Personal Injury Lawsuit FAQs

Date: February 3, 2012
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Review these questions and answers about personal injury lawsuits to help you understand your rights if you are considering filing a personal injury claim.

Can a person file a personal injury lawsuit on his own?

While it is possible to file a personal injury claim without legal assistance, the average person does not have the legal expertise necessary to ensure that the case proceeds properly and to maximize their compensation. An attorney can help you understand your rights, ensure you case proceeds in a timely manner, and work to be sure you achieve the compensation to which you are entitled.

How will the damages I am entitled to be determined?

The extent of your injuries, the losses you have incurred, and the degree of liability on the part of the opposing party are among the factors which must be assessed in determining what damages you may be eligible to receive. Your attorney can provide information on compensation factors as they relate to your individual case.

Are personal injury lawsuits limited solely to cases of physical injury?

While the main focus of a personal injury lawsuit is generally on physical injury, other factors can also be taken into consideration.  For example, if the person has suffered extreme mental or emotional stress due to someone else’s action or negligence, this too is considered to be a form of injury.

What are common causes of personal injury?

Many scenarios can lead to a personal injury lawsuit, from medical malpractice to car accidents to defective products and other instances where an individual’s carelessness or negligence resulted in another’s injury.

Isn’t a personal injury lawsuit quite costly?

Most attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they do not get paid unless they recovery monetary damages for their client. Even if you have a limited income, you should not let the potential cost of a lawsuit deter you from seeking assistance for a personal injury claim.

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