What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you've been seriously injured and it's not your fault, maybe you are wondering, "What is a personal injury lawyer and do I need one?"
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A personal injury is an injury that happens to a person’s physical body, mind, or emotions. It does not include property damage. A personal injury can happen anywhere. 

If you can prove that someone else is liable (at fault or responsible) for your injury, you may have a legal case to bring against the responsible party.

If you want to be successful in your case, you will need a personal injury lawyer to help you navigate a tricky legal maze.

First, you may be wondering, “What is a personal injury lawyer?”

WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?

There are many different types of lawyers who practice in different areas of law like real estate law, criminal law, Workers’ Comp law, family law, and personal injury law.

A personal injury lawyer specializes in helping people who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional malicious acts. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you deserve compensation for your injury or illness and if you may have a case against a company or other responsible party.

A lawyer with experience in cases similar to yours understands the laws surrounding your case.

Your lawyer will give you important instructions that will help you have the best possible case so you can get the most possible financial compensation for your damages.

COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES

There are different types of personal injuries. Each one deserves proper legal attention so that the injured party can get the compensation they deserve.

Personal injury cases fall under a tort claim—a wrongful act results in harm to someone else. A civil wrong may be intentional or accidental and includes neglect. If the act is intentional and malicious, it may fall under criminal law.

Most Common Types of Personal Injury 

When you think about the question, “What is a personal injury lawyer?” They are the legal professionals who handle cases involving things like these:

  • Animal bites
    • An injury caused by someone’s pet (like a dog bite)
  • Assault, battery, and criminal acts
  • Defamation (libel or slander)
    • When someone purposely hurts another person’s reputation through lies
  • Food Poisoning
  • Medical Malpractice
    • An injury or illness that occurs because a medical practitioner was careless or negligent
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
    • An injury caused intentionally (nursing home abuse) or unintentionally (neglect) while a resident is in the care of a nursing home staff
  • Products liability
    • An injury caused by a harmful or defective product
    • An injury caused by inadequate warnings on a product
  • Slip and fall accidents (Premises liability) 
    • A slip and fall injury occurs because of dangerous conditions on a property owner’s property that they should have known about and prevented
  • Workplace accident
  • Wrongful death

PERSONAL INJURY STATISTICS

Every day, tens of thousands of people are injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and work-related accidents. Some of these accidents even result in deaths that could have been prevented.

Total preventable injuries and injury-related deaths

  • 47.2 million injuries
  • $1,034 billion in costs
  • 169,936 preventable deaths

Motor-vehicle injuries in 2018 

  • 4.5 million injuries resulting in a medical visit
  • $445.6 billion in total motor-vehicle injury costs
  • 39,404 deaths

Home and Community Injuries in 2017

  • 38.3 million injuries resulting in a medical visit
  • $472.6 billion in costs
  • 127,300 preventable deaths

Work-Related Injuries in 2017

  • 4.5 million injuries resulting in a medical visit
  • $161.5 billion in costs 
  • Preventable injury-related deaths = 4,414

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGES CAUSED?

Sometimes an injured person is at fault for their own injuries. Other times, another party is fully responsible. And in other cases, it may be that each party shares some fault.

The Injured Person’s Responsibility

If you injured yourself through your own carelessness, recklessness, or criminal actions, you are likely going to have to pay for your medical expenses yourself or through your health insurance. 

If you have your own auto insurance that has comprehensive coverage, your insurance may cover your lost property damages. Or if you have

Another Person’s Liability

If your injury is the result of someone else’s fault through their negligence you may have a personal injury case that you could bring against the responsible party through an attorney. 

Many times a responsible party has liability insurance with personal injury coverage that should pay the injured party to compensate for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills.

If someone injured you purposely you may be able to bring criminal charges against them and a personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve because of the injuries you sustained in a separate civil action.

The Injured Party and Other Party Share Responsibility

Sometimes both the injured person and the other party both share some degree of fault. The insurance company, jury, and judge will take this into account when they decide on the damages to award to the injured party.

DO YOU ALWAYS NEED A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?

There are times when you may be able to handle a situation without an attorney. But it is best to check with an attorney if you don’t know for sure.

You can usually have a free consultation with a personal injury attorney so that you can have the peace of mind to know which direction is best for you.

Represented plaintiffs usually receive significantly greater compensation for their injuries than those who choose to handle their case themselves. The law is complicated and it can be very helpful to have someone who knows the ropes on your side.

LOOKING FOR A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN COLUMBIA, SC?

We are a personal injury law firm in the Midlands of South Carolina with many years of experience in personal injury cases. We’d love to provide a free consultation to you if you have been seriously injured and it wasn’t your fault.

We want to be sure you receive the compensation you deserve to cover your medical debt, bodily injuries, and other injuries and damages you have sustained.

Schedule your free consultation today!

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