Personal injury is a somewhat magical practice area of law for those who require an attorney’s services after sustaining an injury that was someone else’s fault. There is one primary reason why this is the case: most personal injury lawyers only make money when you do. That means if they take your case, they think they can settle outside of court or win inside of court if that’s where the lawsuit is ultimately headed.
But how do you know if you need a personal injury attorney?
Car accidents account for the majority of all personal injury claims filed in the civil court system. You might incur significant injuries that leave you with reduced earning potential or missed time at work. You might have high medical bills. You might be left in a lot of pain and endure a lot of trauma. Someone else is responsible for causing the accident, which means you shouldn’t just go to your insurance company for help — you should also go to a personal injury lawyer.
If you were injured because of cracked cement along the sidewalk or a pothole in the road, you might not be able to collect as much compensation due to legal caps placed on lawsuits lodged against government authorities and local municipalities — but you should still seek whatever you can get. The government has the responsibility to keep infrastructure safe. Sometimes individual property owners are at fault, which means you can potentially collect much more.
Medical malpractice isn’t sought nearly as often as it should even though doctors or surgeons routinely make mistakes. You shouldn’t have to pay for them. Did you suffer because of a misdiagnosis? Did the surgeon leave a scalpel lodged in your abdominal cavity after a crazed dog attack? Not only can you sue the dog’s owner (assuming it wasn’t your own), but you can also sue the hospital for malpractice.
If you were injured on the job because of relaxed safety precautions, workers compensation will usually cover most of your bills. Sometimes, though, you can still file a lawsuit against your workplace for gross negligence.
Were you exposed to a dangerous carcinogen at work or during your daily commute? You might be able to file a lawsuit for that as well, but there are also funds set up for survivors of certain kinds of exposure. Asbestos victims, for example, can sometimes collect from funds already set up, in addition to filing a lawsuit against any business not already defunct.
Remember: you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistake, and lawyers only collect when you do. If you’re not sure whether or not you have a legitimate case, all it takes is a single call to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.