Things To Consider: Regarding Flemington, NJ Personal Injury Cases
The sun rises and a new day begins. We jump out of bed ready to meet the new day with enthusiasm! Okay, maybe we don’t always jump up with enthusiasm, we admit there are days where we hit the snooze alarm eight times. Maybe it’s the dog, actually, who has jumped up with enthusiasm, and onto our bed—demanding his morning meal. But regardless of whether we’re pumped to start our new day, or somewhat less than eager, the day must begin. You walk out the door to grab the newspaper, yes we still subscribe, and from out of nowhere a car barrels up over the curb, onto your lawn, and into you. Fortunately, the car just lost control and wasn’t going fast, but you’re down, on the ground, and pretty sure you have a broken leg. The new day began alright, but not quite how you expected.
Hours later, your doctors at the ER have poked, prodded, and X-rayed you, and fortunately, you’re okay, save for that broken leg. What now? Did we forget to mention that you work for the US Mail as a mail carrier? Yep, you do. That means you’re out of work—for a long time. That broken leg is going to cost you a pretty penny now.
That’s just one of a million and one possible scenarios that could play out in real time in American tomorrow morning as we all wake to start our days. Millions of people moving and working, and with each day brings new opportunities for injury, though we do our best to avoid them. Personal injuries are costly, can be career-ending, sometimes life-changing, and sadly some even cause death. When you’re injured, you need medical care, first and foremost, but you’re going to need legal care as well, because you cannot afford to lose your home or go into debt due to someone else’s negligence. You need to consult with a Flemington, NJ personal injury attorney as soon a possible after your injury to ensure that your claim and case are taken seriously by the negligent party, and that you will receive the compensation you deserve, and need. Let’s consider some basic issues.
What Is A Personal Injury Claim? What’s It Mean?
In simplest terms, a claim is a demand for something that is owed. When you file a personal injury claim you are asserting that another person or business or entity is responsible for damages and injuries you suffered. Personal injury claims involve millions of different scenarios, but common ones include, auto accidents and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall injuries, dog bites, and medical malpractice. This, however, by no means touches the tip of the iceberg, because any conceivable action or inaction can lead to an injury, so the possible scenarios are endless.
What Happens If I Lose My Personal Injury Claim/Case?
Nothing is guaranteed in life, and especially in a court of law where other people are weighing in on a decision. Therefore, though it may be a small chance, there is always a chance that the defendant could win. If the defendant wins the case, the court will award no damages to the plaintiff for his or her injuries and, in some situations, the plaintiff could be liable for some of the costs incurred by the defendant due to the lawsuit.
While the aforementioned reality is not what anyone wants to think about, the more likely option is that you will win your case, assuming you’re being represented by a skilled and experienced Flemington, NJ personal injury attorney. Most seasoned attorneys have the skill to assess a claim and case at the initial meeting and determine whether the chances for winning are okay, good, or great. In general, smart personal injury attorneys will not take cases that they believe they will lose, so if your attorney has a great reputation, track record of success, and experience, then your chances of winning are good. Take comfort in that.
The Best Strategy for Winning: Don’t Lose!
So how do you increase your chances of success, and also avoid getting stuck with a big bill? Two things: first you hire the best personal injury attorney you can get, and second-first (because there really is no second, both are equally important) you only work with an attorney whose fees are based on contingency. In short, the attorney receives ZERO compensation from you unless they win your case and you receive compensation. When he or she wins the case for you, and you receive that compensation, then and only then will the attorney get paid for their services, and that payment will be a pre-agreed upon percentage of the total compensation you are awarded by the court.
How Much Do Insurance Companies Typically Pay For Personal Injury Claims?
In injury claims there really is no “typical” compensation amount. Every case is unique and has its own particular strengths and weaknesses, upsides and downsides. Two cases tried in two different courts with very similar circumstances and parties involved could yield two vastly different outcomes. It depends on what’s at stake, the specific circumstances, and without a doubt—the experience, track record, and savvy of your personal injury attorney.
Additionally, the amount of any type of settlement in a personal injury case can depend on many other factors: from the experience of your personal injury attorney; to the nature and/or extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, inclusive of their pain and suffering, and with consideration to the potential long-term affects of the injury or injuries; the obvious or not so obvious determination of who was at fault, and the attorneys’/parties’ willingness to fight it out in court if necessary.
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