Personal Injury 101 by the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green
We spend a lot of time in these blogs talking about very specific incidents in the realm of personal injury. We give you updates on major settlements, relevant lawsuits being filed, and local laws being deliberated that will have an effect on your everyday life. Keeping yourself up-to-date with the news regarding personal injury is an important component of making sure that you’re always prepared. Should you or a loved one every be involved in a personal injury case, it is our hope that you will be able to draw on some of the information you’ve learned on this blog to make sure you get the justice you deserve.
I want to spend some time going over some of the more general aspects of personal injury cases; these pieces of vital information pretty much apply across the board. That is, they’re not specific to one incident or another, but rather to almost any personal injury case you might have the misfortune of being involved in. So, what types of personal injury cases could you be involved in? There are many more opportunities for personal injury than a mere car accident. People do get into auto accidents, but they also slip and fall (and hurt themselves), receive poor treatment form a medical provider, injure themselves while using a defectively manufactured product, sustain reputational injury due to widespread defamation, etc. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on.
First of all, when considering a personal injury case, you must be of the belief that someone else is responsible for your injury. That is, someone was responsible for the boat accident you got in, someone was responsible for the maple syrup being left on the floor at the grocery store, or somebody was responsible for the poor medical treatment you received, etc. Next, once you and your attorney have identified a person or party responsible, you must be able to prove that the person was responsible for your injury. Typically, this includes proving that the person acted in a negligent manner. For example, the boat captain made a bad decision to go out on a rough day, or someone was texting while driving and hit you because they weren’t paying attention or they didn’t check the floor of the grocery store to make sure that the aisles were free of liquid on the floors.
If more than one party is responsible, your attorney may decide to file a claim against all responsible parties. This varies case-by-case and it’s best to let your attorney determine what the best course of action is in such an instance. Now, when you’re determining damages (the financial compensation you and your attorney are requesting) there are multiple considerations that must be made. Damages include, but are not necessarily limited to, the cost of your medical bills that you have incurred and what you will incur in the future, the amount of money you lost by not being able to work, in the past and future, the value of your property loss and/or damage, as well as money for your past and future pain and suffering.
Speaking about compensation, if a personal injury lawyer ever asks you for money up front, run! Personal injury lawyers make their money on a contingency fee basis—that means that they take a small portion of the money they recover for YOU. Thus, they are only paid once YOU receive your settlement. If you do not get any money, your personal injury lawyer DOES NOT GET PAID!!!
When you get involved in a personal injury case, prepare yourself for what can potentially be a long battle. These cases are not easy. Sometimes they take months to resolve—even years! We, here at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green, try to get cases resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible. But sometimes, justice is not always easy to secure, and that’s why it’s important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney like the ones at our firm.
If you have any questions about personal injury law, or if you believe you might have a case, please contact the Law Offices of Aronberg and Aronberg for a free consultation. We can be reached at 561-266-9191 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.