or Negligent?

It’s not always easy to prove. In the case of car wrecks, it’s easier to show. But with medical malpractice, it’s very difficult to show. Legally, you have to ask, “In the same circumstances, would a reasonable person act in the same way?” If the answer is “No” their action was probably negligent.

How Do You Know if You Have a Viable Personal Injury Claim?

You don’t have to know. Personal injury lawyers offer free consultations. During these meetings, they’ll get the facts of your potential case and let you know whether it’s viable. It doesn’t cost you anything to find out, so you can talk with several personal injury attorneys to see if one can take your case on.

What Can You Get Compensation For in a Personal Injury Claim?

You can recover financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. In some rare cases, you can also get punitive (punishing) damages for grossly negligent conduct.

What Happens if a Loved One Dies Because of Someone Else’s Actions?

That may be a personal injury lawsuit. A common one would be if a drunk driver killed your family member. You call this type of claim a “wrongful death” lawsuit. In cases of wrongful death, the offending party may also face criminal charges.

Are Workplace Injuries Personal Injury Claims?

Sometimes they are. It depends on their cause. If your employer or a fellow employee causes your injuries, that’s a worker’s comp claim. But if a manufacturer makes a defective product that hurts you on the job, that is a personal injury claim. If you’re not sure, you can always call most any personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.

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