What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer – Do You Need One?

A personal injury lawyer represents a person’s legal interests in a civil lawsuit brought by an injured person against the person or entity responsible for their injuries. The objective is to recover financial compensation for their injuries and other losses. This type of claim can be in addition to (or instead of) filing an insurance claim. Having a personal injury lawyer increases the likelihood of being awarded a maximum amount in any settlement received from the case.
In order to have a viable claim or lawsuit legally, the personal injury must have been caused by the negligence of another person or entity. The term “personal injury” usually refers to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit has suffered harm to their body or mind. Even though someone has been seriously injured, they may not receive compensation from an insurance company without filing a lawsuit.
You may be able to obtain financial compensation for your injuries by bringing a personal injury lawsuit. Your personal injury lawyer will help you determine if you have a valid claim, ask yourself these basic questions:
  1. Did you suffer an injury to your body or mind, not just property damage?
  2. Were your injuries caused by the negligence of another person or entity?
  3. Do you have recoverable damages?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, you may have a valid claim.
There are many different factors that affect the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit. You should consult with a personal injury lawyer who will explain your legal rights and potential remedies.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
A personal injury case involves someone being injured as a result of another person’s negligence and carelessness, such as:
  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Animal Attacks
  • Slip-and-Fall Injuries
  • Drunk Driving
  • Texting and Driving
Even running a red light is a type of negligent behavior that can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. Under most circumstances, however, there are insurance policies available to compensate the ‘not at fault’ party for the damages and injuries they have suffered – medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering – for example.
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence you have a right to recover the damages you suffered as a result of their carelessness. Regardless if it is a car accident, motorcycle wreck, trucking accident, slip-and-fall or dog bite, you may be able to recover a variety of different damages which typically are:
Medical Expenses
Hospitals, physical therapists, chiropractors and any other medical providers that provided treatment to you as a result of the accident.
Pain and Suffering
Amount of compensation usually depends on the nature of the injury.
Property Damage
Claims for property damage and vehicle damage often accompany personal injury claims and often extend to personal belongings.
Lost Wages
May include compensation for wages you would have received had you been able to continue to work.
A personal injury lawyer can discuss more about the types of damages you may claim compensation for.
Personal injury law and insurance law are very complex. Insurance companies are large multi-million dollar corporations whose interest is in paying out as little as possible on injury claims. A personal injury lawyer with knowledge and experience in these types of cases is vital to protect the client’s rights and help ensure they receive the financial compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one are the victims of another person’s carelessness, consult personal injury lawyer Craig Divine at Divine Law Office in Kansas City. You have rights under the law that need to be protected. Fees are based on contingency, which means you don’t pay unless we win. Call for a FREE CONSULTATION816-474-2240 or visit us ONLINE for more information. We are conveniently located at 104 W 9th St., Suite 404, Kansas City, MO 64105.
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