Personal Injury cases are legal disputes where a person suffers an injury or harm from the actions of another person or legal entity such as a corporation or business. Personal injury cases are decided by civil court decisions based on legal precedent known as common law and laws created by elected representatives known as civil law.
A personal injury lawyer helps their clients determine who is legally responsible for the harm suffered due to an injury which resulted from:
The majority of personal injury cases are settled through negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
A formal personal injury case begins when the plaintiff files a complaint against a person, business, corporation or government agency for actions which could be judged careless or irresponsible. These actions are connected to the injury or harm suffered by the plaintiff. A successful personal injury lawsuit will show the defendant was negligent in their actions with definitive proof.
Some benefits of pursuing a formal personal injury lawsuit are:
The most common way to resolve a personal injury claim is by an informal settlement. During the informal settlement process, the parties involved in the dispute, their respective insurers and attorneys representing both sides negotiate a written agreement. All parties involved agree to waive future action such as a formal lawsuit for an agreed compensation.
Informal settlements of personal injury claims have the following benefits:
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