Whenever an event occurs that may leave you with an injury (injuries) due to negligence on someone else’s part; you need to contact and consult a personal injury attorney. Since you are a ‘victim’ in any such situation, you are entitled to the compensation for the injuries, from the responsible; either an individual or a group of people. The role and responsibility of your personal injury attorney is to make sure that the other party will pay you the compensation, you deserve. He/she will thus represent you in the court, and will see how your rights are protected. Personal injury attorney certainly has plentiful responsibilities and liabilities on his shoulders though in the following paragraphs; few common ones are described in detail.
Types of harm caused to a person are described ‘physical’ and ‘psychological.’ Either of them may have been caused by the ‘negligent’ party that can be a single ordinary person or at times; even an entire company. When an event or a series of events occur and result in causing injury to the victim, the most crucial thing to do is to prove the fact; that the party involved was negligent indeed. Now the victim has to prove the other party’s negligence, or else he is left with no choice, but to forget about any compensation. Since it is his duty to help client, the personal injury lawyer must realize how imperative it is to make the court believe that the harm or injury to his client was caused, only due to the first party’s sheer negligence. But then again, these lawyers are supposed to be well-trained and master of the game. Therefore, they must know exactly how to go about representing their clients’ case. This is why it is advised that once you’re in a situation like this do contact the legal expert for his or her assistance at the earliest.
The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer, the better so that he is there to get on working on your case. You may be new to the situation but not your lawyer; on a daily basis, these lawyers may have several issues to deal with. Gathering important details and facts about the accident and injury from the client is the first step the lawyer may take. His first question to the victim may be like, who among the two parties involved was responsible? Not only for the event, but also for the particular negligent act that ultimately caused the injury. As mentioned already, it all has to be put on the first party to enhance the victim’s chances to win the case. Thus, several investigations need to be conducted by the lawyer. This individual effort on the part of the lawyer must also include interviewing and consulting witnesses, if any, on what exactly happened. Once it is determined that things and conditions favor his client, the lawyer’s next steps are easy; he or she has to file the legal documents related to the case in the court of law.
The lawyer is also supposed to interview the client in person, prior to drafting the legal documents, and this is done to determine the real issue(s) in any case. Lawyers always prefer to do such interviews almost immediately, following the incident as the victim(s) may not miss any detail relating to the incident, being fresh minded. This on the other hand, allows the lawyer in determining the true facts about the whole thing.
Some common causes of automobile accidents include:
• Negligent or ruthless driving
• Alcohol (DUI)
• Restlessness (in case a professional driver is involved)
Thousands of millions of automobile accidents take place annually in the US alone, and primary causes remain the same as noted above. What types of damages can a personal injury lawyer/firm help the victim to recover from? They may include some or all of the following.
• Medical bills
• Finding a reputable body shop
• Medical equipment
• Dealing with the insurance companies
• Future medical bills
• Lost wages
• Future lost wages
• Receive compensation for your pain and suffering
• Auto repair cost(s)