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Category Archives: Personal Injury
This article is not meant to be anything other than information on the law. For legal advice, please speak with attorney William H. Beaumont in New Orleans W. Beaumont.
When many people think of a trial, they imagine a jury. This is probably very natural. In our popular culture, oftentimes trials are overseen by a box of twelve solemn jurors, observing and judging the evidence. While juries are a very real and effective means of adjudicating a trial, they are by no means the only method. Here in southeast Louisiana, New Orleans injury attorneys have another avenue as well: the judge trial.
Welcome back to this “Dos and Don’ts” series, wherein I outline a few basic and general principles in a particular area of law. Todays’ series deals specifically with motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and what you should do…..or don’t based on the possible perspective of New Orleans injury attorneys.
A personal injury lawyer seek to redress harms which people receive when someone else acts negligent and causes that harm. “Negligence” is a legal term which can mean many different things, and let’s just say for the purposes of this article that negligence is what we can say for a situation when one person does not make a good decision and, as a result of that bad decision, they cause harm to someone else. In personal injury, the person who was negligent may have to pay money to the person who they harmed. A good deal of times the person who was negligent has insurance, and it is actually that insurance company who will have to pay. An injury lawyer is a person who fights to get the injured person what they are entitled to as the result of someone else’s negligence – more information on this is available here.
Sometimes I have clients ask: what’s the first thing that I should do if someone hits me while I’m driving in my car? (Obviously, every accident is different in how a person should respond and the advice below is simply general and nature.)
In many civil cases, it is not so much about a private plaintiff against the direct negligent party, but rather that party’s insurance company. This is especially true in the case of car crashes, which make up a substantial portion of these cases. And insurance companies do not take a backseat approach to the case. They don’t simply show up at the end of the trial to write the check. They will be involved from the very beginning, determining fault and (likely) lowballing you on an offer for your pain and suffering. Here are some of the things any personal injury lawyer will tell you about these companies.
If you’re thinking of challenging an insurance company or private party for negligence that led to your accident, you need a personal injury lawyer by your side. Without the experience, skill, and education that comes with the profession, you’ll have a hard time persuading a company or individual to part with the money to which you may be entitled. The good thing about hiring an attorney in this case (as opposed to hiring one in a criminal case) is that you usually don’t have to spend a dime of your own money. The good attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they get paid a percentage of the eventual judgment or settlement. But what does such an attorney do for you?
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you might benefit from setting up a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. Even if you don’t feel great about pursuing a lawsuit, these consultations are almost always free and you can get some great advice about moving forward. Because these attorneys usually work on a contingency basis, they aren’t keen on taking cases that won’t pay for their time. That means they will be honest with you about the kind of case you have. Here are some of the considerations that will go into determining whether or not you should file a suit.
If you have been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you may consider it to be minor or not worth the hassle of contacting a personal injury attorney. At this time, it is important to consider the extent of your damage and how long it is going to take to fully recover. In many cases, even a small incident can have larger repercussions and take longer to recover from than you may think. It is important to discuss what you might expect from the recovery process and whether there will be long-term side effects with a doctor.
It has to be this way. As a layperson, you can attempt to evaluate your own case before you ever set up your first meeting. If you make some appointments, however, you will receive free professional evaluations that will tell you whether or not you have something worth pursuing in court. These evaluations can be an important tool in deciding whether or not to continue your case.