A personal injury lawyer provides legal services to people who suffered injury due to the negligent or wrongful acts of another person, business, or government entity. Personal injury lawyers engage in civil tort law, an area of law that deals with wrongdoing. Their goal is to hold the responsible party or parties liable and help their clients win compensation for their losses.
Common practice areas for injury lawyers include:
- Car crashes
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall injuries
- Truck accidents
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
If another party’s negligent or wrongful actions injured you, an injury lawyer helps you hold that party liable and win compensation for the damages you suffered.
For instance, if you suffered a severe back injury after an 18-wheeler rear-ended you on the highway, an injury lawyer will help you file claims against the driver, the trucking company, and anyone else who might have played a role in your injury. The lawyer’s goal is to extract from these parties the full compensation you deserve to pay for both your economic and noneconomic losses.
A personal injury lawyer can provide you with several valuable services. Here are a few of the most common:
Evaluating Your Case
Once you find a personal injury lawyer, the first step in the process is usually to sit down for an initial consultation. At this meeting, a member of the firm will evaluate your situation and let you know if you have a case. If so, they can provide a rough outline of what you can expect if you decide to pursue it, though they cannot give explicit legal advice before you officially become a client.
Determining the Value of Your Claim
If you decide to enlist the help of a lawyer, they can begin looking more closely at the details of your injury and determining the value of your claim. It is important to determine the full scope of your damages for several reasons:
- By determining the full scope of your damages, you have a better idea of a fair settlement.
- You and your attorney have documentation for how you arrived at that figure. This is important as the insurer might attempt to dispute the value you have calculated.
Once your personal injury lawyer determines what your claim is worth, they can start gathering the evidence they need to make your case. The nature of your case will determine what evidence you need. In a car accident case, for instance, your lawyer will want the police report, any photos or videos of the accident scene, witness statements, and accident reconstruction reports.
Negotiating with the Responsible Parties and Insurance Companies
With a dollar figure in mind and the evidence in hand, your lawyer can start to pursue any responsible parties and their insurers for damages. Your lawyer may first try to agree to a fair settlement out of court. If successful, this gets you paid faster and avoids a protracted legal process. But if the other party does not agree to settle, your lawyer may file suit and take your case to trial.
Filing a Lawsuit
A personal injury lawyer can take your case to trial and represent you in front of a judge and jury. They will know what evidence to present and what questions to ask the witnesses who take the stand. The goal at trial is to get a jury verdict for the full value of your claim.
The Costs to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis.
That means instead of paying them upfront or by the hour for their services, they get paid only when you do.
The fee is a percentage of your final award. This percentage is often negotiable between you and your lawyer. Typically, a personal injury lawyer charges a fixed rate for any case that gets settled out of court, and a slightly higher percentage if the case goes to trial, given the extra work involved in preparing a case for court.
Schedule a Free Consultation and Case Evaluation With a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer, Call Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335
A personal injury lawyer can be an invaluable resource to have on your side if you suffered harm because of someone else’s wrongdoing. The Cordisco & Saile LLC team fights for the rights of injury victims. We want to hold the party or parties who hurt you accountable and make sure you win the fair compensation you deserve.
For a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our team members, call 215-642-2335 today.