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A personal injury claim is valued based on the following factors: (a) Liability - Who was at fault for the accident; (b) Causation: Did the accident cause the injuries alleged; and (c) Injuries: What are the injuries sustained. Injuries can be physical, psychological, and/or economic. Proving your injuries will require proof of medical treatment and/or economic loss. If needed, your lawyer will retain experts to help prove your damages.
Each claim is different and needs to be assessed on the facts specific to your case. The value of your case will depend on whether the other party is 100% at fault (or not) and the extent of your injuries. Injuries are tough to value immediately following an accident, as we don't yet know whether the injury you sustained will be temporary (lower settlement value) or permanent (higher settlement value). Regardless, the value of your claim will be directly tied to the treatment you receive, as this is how a lawyer proves that you were actually injured. If you were injured, it's imperative you seek the treatment you need. \"Toughing it out\" will only diminish the value of your claim.
Yes. In our collective experience, an insurance company will not pay the full claim value to someone who is not represented by an attorney.
We evaluate our Partner Firms for: communication, professionalism, availability, sincerity, approachability, and record of success. Only the firms that we feel are the best to handle your claim make the cut. Some of the metrics we look at to assess a firm's ability to handle your claim are: (a) average settlement value, (b) win rate, and (c) time from inquiry to settlement.
Insurance coverage plays a significant role in your accident claim. Depending on your policy and coverage types, different aspects of your damages may be covered. Lawfty's knowledgeable attorneys can review your insurance policy, guide you through the claims process, and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Yes, you may be eligible for compensation even if the responsible party flees the scene. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance can cover medical expenses and damages. It's crucial to report the accident to the police and your insurer promptly. Lawfty's legal experts can guide you through the claims process and help you understand your options.
Determining fault in a car accident involves examining various factors such as traffic laws, evidence from the scene, witness statements, and analysis. Insurance companies, police reports, and legal professionals play a role in determining fault. If you're facing a dispute over fault or need assistance with the process, Lawfty's skilled lawyers can help navigate the complexities and protect your rights.
After a car accident, safety comes first. Check for injuries, call the authorities, and exchange information with the other party. Document the scene with photos and gather witness contacts. If you're injured, seek medical attention right away. Remember to report the incident to your insurance company. If you're unsure about the legal steps, reach out to Lawfty's experienced attorneys for guidance tailored to your situation.
Most people will never need a personal injury lawyer. By advertising, personal injury lawyers hope that when you do need their services you remember them. This is why personal injury attorneys have created jingles and outlandish commercials. They hope is that by being memorable, you'll call them over their competition.
Yes, you can file a claim if your slip and fall accident was caused by the property owner's negligence. Document the scene, seek medical attention, and preserve any evidence of hazardous conditions. Lawfty's legal team can assist you in determining liability, gathering evidence, and pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.
Seek medical attention immediately, document the scene with photos, and report the incident to the property owner or manager. Obtain witness contacts if possible. If you're injured due to negligence, contact Lawfty's skilled premises liability lawyers. We can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, and navigate the legal process.
Premises liability refers to the legal responsibility of property owners to ensure a safe environment for visitors. If you're injured due to hazardous conditions like uneven walkways, poor lighting, or inadequate security, you may have a premises liability claim. Lawfty's experienced attorneys can assess your situation, gather evidence, and determine if you have a valid case.
You want a personal injury attorney that is going to be honest with you. It is a red flag if the attorney trying to sell you on their services promises a quick and/or large settlement. Neither of these can be promised with a great degree of certainty shortly following your accident.
In our opinion, this is a bad idea. While the legal profession doesn't technically have specialties, you're better off with an attorney that exclusively practices personal injury. We think this is akin to seeking medical help --> You wouldn't have a podiatrist perform plastic surgery, or trust a dermatologist to deliver your baby. Likewise, we think you'd be best served seeking assistance from an attorney that focuses almost exclusively on personal injury-related cases.
In most cases, you can't sue your employer for a workplace injury due to workers' compensation laws. However, if a third party's negligence contributed to your injury, you may have a personal injury claim. Lawfty's legal team can assess your situation and guide you through the appropriate legal steps.
Yes, workers' compensation is a no-fault system, meaning fault doesn't matter. You can generally file a claim even if the accident was caused by your actions. However, exceptions exist. Lawfty's workers' comp lawyers can help you understand your eligibility and rights.
Workers' compensation provides benefits to employees injured or sickened due to work-related activities. If you're injured at work or suffer a work-related illness, you're entitled to medical treatment, wage replacement, and more. Lawfty's experienced workers' comp attorneys can guide you through the claims process.
Workman's Compensation is a no-fault system governed by state law. It is an agreement between you and your employer that effectively states the following. Your employer will carry workman's compensation insurance that will compensate you for any injury you sustain at work. You can recover for injuries irrespective of fault. Whether you trip over your own two feet or get pushed by a fellow employee, work comp will cover your injuries. The catch is that you cannot sue your employer. Personal injury is a system that requires fault to be proven. Said another way, in order to recover for a personal injury you will need to prove that the person/entity that injured you was negligent. Generally speaking, personal injury claims are more valuable than work comp claims.
Yes, you can pursue a civil lawsuit for damages even if criminal charges are filed. The standards of proof differ between criminal and civil cases. Lawfty's assault attorneys can help you explore your options for seeking compensation.
Yes, you can seek compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, pain and suffering, and more. It's important to gather evidence, such as witnesses and medical reports. Lawfty's legal experts can guide you through the process of building a strong case.
Assault involves intentionally causing fear of imminent harm or unwanted physical contact. It can be verbal threats or actual physical harm. If you've experienced assault, Lawfty's assault lawyers can help you understand your legal options for seeking justice.
