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When It’s Time to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

People unfortunately get hurt all the time. There are plenty of circumstances that can lead to a person suffering an injury. These injuries can leave a person in severe pain. They can make it so a person is unable to go to work and create the income their family depends on. And sometimes, these injuries can be life-altering, leaving a person with a permanent disability.

So how do you know if your injury necessitates a personal injury attorney? What circumstances have to be in place for someone to benefit from these services?

We’ll look at some common situations in which a person should seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Car Accident

Car accidents are scary. When the dust finally settles, it’s time to assess the damage, fault, and compensation. This can be a confusing process. Dealing with insurance companies often involves multiple phone calls, forms to fill out, and visits to doctors’ offices.

Insurance companies are generally the entities that pay compensation to those hurt from car accidents. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to pay as little as possible, or even dismiss the injury claim altogether. They have a team of lawyers that work to this end all day, every day.

You need to combat this if you were hurt in a car accident that was the fault of someone else. You can try to do this on your own, but going up against a team of highly-paid lawyers is going to put you at a severe disadvantage. A personal injury attorney will even the playing field to get you your fair compensation.

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Work Injury

Worker’s compensation is a system put in place to award an employee with financial support as a result of an injury that happened on the job. This system is great for minor injuries. Companies usually have straightforward processes to compensate the employee for time lost and medical expenses.

However, other factors can come into play that necessitate restitution beyond what is available through worker’s compensation. For instance, If you feel your claim is legitimate and it gets denied. Perhaps this was because a pre-existing injury was re-injured, or maybe you’re receiving government benefits of another sort. But whatever their reasoning for denying your claim, you deserve competition for legitimate injuries sustained on the job.

Contact a personal injury attorney for help with seeking restitution beyond worker’s compensation.

Medical Malpractice

According to Medical News Today, “Medical malpractice occurs when a health care professional or provider neglects to provide appropriate treatment, omits to take an appropriate action, or gives substandard treatment that causes harm, injury, or death to a patient.”

So how does that play out in real life? Patients have been given the wrong prescriptions, sustained unrelated injuries in surgery, caught infections while in a hospital, were uninformed of possible risks of procedures and medications, and more.

Any destructive form of negligence on behalf of the medical institution is grounds for a medical malpractice suit. An attorney will walk you through the process of filing a lawsuit. This includes everything from first filing it through the possible settlement deal at the end. They can make recommendations and give you a realistic outlook as for what to expect throughout the process.

Class Action Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit involves a large group of people filing a suit against a defendant. There are a handful of scenarios that could result in a class action lawsuit:

  • Flawed product designs
  • Lack of appropriate information
  • Defects in the manufacturing process
  • Products that didn’t meet state and federal guidelines

These cases are most often brought against a defendant when the damages are too small to be worthwhile should each claim be filed separately. Strength is gained in large numbers. This takes form in class action lawsuits because the plaintiffs are able to pool their resources to hire an attorney. Not only do class action lawsuits help the plaintiffs, they also help the court. Hearing all of these cases individually would clog the system. The process is sped along by grouping all of them together.

Serious Injury

Catastrophic injuries can come as a result of a wide variety of circumstances:

  • Big Truck wrecks
  • Car collisions
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • DUI accidents and injuries
  • Construction site accidents
  • Recalled Drugs and Medical Devices

The injuries sustained from these types of accidents can seem self-explanatory, and that fault can be assumed from the accident itself. This is, unfortunately, not the case. A personal injury attorney can help get you the compensation you deserve.

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