Personal Injury Lawyer in Galesburg IL
Helping Defend And Preserve Your Rights in Cases of Personal Injury | Galesburg IL
Statham & Long is one of the top personal injury firms in the Galesburg and Peoria area. Personal injury cases can be complex, and they can turn out differently than expected, which is why it’s important to secure top-notch representation as soon as possible. Click the button below to learn more about your rights and legal options.
What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer? What Do They Do?
In short, a personal injury lawyer, also known as a plaintiff lawyer or trial lawyer, provides legal representation to individuals claiming physical or psychological injury as a result of the negligent or careless acts of another person, entity or organization.
Often, personal injury cases are settled before trial, which is optimal for both the client and attorney.
How Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
A personal injury lawyer, much like attorneys in other types of cases, can help you navigate complicated legal jargon and legal specifics.
Your attorney’s role in a personal injury case:
Your attorney will lead the negotiations with the insurance company and attempt to reach a settlement without going to trial (assuming you’ve agreed to this). If your attorney is unable to obtain a fair settlement with the insurance company through negotiations, he or she will file a lawsuit and/or demand arbitration. The defendants brought into the case typically have thirty days from the time they are served in which to file their response to the lawsuit. Should the case go to trial, your attorney will help you craft a case and assemble all needed materials.
Your role in a personal injury case:
Your primary role will be to work with your attorney and maintain proper health care. Your health is essential for three reasons:
A “minor” injury could be more serious than you think
If the injury is serious enough to warrant a trial, it’s serious enough to warrant medical attention; no one will believe you chose to “suffer in silence”
By failing to obtain adequate health care or by returning to your normal work and normal activities too soon, the other side may allege that you failed to comply with you “duty to Mitigate damages” (the law imposes upon every injured person the duty to prevent his/her injuries from becoming worse), which would reduce their responsibility
What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Case? How Do I Know If I Have One?
"Personal injury" cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed
1. The responsible party was careless (negligent). For example, if a truck driver crashed into an innocent victim’s car because he ignored a stop sign, the truck driver, under the law, would be considered negligent.
2. The negligence caused the personal injury. In the above example, if the innocent victim sustained a broken arm and severe headaches as a result of the crash, the truck driver’s negligence would be considered to have caused the personal injury.
3. The injury resulted in harm (compensatory damages). In the above example, if the innocent victim’s broken arm and headaches resulted in medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering, the injury would be considered to have resulted in compensatory damages
The most common personal injury cases are as follows:
Car Accident Cases
Car accidents spur the most personal injury cases in the United States. When an accident happens, usually it's because someone isn't following the rules of the road, or driving as carefully as he or she should be. A careless driver can (usually) be held financially and responsible for injuries stemming from a car accident.
Medical malpractice claims can arise when a doctor or other health care professional fails to provide competent and reasonably skilled care, and a patient is injured as a result.
lip and Fall Cases
Slip and fall cases are another very common type of personal injury case. Property owners (or, in some cases, those who are renting property) have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards, so that people who are on the property do not become injured.
In most cases, the owners of a dog are financially responsible for bites and other injuries caused by the dog. The exact laws on owner responsibility do vary from state to state, though. In some cases, strict liability rules exist and the dog owner is going to be liable for dog bite damages even if the dog has never shown any aggression or propensity to bite in the past.
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