6 Facts You Should Know About Personal Injury Law

Being injured because of someone else’s negligence can change your life forever. You’re experiencing a significant amount of pain. It’s likely that your injuries are preventing you from working. You might be looking at weeks, or even months of recovery and physical therapy. In the most extreme case, you may never fully recover and will always be physically limited by the effects of your injuries.

Under Arizona law, you have the ability to obtain compensation for the personal and financial damages caused by the negligent acts of the person who injured you. You may have considered filing a lawsuit to obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled. If you have, there are a few vital facts about personal injury law that you need to know before you bring any legal action.

1. Personal injury law covers more than car accidents.

If you’re like most people, you associate personal injury law with car accidents. That’s a reasonable conclusion to reach. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of injury that occur due to negligence. Nevertheless, the relief offered by personal injury law is not limited to the victims of vehicle collisions.

Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents are all governed by personal injury law, as are injuries caused by slips and falls, defective products, and medical malpractice. Even dog bites can be considered personal injuries. If someone else’s negligence has caused you harm in any significant way, the chances are good that you have a valid personal injury claim.

2. In general, insurance companies are not on your side.

For the majority of personal injury claims, insurance companies provide the money that pays for settlements and damage awards. Despite this fact, insurance companies are not on the side of the injured party in a negligence suit. The primary purpose of the insurance industry is to turn a profit. That purpose cannot be satisfied if too much money is paid on claims against policies issued.

This means that when it comes to your personal injury claim, the insurance company involved will do everything it can to limit, or even deny your recovery.

3. An experienced personal injury attorney can make all the difference.

If you’re like the average personal injury victim, you could be facing tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills for your medical treatment. You have likely lost a considerable amount of time at work. In fact, you may no longer be able to perform your job duties. As a result, you may not be able to return to work at all. None of this even begins to account for the pain, suffering, and loss of routine activities that have been caused by your injuries.

A competent personal injury attorney understands how your life has been changed by your injuries. They also understand the law and are able to use their knowledge and experience to communicate the value of your case to insurance adjusters, judges, and juries. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side often means the difference between obtaining the compensation you deserve and settling for an amount of money that fails to cover your needs.

4. Personal injury cases take time.

When you’re in pain, you want relief. Likewise, when you’re under the financial and personal strains caused by an injury, you also want relief. You want your life to get back to normal. You want to get out from under the pile of bills that keeps building up. You want the person liable for changing your life to take responsibility for their actions.

Your feelings are completely understandable. Nevertheless, successfully pursuing a personal injury claim takes time. The process cannot be rushed. A successful claim often hinges on careful preparation. Documents need to be gathered. Witness testimony needs to be taken. Every bit of relevant evidence needs to be gathered together to tell a story that convinces an insurance company to settle, or a jury to find in your favor. Remember, the ultimate goal is for you to obtain adequate compensation for your injuries.

5. No two personal injury cases are ever alike.

Though your particular injury case may fall into a specific category (car accident, slip and fall, etc.) each case is unique in and of itself. This is the reason why a one-size-fits-all approach cannot be used when investigating and litigating a personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney realizes this. They treat your case as the one-of-a-kind matter that it truly is. Nothing is taken for granted or left to chance.

They know that a successful personal injury case not only depends on the facts involved, it also depends on the person who is presenting those facts. That is why a good attorney will not only gather all the necessary factual information, they will also present those facts to an insurance adjuster or jury in a manner designed to achieve the optimal results for their client.

6. You do not need to pay money up front to hire a personal injury attorney. 

Attorneys that practice in areas of the law outside of personal injury usually require an upfront payment in order to take your case. This is not the case in personal injury law. Personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis. This means that the attorney will represent you without requiring any type of advance payment. If you don’t recover any money, they don’t get paid.

They will only receive a fee for their efforts if they successfully conclude your case. In other words, their fee is contingent on you receiving compensation for your injuries. When your case is successfully concluded, your attorney will take a portion of the amount of money recovered, generally 33%, as a fee for the efforts that they have put forth on your behalf.