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Personal Injury Cases: The Most Common Cases, Questions To Ask Your Attorney and Mistakes To Avoid

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A personal injury case is one where a person suffers an injury due to an accident that has been caused by another person’s negligence. In personal injury cases, there is a need to identify the at-fault party or parties and hold them responsible for the damages which the victim has suffered. At Hogle Injury Law, there are several types of personal injury cases handled by the attorneys.

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Some of the most common personal injury cases include:

Car Accident Cases

A car accident is one of the most common types of accidents which can lead to injuries to those involved. Depending on the type of accident and the force of impact, car accidents can result in fatal or non-fatal injuries which may be temporary or permanent. In some cases of car accidents, victims may lose their life, further complicating the case. About 3 million people are injured annually as a result of a car accident. In these cases, attorneys may be able to seek both economic and non-economic damages like past, present and future medical costs, the cost of rehabilitation, the cost of prescription medicine, the cost of transportation, the loss of earning power or lost wages, the loss of consortium in the event of the victim’s death, and more.

Medical Malpractice

A medical malpractice case is a rather complex one which involves injuries that have been sustained by patients based on the negligence or failure of medical staff or specialists to carry out their professional duties. In the event of medical malpractice, patients may suffer varying degrees of injuries caused by infection, complications from surgical procedures, birth injuries, amputations and in some cases, death. When a patient has suffered an injury that may have been ruled out had the medical staff carried out their duties, then they may be able to file for a medical malpractice claim.

Slip and Fall 

Slip and fall accidents are most common in commercial properties and workplaces. Slip and fall accidents are those resulting from unfavorable conditions such as wet and slippery floors, smooth tiles, and other conditions. Slip and fall accidents may result in varying degrees of complication. Some of the common injuries sustained as a result of these accidents include traumatic brain injury, slipped discs, hip dislocation, broken bones, spinal cord injuries and more.

Dog Bites

Animal attacks or dog bites are common in some cases and this puts the victim at the risk of both primary and secondary infection. If you have a reason to believe that the dog had attacked you unprovoked and caused your injury, you may be able to pursue the case of a claim seeking compensation for the injury and the expenses incurred as a result of the injury which you have sustained.

Important Questions to ask your lawyer

If you have been involved in any of the accidents listed above or any other one that qualifies for personal injury claims, including motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more, there is important information that you need to know.

When meeting with a personal injury attorney like those at Hogle Injury Law, it is important that you ask some questions that will help you better decide whether the law firm and their attorneys are the best options with regards to legal representation.

Below are some of the important questions to ask:

How Many Years of Experience Do You Have?

Your personal injury lawyer is only as good as their experience. Experience plays a significant part in the overall representation process and as such, you want to choose an attorney that boasts years of experience representing clients in the particular area of personal injury you need to be handled.

What are the Legal Fees?

Most people fear court cases because of legal fees. However, it is important to ask about the legal fees from the onset to ensure that you can afford the services of the attorney. Most top law firms will, however, offer a contingency fee-based agreement with the client which means that there will be no upfront legal charges until the case is won. Also, be sure to confirm the percentage of the win that the law firm is looking to take as a legal fee.

Are you Trial-Ready?

There are some personal injury attorneys who are great settlers, this means that they take all steps to ensure that personal injury cases do not go to trial. While these attorneys are great negotiators, in some cases, they may be harmful to your case. When selecting an attorney, choose one that is trial-ready and has several years of trial experience.

Mistakes To Avoid

Having chosen an attorney to represent you, there are some mistakes you should avoid as they could negatively impact your personal injury case and also the total worth of your case.

Below are some of the common mistakes you should avoid making:

  1. Never discuss the details of your personal injury case with others.
  2. Avoid the use of social media to discuss the details of your personal injury case.
  3. Never ignore medical advice or skip medical appointments.
  4. Always speak to your attorney first when in doubt.

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