Too often attorneys will exclusively define a "serious personal injury" as a claim involving catastrophic injuries. While claims of this nature are most definitely serious, they are not the only type of serious claims. In our opinion, if your life has been negatively impacted by your accident, it is a serious personal injury claim that deserves the full-throated attention of a quality personal injury lawyer.
A personal injury settlement is effectively a contract entered into between you and the defendant to settle the claims that you've brought against them. Per this contract, the defendant will pay you money in exchange for releasing them from any further lawsuits. When you enter a settlement agreement it's important you're comfortable with the amount recovered because in all likelihood this is the only opportunity you will have to bring your claim against the defendant. In other words, you will not be able to sue the defendant again for the same accident.
In cases involving stray animals, liability can be more complex. Depending on the jurisdiction, you may still have options for seeking compensation. Lawfty's animal bite lawyers can help you navigate the legal landscape.
Not always. Liability depends on factors like the animal's history, the circumstances of the bite, and local laws. Lawfty's experienced legal team can evaluate your case and advise you on a better course of action.
Yes, if the animal's owner was negligent in controlling the animal, you may have a case for seeking compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Lawfty's animal bite attorneys can assist you in determining liability.
Seek medical attention immediately, even for seemingly minor bites. Gather information about the animal and its owner, if possible. Animal bite cases can involve medical bills, infections, and emotional distress. Lawfty's legal team can help you understand your rights.
Not every case goes to court. In fact, the majority of cases will settle prior to a lawsuit ever being filed. Nailing down the exact percent is difficult, but based on our data approximately 70% of cases will settle before a lawsuit is filed. Of the 30-40% that get filed in court, nearly all will settle before going to trial. People don't realize this, but less than 5% of cases actually go to trial. The actual percentages noted above will vary based on the state where your accident occurred and the firm that handles your case.
Personal injury claims generally involve bodily harm to an individual caused by someone else's negligence. The most common types of claims are: Auto accidents, injuries sustained on someone else's property (premises liability/slip and falls), dog bites, medical malpractice, workman's compensation, injuries from faulty products, and assault.
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies by state and circumstance. Generally, you have a limited time to file a claim after discovering the injury. It's crucial to act quickly. Lawfty's legal team can advise you on the specific deadlines in your case.
You may be eligible for various damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The exact damages depend on the severity of your injuries and the impact on your life. Lawfty's medical malpractice attorneys will fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
To prove medical malpractice, you need to establish that the healthcare provider breached their duty of care, causing you harm. This often involves showing that their actions deviated from accepted medical standards. Lawfty's legal experts can help gather evidence and build a strong case.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional's negligence leads to patient harm. This can include misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, and more. Lawfty's medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine if you have a valid claim.
No. There are good attorneys and bad attorneys. There are attorneys that settle on the cheap and attorneys that look to get full value for every client. There are attorneys that like to handle a large volume of cases and attorneys that prefer only handling a few big cases.
Maybe. However, it will come at the expense of how much your lawyer can settle your case for. Insurance companies are always looking to settle cases on the cheap. If you have a good case, the insurance company will gladly settle for less than the case is worth. However, to get full settlement value your lawyer will need to gather all of the evidence and put every piece of your case together to get full value. This takes time and cannot be sped up. If you're in need of money, you should speak with your lawyer about the possibility of taking a loan against your case. This is very expensive money to borrow and should be considered carefully, but it may be better than settling your case for less than its worth.
You'll need evidence of the defect, your injuries, and the product's connection to your injuries. This can include medical records, photos, the product itself, and any documentation. Lawfty's legal team can help you gather the necessary evidence for a strong case.
Yes, you can pursue a claim even if the product has been recalled. Recalls indicate that the product is dangerous, which strengthens your case. Lawfty's product liability lawyers can assist you in seeking compensation for injuries caused by recalled products.
Defects can be in design, manufacturing, or marketing. Examples include design flaws that make a product unsafe, manufacturing errors that cause defects, or inadequate warnings about potential risks. Lawfty can help you assess your situation.
Product liability involves holding manufacturers, distributors, and sellers accountable for dangerous or defective products that cause harm. If you've been injured by a faulty product, Lawfty's product liability attorneys can guide you in pursuing a claim.
There's an old law school saying: If the facts are on your side argue the facts. If the law is on your side argue the law. If neither is on your side yell until you get your way. You want a lawyer that is smart, thoughtful, and aggressive when necessary. Bluster alone will not win your case.
Trial experience is important. There are a lot of attorneys that have never tried a case before a jury. The best firm for your claim will have attorneys that can argue your case before a jury if it becomes necessary.
If you're facing harassment at work, document the incidents and report them to your employer's HR department. If the issue isn't resolved, you may have legal options. Lawfty's employment lawyers can help you navigate the steps to address workplace harassment.
Workplace discrimination involves treating employees unfairly due to factors like race, gender, religion, or disability. If you've experienced discrimination, Lawfty's employment attorneys can guide you through the process of addressing it legally.
You may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit if your firing violated laws, employment contracts, or public policy. Lawfty's legal experts can help you evaluate your situation and determine if you have a valid claim.
Employment law covers legal rights and obligations in the workplace. It includes issues such as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage disputes, and more. Lawfty's employment lawyers can assist you in understanding and protecting your rights.
Personal injury claims vary greatly in how long they take to resolve. This will depend on the facts of your case. Based on our data, cases can take anywhere from one to five years to settle with the average being two years.
It's important to keep your expectations in check. Personal injury claims can take a long time to resolve. During the lifecycle of your case, there will be periods where you need to speak with your attorney often and there will be times when limited communication is enough. Regardless, your attorney should keep you updated as to what's happening with your case and whether increased or limited communication is necessary for the phase your case is currently in.