Can a personal injury lawyer help if neglect becomes nightmare?

February 5, 2014

We've seen the headlines before: someone's negligence turns into a nightmare for the victim. If it ever happens to you, can a personal injury lawyer help your cause?

Can a personal injury lawyer help if neglect becomes nightmare?

“Slab of concrete falls on pedestrian in downtown area”

Perhaps you’ve already read this type of headline in your local paper or news website. Sadly, these heartbreaking stories don’t always just happen to other people. No one wants to be alarmist, but then again no one is beyond the possibility of injury caused by the negligence of a third party.

Have you been the victim of…

Fortunately, the law offers you possible recourse in situations of negligence. In that instance, a personal injury lawyer could advise you if you, or a loved one, suffered injuries or harm caused by such things as:

  • The deterioration of a building.
  • Trauma following a fall.
  • Burns.
  • Poisoning.
  • A dog bite.
  • The use of a defective product.
  • An accident at work, on a boat, train, plane, or any other type of serious accident.
  • A medical error.

Time is of the essence

In case of injury, it is urgent to seek immediate care from a health professional and, if warranted, to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. That is because in certain cases there are deadlines and conditions that have to be met in order to potentially claim damages.

A personal injury lawyer can help you seek compensation for things such as the:

  • Loss of enjoyment of life as well as pain and suffering.
  • Expenses associated with your treatment.
  • Loss of actual and future income.
  • Cost of specialized devices (e.g., crutches, walker, or wheelchair).
  • Hiring of personnel for home maintenance and cleaning.

Your lawyer can also help determine who is legally responsible for the harm done to you, and the amount you could reasonably sue the person for.

Before you meet with a lawyer

You can take certain steps to facilitate the handling of your case before you meet with a personal injury lawyer. Ask for the help of your loved ones, if necessary. Try to have the following documents ready:

  • The contact information for your doctor, as well as the suggested treatments.
  • A diary describing your injuries as well as progress of your state of health.
  • Contact information for witnesses, if applicable.
  • A photograph of the accident site (taken as quickly as possible after the incident in case changes are made to the site).
  • A police report of the incident or a statement made by the owner of the site where the event occurred.
  • Any other photographs that could be used as proof.

An unfortunate accident can affect you for the rest of your life. But a good personal injury lawyer will potentially be your ally if ever you want to claim compensation to help alleviate your situation.

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