Personal Injury occurs when a person has been harmed physically or psychologically by another person or a person’s act of negligence. Auto accidents are possibly the most common areas of this practice, but not the only ones. Other areas can include falls, injuries from defective products, dog bites, and even libel or slander.
In a personal or bodily injury case, an initial contact with an attorney will likely involve a discussion about: Fault and Damages. If it is unreasonably difficult to demonstrate either fault or damages, the lawyer cannot move a personal injury case forward.
The “value” of the case, meaning how much compensation a plaintiff (the one filing the suit) is likely to receive in reimbursement for incurred losses and money paid on top of it as punishment, affects how the case will be handled. It may not even be worth taking to court because the cost of bringing the case equals or exceeds the “value” of the case. However, solid personal injury cases are often “settled” before they ever get to court.
Unlike other attorneys, Personal Injury lawyers usually take no money up front. They take their payment as a percentage of the money that is awarded to a successful case and they get nothing if the case loses. This form of payment is called “on contingency”. For this reason, Personal Injury attorneys will be easy to find if the case value is a million dollars and harder to find if the case value is $1,000.