Did You Know?
Many people either fail to pursue monetary compensation for a personal injury claim or fail to get full compensation? After an injury and the initial shock wears off, it is natural to wonder whether you can recover from the terrible losses you have and will continue to experience. The Lawrence Law Firm knows you may be confused, and while the only way to know to what steps need to be taken is to have your accident reviewed by an experienced lawyer, below are 3 important factors you should remember when dealing with a personal injury claim
1) Injury Must be Proven
Injuries must be proven in a personal injury case. That sounds simple enough, but the proof requirement extends to causation and injury. You must prove the accident caused the injury. This is complicated by the fact that some people are not in perfect health. People with pre-existing conditions can and do get injured. An insurance company will argue injuries were pre-existing or not a result of the accident. The latter tends to come up in minor car accident cases. Most experts know there is no correlation between property damage and bodily injury, but it is still can be an effective argument with juries. If you were injured, it is important to seek medical care immediately. If you think you have a personal injury case, please schedule a free consultation with the Lawrence Law Firm.
2) Insurance companies will try to settle with you if there is a potential case.
The lens through which personal injury claims are viewed is trial. That is how the value of a case is determined. An attorney or insurance company will look at all the information and try to determine what a jury would potentially do. The insurance companies goal is to pay as little to settle the case as they can. The insurance company will be nice, and the insurance company will be friendly. However, the insurance company does not always have your best interest at heart, and the adjuster are trained to be nice and friendly in hopes that you don’t get mad and hire an attorney. If an offer is made, it is safe to assume the insurance company thinks there is some risk and you probably have a case. You should always speak with an attorney prior to accepting an offer from an insurance company. The Lawrence Law Firm would even provide a free consultation to anyone considering a settlement offer from an insurance company to help determine if they should accept it.
3) Injury Includes Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering injuries are referred to as non-economic damages. Injured people are entitled to non-economic damages, but they tend to be the hardest damages to quantify. Medical bills are easy, the number is right there on the paper. Quantifying pain and suffering requires an attorney to fully understand the impact an injury has on a person’s life. Did a back injury prevent a parent from playing with their child? Did an injury cause ongoing pain to someone who had to continue working to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head? Injuries are more than medical bills, and it is always important to remember that you can seek compensation for these types of damages.
Information provided on this site is NOT formal legal advice. It is generic legal information. Under no circumstances should the information on this site be relied upon when deciding the proper course of a legal action. Always get a formal case evaluation from a licensed attorney if you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Lawrence Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.