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Personal injury is one of the most common, and most important legal practices, though many people might not know about it. The reason that it is important is that it helps people who have been injured in an accident and who need money to pay for all of the expenses caused by the accident. The reason that many people might not know about personal injury is that it does not get the attention that other high-profile aspects of the law might get, but that does not mean it is not just as important as they are.
Naturally, anyone who has experienced a personal injury will need a personal injury lawyer. Those types of attorneys are relatively easy to find and are very helpful because they can help their clients recover the compensation they need to cover their losses. And best of all, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they do not charge a fee unless they win the case. That means there are very little risk and potentially huge rewards for getting the help of a personal injury lawyer.
What is a Personal Injury?
The legal definition of a personal injury is an injury that was the result of an accident that was due to negligence. That means the following elements must be present before a case can be considered a personal injury:
- The person who caused the accident owed the victim a duty of care. That means the person responsible for the accident should behave in the way a reasonable person would in a similar situation. For example, a business owner owes a duty of care to their customers by removing any obstacles that could cause someone to slip and fall.
- The duty of care was violated. This means that the person who should have exercised a duty of care was negligent in doing so. In the example of the business owner, that means that they failed to clean up a spill that could cause a customer to slip and hurt themselves.
- The violation of the duty of care caused an accident. This is straightforward since it means that the negligence exhibited by someone caused an accident for someone else. In the example of the business owner, it means that the spill caused a customer to slip, fall, and get injured.
- The negligence caused losses for the victim. The losses would be the medical expenses, lost wages, or the damage to their property.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When someone gets hurt as a result of a personal injury they will need compensation to cover their losses. There are procedures they will need to go through, such as collecting the evidence that proves the negligence of the responsible party, filing an injury claim, and negotiating with the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident. An attorney can do all of that for the victim while they recover.
And if a lawsuit becomes necessary because the insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, then the personal injury lawyer will help the victim with that as well. That means personal injury law works for everyone who was the unwitting victim of an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else. So anyone who has suffered a personal injury should contact an attorney to get the help that they need.