There are many reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer for even the smallest of injuries. First and foremost, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and provide guidance throughout the legal process. Secondly, a good personal injury lawyer should be able to get you the settlement that you deserve from insurance companies who try to underpay or deny claims.
Getting into an accident is stressful enough without having to deal with insurance companies alone, but if you've been injured in an accident there's no need to worry! Personal Injury Attorneys will provide you with all the help necessary through this difficult time, while making sure you receive every penny of compensation possible.
Compensation for Pain and Suffering
Most people think that damages in car accidents consist mainly of medical bills and lost wages, but that's only part of the picture. In fact, there is a third category called non-economic damages which encompass damages for pain and suffering as well as other losses. These can be very large numbers if the accident was traumatic or your injuries were serious.
In cases involving significant injury or death to a single person, compensation can be in the millions of dollars! Most people don't have this kind of money just lying around so they would need to set up a lawsuit against those responsible for causing their financial difficulties.
Getting Help from Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Attorneys specialize in helping people who have been injured get adequate compensation from those at fault for their injuries. Insurance companies know how valuable it is to hire a Personal Injury Lawyer and they know how much money is on the line.
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If you don't hire a Personal Injury Attorney, the insurance companies will most likely try to offer you as little as possible for your injuries knowing that they can stall and fleece you with legal fees. Insurance companies often win cases by simply dragging out court proceedings and using other delaying tactics, so it's important to have an expert team of Attorneys representing your interests.
Is Personal Injury Criminal Law?
Personal injury law is a vast area that contains many different branches of the law. In fact, sometimes it's difficult to say where personal injury criminal law begins and ends. As an example of this, if someone is injured in an accident caused by drunk driving, then that’s both a civil matter (in terms of compensation for his/her injuries) and also criminal (because the driver who committed the act must be charged with DUI).
Besides drunk driving accidents, other types of accidents (both on the road and off) are good examples of how personal injury criminal cases can mix with civil matters; for instance:
-Spousal abuse. If one spouse abuses another physically or verbally, either spouse may bring charges against the offending spouse. This could be a criminal or civil matter, depending on the nature of the charges and/or defense.
-Assault. If someone physically attacks another person, that’s both a criminal and civil matter because the victim may seek damages from his/her attacker as well as seeing to it that he/she is prosecuted for committing an illegal act.
-Assault with a deadly weapon & attempted murder. If someone attempts to commit murder by using a deadly weapon (like a gun) against another person, these are both criminal and personal injury matters because any wounds inflicted by such weapons would be seen as a tort under civil law (involving compensation). Additionally, if one party dies from injuries sustained from being attacked, it’s certainly possible for the family members of the deceased to file a lawsuit as well as press criminal charges against the party responsible.
-Child abuse & neglect. Depending on the nature and severity of the acts committed, child abuse and neglect can be both civil and criminal matters because they're often seen as torts (civil) under personal injury law and also crimes that could lead to incarceration and/or fines imposed by a judge or jury.
-Date rape/domestic violence. Some date rapes are actually prosecuted in criminal court if there's sufficient evidence pointing to wrongdoing by one party; however, many instances of this sort are handled in civil court when women seeking justice against their abusers sue them for damages caused after being attacked.
-Jaywalking, double parking, and creating a public nuisance. These violations are often handled in criminal court but could turn into a civil matter if someone is injured as a result of being struck by someone who committed these acts.
All of the examples above show how personal injury law can be applied to criminal matters because all involve some sort of injury that was inflicted on another individual by an actor (or actor’s actions). In most cases where civil matters are concerned, the person seeking damages for injuries sustained from another person must file suit before taking any legal action; however, this isn’t always the case with all personal injury cases involving criminals. For example, there have been instances where no-fault insurance claims have been filed after accidents involving drunk driving because the at-fault driver was determined to be insolvent (meaning they didn’t have enough money to compensate the victim fully) and/or lacking in insurance.
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One last point worth making is that criminal charges can lead to civil lawsuits when someone files suit against the judge or jury (in criminal court) for wrongfully convicting him/her of a crime in which they were later exonerated; in some instances, it’s possible for this type of lawsuit to also name the arresting officer(s), district attorney, police departments involved, etc. as defendants depending on what happened during their case. This is especially true in situations where false evidence is presented by law enforcement (i.e. planting evidence) or where false testimony is given by witnesses during the trial itself.