A personal injury is when one is injured either physically or psychologically by another party either intentionally or through negligence. The damage can also cause emotional distress and financial losses. These may lead to liability and the claimant to sue the offender in a court of law. The other party could be a person, a company, a government agency, or an entity. It is advisable to seek a personal injury lawyer after receiving medical care. The personal injury lawyers are primarily civil and are paid at a contingency fee, meaning that they will receive their payment once the client has been given justice.
First and foremost, your lawyer will understand your injuries’ full scope and the extent and how your movement will be inhibited for a certain period till recovery. Some of the ways a personal injury lawyer might start building his case are by;
- Checking the medical bills, the numbers, and how much will be spent in the recovery process.
- Studying the medical treatment history.
- Reviewing the police reports and, if possible, interviewing the police officers in charge of that case.
- Reading the witness statements if there are any available to ascertain the truth of the matter.
- Going through the original photographs taken at the scene of the accident.
- Looking at the surveillance footage, which has not been tampered with or deducted.
- Reading the official government reports or company reports depending on the entity.
Personal injury cases are tort cases. Essentially, a tort is an offense that causes harm to the claimant and his legal actions imposed on the defendant. An example of a tort is during a car accident, where one driver hits another driver because (s)he was not paying attention. Other tort cases include getting injured by a machine while passing or falling on slippery floors where there was no sign or indication to be cautious. In most cases, the tort cases are settled outside the court as the insurance company compensates. The most common tort offense is negligence by the tort easer (someone who commits the crime). Other than car accidents, different types of negligent tort cases include bicycle accidents and medical malpractice.
In the world, most countries have similar approaches to handle a personal injury which differs depending on the land, county, or state. A Denver personal injury lawyer will first fill in a complaint, with all the supporting documents from the sources he has acquired and others you as the claimant has provided and the demands you have for the relief. The defendant later files a “response” towards your claim; this is the “answer.” The next step is discovery, whereby both parties exchange information, which may include depositions, exchanging of documents, and interrogatories. In rare cases, the case gets to trial, and mostly a settlement might occur at any of these stages. A Denver personal injury lawyer reviews the case for free, and in case they lose the case at trial, no fee is charged to the claimant. The main goal here is to ensure the claimant is fully compensated and happy with how the justice has been served.