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What Is A Personal Injury?
The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, work accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability). The term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to medical negligence claims ) and conditions that are often classified as industrial disease cases, including asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma, chest diseases (e.g., emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease), vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases. Personal injury cases may also include toxic torts, in which a contaminant transmitted by air or water causes illness, injury, or death (as in John Grisham‘s book, A Civil Action).
Depending upon the intent or negligence of a responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment. In the United States, this system is complex and controversial, with critics calling for various forms of tort reform. Attorneys often represent clients on a “contingent fee basis” in which the attorney’s fee is a percentage of the plaintiff’s eventual compensation, payable when the case is resolved, with no payment necessary if the case is unsuccessful. Typically, a Plaintiff attorney charges 1/3 of the proceeds recovered if a case is settled out of court or 40 percent if the matter proceeds to trial. These sums are negotiable before hiring an attorney. Legal aid from the government may not be available; for example it was largely abolished in England in the late 1990s and replaced with arrangements whereby the client would be charged no fee if her or his case was unsuccessful
What To Do After A Personal Injury?
The time just after you have been injured in a slip and fall or accident can often be a confusing and stressful. First an foremost, look after your health. But when you are ready, you can begin thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim for your injuries. Here are some frequently asked questions about the first steps in a personal injury claim.
I was hurt in an accident. What should I do first?
As mentioned in the introduction, the first thing that you should always do after being injured in an accident to look after your health. However, if you have already done this, then there are a number of steps that you can take that will help preserve your right to file a claim for your personal injuries. These steps are valid in most situations and there is no “right” order to take (note: if you need to file a claim against the government or a government agency, there are other specific steps that should be taken).
Collect evidence that can point to who caused the accident, as well as the damage caused by the accident. Photographs are useful here.
Write down everything that has happened to you after the accident. This may include things like medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.
Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the accident. Contact these people to confirm their contact information.
If you speak to other people that were involved in the accident, be sure to take notes about your conversation.
Tell anyone that you may file suit against that you are planning on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.
- Source – Findlaw.com
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