A personal injury action is a lawsuit that is brought about to recover for an injury caused to a person by the negligence of others. These can include a variety of situations, such as motor vehicle accidents, injuries in the workplace, slip and fall injuries, premises liability injuries on public or private property, or even injuries that were caused by a person’s doctor during a course of treatment.
Personal injury cases can be some of the most stressful and potentially difficult kinds of litigation: not only does the victim need to recover physically from their injuries, but there are also other considerations such as lost wages and negotiating with insurance companies.
What Can Be Recovered?
One of the reasons that personal injury is a particularly complicated area of the law is that being hurt can have a wide variety of potentially long lasting effects on people, many of which are not things that someone outside the legal field would necessarily take into consideration on their own. These include things such as:
- Medical and health expenses.
- Future medical and rehabilitation costs.
- Lost wages and/or future income.
- Loss of earnings potential due to diminished capacity.
- Pain and suffering, including emotional and psychological effects.
- Punitive damages awarded by the courts against a party who acted with reckless or wanton disregard for the safety of others.
In cases where an injury results in the person being left with long-term medical needs, or lost earning potential, an experienced personal injury attorney will also take into account economic factors such as inflation and the amortization of damages to ensure that a recovery will be sufficient to provide for the injured client into the future.
When you are negligently injured by another party it is an almost certainty that your eventual recovery will, largely or in its entirety, come from their insurance. This is one of the underlying reasons why it is important to seek the help of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury.
Insurance companies make money by taking in more in premiums than paying out in claims, and because of this they have a financial interest in making settling a claim as difficult as possible, and paying you the least amount of money that they can for your injury. Retaining a skilled attorney who knows how to deal with insurance companies will ensure that you get the recovery you deserve.
Hire A Southern California Personal Injury Attorney
At the Green Law Group our staff has the knowledge and experience to successfully pursue your personal injury claim and ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover from your injury. Contact us online by filling out the contact form on this page or by telephone at (888) 264-3780 today to discuss how we can help with your personal injury matter.