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Accidents happen, but in some cases, they could have been prevented. An injury or accident is a traumatizing experience in and of itself, and it only becomes more painful knowing that negligent behavior was the cause. These are referred to as personal injury cases, and oftentimes the victims can claim damages that will cover the mounting financial demands that result. So what is personal injury, and why do you need an attorney on your side?
If you’ve been the victim of an accident and want to file a claim of personal injury, you may have some questions about what it entails and what compensation you can receive. Read more below on the types of personal injury, damages, and why you’ll need an attorney.
Overview of personal injury and negligence
Personal injury is defined as an injury to a person’s body or mind that occurred due to negligence. It is a legal term that covers a multitude of cases and types. Typically, once the injury occurs, negligence must be proven in order for the plaintiff to claim damages and win fair compensation. Negligence is at the core of most personal injury cases, which is why hiring an experienced attorney is important.
Types of personal injury cases
Personal injury cases can include automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, product malfunctions or defects, dog bites, and more. For example, if another driver ran a red light when driving and hit your car, or a company sold a product to you that had a defect that caused an injury, these would be grounds for a personal injury case.
Kinds of compensation and statutes of limitations
An accident or injury often means significant financial burdens, which is where seeking compensation comes in. In personal injury cases, the most common type of compensation is financial. Injured parties can claim damages to cover hospital bills, medical expenses, property damage, and even emotional distress.
It’s also important to note that there is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. They usually range from two to four years, depending on the specific case. Since there is a time limit on filing a personal injury claim, it’s best to act as soon as possible.
Hiring an attorney
If you believe your injury or accident is the result of negligence and are considering pursuing a personal injury case, it is absolutely necessary to hire an experienced attorney. Proving negligence can be tricky, but an experienced personal injury attorney will know what questions to ask and how to build a case. Additionally, most personal injury attorneys will not bill you unless they win the case.
Contact Boltz Legal now
If you’ve been injured in an accident and feel it’s the result of negligence, contact Brooke Boltz today. Brooke is a seasoned, experienced personal injury attorney in Orlando who fights for her clients to get the results they’re entitled to. If you believe you have a personal injury case, schedule your free phone consultation with Brooke today.