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Prosecuting Your Personal Injury Claim In Alaska

Prosecuting Your Personal Injury Claim In Alaska

Distracted driving happens way too often throughout the United States.  And while the iPhones and Androids of the world might be fun and useful devices toy capable of previously unimaginable things, it is also the cause of many accidents in Alaska and most other parts of the world.  If you suffer personal injuries due to someone else being distracted while or acting otherwise negligently, find a lawyer from the Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers to help you achieve monies for your injuries.

Such personal injury lawyers prosecute many other types of claims besides auto accidents, such as slip-and-falls, train accidents, aircraft accidents, defamation, motorcycle accidents, police brutality, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death and more.  If it arises out of someone else’s negligence, there is an attorney from an Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers available to help you.

When attorneys use the word “negligence,” they refer to situations where a person fails to exercise the degree of care a reasonable person in that situation would use.  For example, (a) distracted driving is negligent because a reasonable person knows not to be on their phone while driving, (b) failing to shovel snow and ice from a walkway is negligent because doing so is an exercise of reasonable care, (c) failing to repair broken sidewalks falls under this category, because not doing so is known to cause someone to fall, (d) failing to stop at a stop sign or a red light is also negligent because you know other drivers or pedestrians may be passing by with the right of way.  If any of these acts or omissions cause you injury, you are is entitled to a monetary award.  

So if it is so straightforward, why do you need an advocate from an Association Of Personal Injury Lawyers?  Well, there are many rules, time deadlines and strategies required to be followed and created when prosecuting a lawsuit.  Without the requisite knowledge and experience, these may not be followed, leading to a poor result.  On the other hand, retaining such an experienced lawyer increases the likelihood of success in a lawsuit and, therefore, a greater amount of compensation.

And what will your attorneys do?  The process involves at least the following steps: (a) gathering as much evidence as possible, through discussing the facts with you, performing an investigation, obtaining police reports and photographs, and so on; (b) using these facts to draft a “Complaint,” the document that contains the allegations of what happened, is filed with the Court and then delivered (or “served”) to the defendants, (c) making sure the defendants respond to the Complaint by delivering an “Answer;” (d) going through “discovery,” where information and documents are exchanged by both parties through written questions and then depositions, where attorneys ask questions in front of a court reporter about what happened; and (e) the trial, where the case is presented to a judge or jury and a decision is made about (1) whether anyone was negligent and (2) how much monies the injuries were worth, if any.

Injured parties are entitled to “damages,” which typically include “economic damages” (i.e. reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and other items easily calculated) and “non-economic damages” (i.e. pain and suffering and loss of services and loss of consortium).

Because proving negligence and the value of your damages in a personal injury case is complicated, even when the facts are clear.  It is therefore greatly important to retain a quality lawyer to properly prosecute your claims.

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