Personal Injury Accident and Lawsuit FAQs (Part 1)
March 3, 2014
After an accident that leaves you with a serious injury, you may have questions about your rights and whether you are entitled to compensation. Here and in two upcoming parts of this blog, we will go over some of the most frequently asked questions – and answers – regarding personal injuries.
Q: How do I know if I have a case?
A: The best way to find out if you have a personal injury claim and are entitled to compensation is to consult with an experienced legal professional. The fact is that a lot of factors can play into whether an individual has a legal claim, and determining when negligence has caused an accident (and, if so, who is to blame for the negligence) can be complicated.
The good news is that experienced legal professionals offer free initial consults to people who may have suffered personal injuries, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with an attorney to learn more about your rights and potential case.
Q: What is negligence?
A: Negligence, a term that is inherently involved in discussions of personal injuries, refers to the failure of one party to act with a necessary level of care or responsibility to prevent others from being injured. Generally, the level of care that should be applied to a given situation is determined to be that which any “reasonable” person would exercise under similar circumstances.
Although the negligence in some cases of personal injuries can be obvious and clear (as in cases when, for instance, drunk drivers hit other motorists – with the negligence lying in the hands of the intoxicated driver), many cases of personal injuries are far less clear-cut. This means that it often takes the help of an experienced legal professional to evaluate when negligence has contributed to an accident and personal injury.
Q: How much is my case worth?
A: In short, it will depend. The value of a personal injury claim will vary according to a number of different factors, only some of which include:
- The type and severity of the injuries sustained
- Whether one or more people were injured in the event
- Whether the injuries have resulted in permanent impairments, an inability to earn a living (for any period of time) and/or a diminished quality of life (in either the short or long term)
- Whether the incident has resulted in property damage (and, if so, the extent of this damage)
- Whether it is possible to ask for punitive damages in the personal injury lawsuit.
Be sure to check out the forthcoming second and third parts of this blog for some more important FAQs and information regarding personal injuries.
Contact the Portland Personal Injury Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm Today
Helping you recover from the financial setbacks caused by personal injuries is one of our primary goals. If you or a loved one has been injured and wants to find out more about whether you have a case, the Portland personal injury attorneys at the Savage Law Firm want to meet with you. We are ready to discuss your rights and possible case during a free, no obligations initial consult. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.