Many people suffer injuries when involved in a car accident, slip and fall, product-related incident, maritime accident, trucking accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, medical malpractice, or another personal injury matter. If this happens to you, there are Personal Injury Attorneys Accidents that will take you through the entire process, from intake to trial, helping you obtain compensation for (i) medical bills, (ii) property damage, (iii) pain and suffering, and (iv) other resulting issues.
There is no rule preventing you from prosecuting your own injury claims. However, there are lots of laws you will not know. This is why it is so important to retain Personal Injury Attorneys Accidents. These lawyers will prevent you from ruining your own case due to concepts such as (i) the “statute of limitations” which, most often, gives you only two years from the date of injury to file your claim or you never be able to obtain money; (ii) “comparative negligence, where you may have to defend against allegations that you were at fault, something that, if deemed to be true, will reduce the amount awarded to you; (iii) the lack of availability of punitive damages, (iv) additional laws related to wrongful death cases, (vi) lack of—or insufficient—levels of insurance coverage, (vii) the timely filing of certain reports to Alaska’s Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies, and (ix) varied rules and procedures for each courthouse and judge.
So how do you decide what lawyers to represent you? The best source is referrals—if a friend, relative or someone else you trust extols the virtues of an attorney or law firm, this is a good way to go. There are also plenty of databases and organizations that will refer someone to you.
In the personal injury context, the most common method of “payment” is the contingency fee. In this case, attorneys are only paid a percentage of any award you receive. Although expenses such as witness fees, copying, etc. will likely be deducted as well, there is no up-front cost to the client. However, the ultimate decision as to whether to accept an offer of settlement or keep fighting is yours.
There is a lot more to know than what is contained in this article. Although you may receive some leniency if you proceed without a lawyer, If you fail to adhere to one or more of the relevant rules, you will not likely prevail. It is therefore vital to retain personal injury lawyers in order to get what you deserve.