A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer will represent a person who has been injured due to the actions or inaction of a third party. Personal injury lawyers handle cases related to vehicle accidents, pool accidents, school accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice, premises liability and other accidents resulting from negligence. Following is an overview of how a personal injury case works.
Personal Injury – Determining Who is at Fault
The key to any personal injury case is to determine who is at fault. In a motor vehicle accident, the party at fault is usually the driver who has caused the accident. However, in some cases, the car manufacturer may be at fault for producing a car that has defects.
Most premises liability cases are brought against the owner of the premises. The reason for this is that the owner is responsible for his or her workers and therefore is held liable for slip and fall accidents, negligence on the part of staff members and/or management and other related issues.
It should be noted, however, that many accidents are not the sole fault of any one party. In some cases, the person filing the suit is also partly responsible for the accident. This can be true in the case of school accidents, pool accidents, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents and even negligence cases. A case can be brought to court even if the plaintiff is partly responsible for the incident in question; however, the compensation gained from such a case will be reduced.
Filing a Case
The first step in filing a case is to talk with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer. Personal injury lawyers usually offer free initial consultations, so a person may even want to talk with more than one lawyer before choosing which one to work with.
Personal injury lawyers operate on a no win = no fee basis. This means that if the case is not won, then the plaintiff does not have to pay legal fees. At the same time, because personal injury lawyers operate on this basis, they will be quick to tell a person straight out if he or she has a valid case.
Once a person has found a good lawyer, then the lawyer will gather evidence related to the case. In the case of a motorcycle accident or other motor vehicle accident, the lawyer will get copies of the police report, find out about the driver who caused the accident, ask witnesses for their statements, etc. In a premises liability or negligence case, the lawyer will ask for medical bills and research to see if other negligence cases have been brought against the business in question in the past.
Most people want to know how much compensation they can expect to win from a case. However, it is impossible to predict just how much a person can win because it depends on many different factors.
Some cases do not cause serious or lifelong injuries. Dog bites, most slip and fall accidents and even a number of pool accidents are not serious and do not cause permanent disability. The compensation in such cases is relatively minimal.
People who win hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars have usually been permanently injured. Cases of this nature usually involve medical malpractice, a motor vehicle accident or motorcycle accident. Some school accidents, pool accidents, and business negligence incidents may also cause permanent disability. In cases of this nature, a person can sue not only to cover medical bills but also to cover lost earnings and even the cost of having to get training in another line of work.
Besides winning compensation, a person filing a suit against an individual or company can also prevent others from suffering accidents or injuries due to personal or professional negligence. Doctors convicted of medical malpractice usually have their medical license revoked. Dog bites result in the dog being put down. Negligence and premises liability cases may result in the guilty party having to put in place extra safety measures to prevent slip and fall accidents, pool accidents or school accidents. Those guilty of causing a motorcycle accident or motor vehicle accident may have their license revoked.
Filing a lawsuit enables a person to claim rightful compensation. A person who has been harmed due to a motorcycle accident, medical malpractice, negligence or some other incident should file a case right away. A good Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer will help a person gather evidence, present the case in court and enable a person to get justice.
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