If your injuries occurred due to the negligent or reckless actions of someone else, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim against them. When considering why you should contact a lawyer immediately after a personal injury, note that you only have a specific time frame to build a case and file a lawsuit. An attorney can take on the case and help you avoid missing your filing window or potentially harming your claim simply because there was an entirely avoidable delay in taking action.
A personal injury can lead to long-term health complications and significant medical bills, along with other losses. It can be difficult to keep track of all these recoverable damages and pursue compensation while in recovery. Not only can an attorney make sure you do not accidentally forfeit your right to a court award, but they can also guide you through the process leading up to the lawsuit.
It takes time to review all the facts, gather evidence, calculate damages, and file the necessary paperwork. If your personal injury occurred in a car accident, there are numerous steps to navigate. The sooner you are able to contact a law firm and request representation, the sooner an attorney can go to work on your case.
Understanding the Severity of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases are all too common, and they encompass many different types of accidents. Examples include the following:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Vehicle accidents
- Product liability cases
- Accidental poisoning/Tainted food products
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Plane and train accidents
Hundreds of thousands of people lose their lives every year in accidents like these. Millions more suffer life-altering injuries that require months or years to recover from.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning, traffic accidents, and slips and falls are the three deadliest types of accidents in the United States. Workplace accidents alone cost around $70 billion every year, and slip and fall accidents involving the elderly cost $50 billion annually. The treatment costs for personal injuries sustained in other ways can cost just as much, especially for injuries involving the head, brain, spinal cord, or internal organs.
You should contact a lawyer immediately after a personal injury to determine whether you have grounds for a claim. An attorney can help you estimate all of your losses and calculate the compensation that may be available to you.
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Common Personal Injuries
Personal injuries can take many forms depending on the nature and severity of the accident. Frequent injuries that victims of negligence experience include:
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Eye, face, and dental injuries
- Burns, bruises, and cuts
- Lacerations and/or disfigurement
- Partial or total paralysis
In addition to the costs of treatment associated with these injuries, a victim can suffer the following damages due to a personal injury:
- Lost income from missing work or being unable to work at the same capacity
- Property or vehicle damage
- Incidental costs, for caretaking and other needs
- Pain and suffering
- Impaired quality of life
- Loss of consortium (marital companionship and intimacy)
- Funeral or burial costs
Seeking Compensation in a Personal Injury Case
To seek compensation for personal injuries, you must show that someone failed to fulfill their duty of care toward you and that you suffered injuries and losses as a result. A breach in the duty of care can take many forms. For example, a doctor owes his or her patients a duty of thorough, responsible medical treatment according to generally accepted medical practice.
Drivers have a duty toward other road users to drive safely and responsibly. Property owners and General Contractors have a duty to their construction workers on their job sites to provide a safe workplace and to install safety equipment where needed.
You should contact a lawyer immediately after suffering a personal injury if you were harmed by someone who owed you a duty of care. A lawyer can help you gather evidence to build your case against the negligent party so that you may recover compensation for your damages.
Contact Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Today
Please contact the Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team today for a free consultation. You can reach our team at (516) 932-0400. If you decide to take advantage of our services, we will:
- Keep you updated on your case.
- Identify the liable parties.
- Communicate with all parties for you.
- Gather evidence.
- Determine a value for your case.
- Fight to win the best possible outcome for you.
Call today to discuss your case. Acting quickly can help you abide by the statute of limitations and give your attorney time to build a strong case for your compensation.