Personal Injury FAQ

Posted by Erik Hoyle | Mar 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

When it comes to finding information about personal injury attorneys, there are several frequently asked questions (FAQs) that people often have. I'll cover some of the most common questions and provide you with answers to help you understand what personal injury attorneys do, when you might need one, and what to expect during the process.

What is a Personal Injury Attorney?

A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who provides legal representation to individuals who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity. Their primary area of practice is known as tort law, which includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person's property, reputation, or rights.

When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

You should consider hiring a personal injury attorney if you've been involved in an accident that resulted in significant injuries, or if the legal rules implicated by your personal injury claim are highly complex. If you're facing expensive medical bills or have experienced a significant loss of wages due to your injuries, consulting with an attorney could help you navigate the claims process and ensure your rights are protected.

What Types of Cases Do Personal Injury Attorneys Handle?

Personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to:

  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace injuries
  • Defective product injuries
  • Assault and battery
  • Wrongful death

How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Charge for Their Services?

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only get paid if you win your case or settle out of court. The attorney's fee is typically a percentage of the compensation awarded to you. This percentage varies but is often around 33% to 40% of the settlement or award. It's important to discuss the specific fee structure with your attorney upfront.

What Should I Expect During a Personal Injury Case?

The process can vary depending on the specifics of your case, but generally, it involves:

  1. An initial consultation with the attorney to discuss your case.
  2. Investigation of your case by the attorney, including gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
  3. Filing of a lawsuit if a settlement cannot be reached.
  4. The discovery process, where both sides exchange evidence and information.
  5. Mediation and negotiation for a possible settlement.
  6. Trial, if a settlement is not agreed upon.

Can I Handle a Personal Injury Claim on My Own?

While it's possible to handle a personal injury claim on your own, especially if the injuries are minor, there are many benefits to hiring an attorney. They can help you understand the value of your claim, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and represent you in court if necessary. Erik Hoyle is an experienced attorney who can secure a more favorable settlement or award than you might be able to achieve on your own.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations, varies by state. It typically ranges from one to four years from the date of the accident. It's crucial to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to ensure your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame.

These FAQs cover the basics, but every personal injury case is unique. If you have specific questions or need advice tailored to your situation, it's best to consult directly with a personal injury attorney. Call Erik Hoyle at 480-648-3555

About the Author

Erik Hoyle

Erik grew up in a small town in upstate New York. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and has spent most of his adult life serving in the military. Erik deployed twice to Iraq, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal with Valor device for his actions in combat. Erik later c...

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