A personal injury lawyer is a civil litigator who represents individuals or families who have sustained physical or psychological injuries caused by another party’s negligence.
Personal injury law is a specialization under tort law; a tort is considered an act or omission that results in an injury or harm. Torts are recognized by law as civil wrongs, which means injured parties can file a lawsuit and receive compensation to recover for losses.
Personal injury attorneys fight for the rights of injured individuals and ensure a fair chance of trial, especially against insurance companies who have significant resources. An attorney makes sure that the proper amount of compensation is awarded to injured individuals to compensate for losses and support recovery.
To give a more concrete example, here’s a story of a young female client our law firm met with a few weeks ago. She was involved in a car accident with her children. It was her first accident, and she didn’t know what to do next.
She discovered our law firm and scheduled a meeting a couple of days after the accident. We talked about the details of her case and what steps to take next. Based on her specific situation, we recommended that she get into treatment for the neck and back problems possibly caused by the accident.
She signed up for physical therapy and enlisted the services of a chiropractor for her physical issues while we opened up her claims with her insurance company and the other party’s insurance company. The client is currently on the road to getting the treatment that she needs and the compensation she deserves.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims are based on accidents that caused an injury to a person stemming from the negligence of another party. Here are the most common types of personal injury claims:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bite
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
Other types of personal injury claims are:
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Your Compensation Will Be Fair and Just
It’s common for insurance companies to lowball settlement claim offers to injured individuals who are unaware of the proper amount that they should be compensated for. Oftentimes, when an insurance company offers compensation, it is a fraction of the fair amount that the injured individual deserves.
A personal injury lawyer has the experience and expertise to understand and calculate the fair value of a claim. They know how to properly assess a case and evaluate how much a client’s case is worth. By seeking the best settlement amount, the individual is better able to move forward after the accident. Receiving a fair settlement can help with the hospitalization and recovery of the injured individual, along with compensation for other losses due to the accident (pain and suffering, actual and potential loss of income, repairs, and renovations needed for accessibility).
Your Case Will Be Handled By an Expert
The process of filing a claim with an insurance company can be complicated. Personal injury attorneys specialize in navigating the claims process to maximize the results of their clients.
It is a personal injury lawyer’s responsibility to know all of these legal documents and processes. They know who to talk to, which specific forms to fill in and submit, and which offices to coordinate with. Whether you prefer to negotiate with an insurance company for a settlement or end up filing a lawsuit, hiring a personal injury attorney will help save time and effort on your part and ensure that you are on the right track.
You Can Focus on Your Recovery
The main focus of injured individuals should be their recuperation. Handling and processing a claim shouldn’t have to be on their plate. Recovery from physical injuries takes time, some even taking months to years for the injuries to heal. There may also be psychological effects from the accident. For an injured person, normal activities are already disrupted; taking care of filing a claim is an unnecessary additional burden.
Personal injury attorneys can handle processing claims for injured individuals to let them have more time to prioritize more urgent affairs, and more importantly, their own health and wellness.
Your Utah Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident, our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 801-INJURED (865-8733) or send us an email. We’d be happy to discuss your situation and legal options.