The term “personal injury” is used to describe a wide variety of different types of accidents and/or intentional actions that result in the injury or death of a party. Accidental injury is one of the leading causes of death in our country. As a result, there are a large number of personal injury attorneys, which can make it difficult to know how to choose the best lawyer to represent you.
Retaining a Personal Injury Lawyer
Below are a few of the questions you should ask when selecting your attorney:
- What experience does the lawyer have in handling similar cases?
- Does the attorney seem to have common sense and good instincts?
- Do you feel comfortable with the attorney?
- Will the lawyer communicate directly with you and make sure you are prepared for every step of the process?
- Did the attorney explain his/her fees and costs so you fully understand the financial obligation you have in retaining the law firm’s services?
Understanding Personal Injury
The area of law referred to as “personal injury” covers auto accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, slip and fall cases, dog bites, and even assaults or other intentional injuries caused by another person. In other words, it is impossible to name every scenario where a valid personal injury claim exists. Thus, if you have been injured by another party who failed to take reasonable care to avoid placing you at risk, you likely have a valid personal injury claim.
When your injury is caused by another person’s carelessness, your lawsuit will focus on their negligence. If it can be proven that a party acted negligently in causing your injury, you are entitled to recover damages. If you are not sure if your injury qualifies as a personal injury in which damages can be recouped, your personal injury attorney can assist you and answer all your questions regarding your options.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you are wondering whether an attorney is necessary, the answer is YES! Not only does a lawyer ensure that the process will be more efficient and effective, but your chance of successfully recovering the damages you are entitled to is significantly increased. Additionally, you should be focused on healing from your injury and not on a lawsuit. Working with a lawyer allows a substantial amount of the burden to be taken from you.
Will a Lawyer Represent You?
Another common mistake is for injured parties to think their case is too small for a lawyer to handle. Personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling lawsuits of all sizes. There may be factors surrounding your case that you are not aware of that make it more valuable than you realize. Regardless, most lawyers are willing to fight for justice and stand ready to help you, so it is important to schedule a consultation and obtain all the facts before making any decisions on how to proceed.
If you have suffered an injury but you are not sure if it qualifies as a personal injury or if you can recover damages, contact the Law Office of Alex Cha & Associates for help. We will review the facts surrounding your case, answer your questions, and work with you to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve.