Simply being hurt is not enough of a reason to sue someone. When do you need to hire a personal injury lawyer? When you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, due to someone else negligence or carelessness and are not justly compensated for it.
Automobile accidents are the most common reason people seek legal counsel. If you have been injured or your vehicle has been damaged, you may want to be compensated for doctors’ bills and automotive repairs. If you were not injured and the vehicle you were in did not sustain any visible damage or if you contributed to the accident, attempting to receive payment will be more trouble than it is worth in the long run.
However, if you were driving legally and carefully and the other driver was not, you do have a right to be reimbursed for bills incurred, such as auto repair and rental, doctors’ visits and therapy. Lost income may be recouped in serious cases where people cannot work for a period of time due to the accident. As an injured passenger, if you were simply riding along and not distracting the driver, following all seat belt and safety laws, you, too, may be due compensation. Before deciding to sue someone, try calmly talking to the person you believe is at fault.
Find out if they have insurance and, if so, exchange information. The insurance companies may be able to work something out that covers your expenses fairly. If uninsured, the individual or company they work for may be able to do so. Should this prove unsuccessful, consult a personal injury lawyer.
Have you been injured on the job while following all safety rules and regulations? Are you legally employed? Did you report the incident, completing necessary paperwork? Answering yes to these questions means you will likely be covered by your employer’s insurance or through workers’ compensation.
Sometimes, however, medical bills are not paid or employees lose their jobs when unable to work. This is the time to consult a personal injury lawyer. If you have had unsuccessful surgery or unforeseen complications from a doctor’s care, you may be due compensation. You may now need medication or special assistance that you did not need before. While most procedures have basic risks associated with them, it is your doctor’s responsibility to explain them to you and provide the best chance possible for a positive outcome. Physical and emotional damage from medical negligence often cannot be reversed, but monetary support can improve quality of life for you and your family.
Consult a personal injury lawyer to find out how. Try working with the responsible parties first to reach an agreement. If this is unsuccessful, contact an attorney who can help you get the results you need.
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