If another person’s actions injured you, the experience can change your life in several ways. If this has happened to you, you could have legal options to pursue justice and even compensation.
As you evaluate your options, you can ask a personal injury lawyer questions that could help determine your next steps. No question is a bad or wrong question; the more information you can learn, the more prepared you will be to make the right decisions about your future.
Common Questions Victims Might Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are no right or wrong questions to ask a personal injury lawyer. If you have a question about a potential case, you should ask. You can only benefit from the information you learn. You could ask questions, such as:
- Do I have a strong enough case to file a lawsuit?
- How do I prove who was responsible for my injury?
- How much compensation could I qualify for?
- If I receive compensation, how would I be paid?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
- How long does a lawsuit take to make it through the legal system?
- Will it help me if I hire a lawyer?
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Examples of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases can stem from any injury or suffering that another party potentially caused. These might include but are not limited to one or more of the following:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian and cyclist accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Workplace accidents
- Assault and other violent crimes
- Recreational accidents
- Accidents occurring on someone’s property (premises liability)
- Wrongful death cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 130 million emergency room visits were necessary in 2018, many of which involved personal injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 4,800 employees were killed on the job in 2020, with thousands more injured at work.
Injuries can take place in your home, in public, on the property of someone you know, and even in the workplace. Regardless of how your injury occurred, proving liability is important if you choose to take legal action.
Determining At-Fault Parties
If you believe another party is at fault for your injury, you likely will need to prove liability to strengthen your claim. Liability can come in many forms. For example, a distracted or intoxicated driver who caused a motor vehicle accident could be held liable. An employer who refused to maintain safe working conditions could have caused an injury at work.
Reviewing your situation’s details with a lawyer can help you figure out if filing a claim makes sense in your case.
Negligence shows how a party is liable for someone else’s injury. The term broadly refers to a party’s failure to act responsibly in a reasonable or safe manner, which, in turn, endangers others. If you think negligence played a role in your injuries, you could have a case.
Deciding on Legal Representation
If you ultimately decide to file a claim or lawsuit to hold the at-fault or liable party accountable, you will need to decide if working with a lawyer is right for you. Hiring a legal professional has its benefits, and you can always ask a personal injury lawyer questions during a free consultation. Some benefits might include:
- Helping you understand the compensation you could recover so that you can plan for your future
- Building your case for damages and filing it on time
- Representing you in talks with witnesses, the liable party’s insurer, or legal representative, etc.
- Getting help with filing your legal paperwork accurately and on time
- Answering your questions about the claims or lawsuit process so that you are prepared for your case
Heed Your Case’s Statute of Limitations
When you are ready to take legal action, one of the main things you should ask your attorney about is the timeline you have. You could have a limited time to act based on the statute of limitations in your state. This depends on the specific laws for personal injury cases in your location. A lawyer can help you learn exactly how long your window to take action might be following your injury.
It is important to note that if you miss the statute of limitations deadline for your case, you risk passing up your opportunity to hold the liable party accountable for your damages. This likely means you will have to pay for your losses yourself. This is not fair to you. You should be compensated for the damages you suffered because of someone else’s negligence. You owe it to yourself to learn what your options are.
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