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Background on Personal Injury:

If you would like to learn a little more about personal injury / accident law, keep reading!

Personal injury is an area of law that protects individuals from injury that results from another person or party’s negligence, malpractice, or intentional act of wrongdoing.  This can be getting sideswiped in your car by someone not paying attention, or someone going through a stop sign. Or someone’s steps to their office are wet and you slipped and fell down.  The key is that your injury came from someone else’s wrongdoing.

Every situation is different and it is important to discuss the details of your potential case with an attorney. There are three key parts in personal injury lawsuits that need to be proven in order to pursue a claim. These three key things are:

  1. A legal duty between the one doing the wrong (the defendant) and the person injured (the plaintiff);

  2. A breach of that duty; and

  3. Damages that occur because of that breach.

That gives you a “cause of action,” but there are also “legal requirements” to file a lawsuit are clear: you must use the proper legal process, and you must file it within a certain amount of time. That is just the legal requirements to even file the lawsuit – there are a whole lot of other requirements to actually get treatment and compensation for your injuries and this is where having specialist legal counsel like William Heitmann becomes important. This includes things like medical verification of your injuries, the police report, witnesses, etc.

Having an attorney who not only knows the law, but specializes in this type of law is key to getting the compensation you deserve. Also, the specifics of your case may require specific actions, and a specialist knows this. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

What are different types of damages?

There are many different types of damages in personal injury cases, and they depend on the specifics of the accident, the injuries, etc. Once a personal injury has occurred, the defendant has to make good to the injured person for the damage done. “Damages” are what is owed to you to compensate you for your loss. Damages can be agreed upon by you and the injuring party without the need to go to trial or file a lawsuit. However, the damages offered to you may not fully compensate you for your loss, especially if you have suffered physical injury and have not been able to work. Hiring a personal injury lawyer ensures that you are treated fairly through this process.

Take a look at the list below and see if you believe suffer from these injuries:

Monetary losses, including:

Destruction or damage to your vehicle Current and future medical expenses
Future earnings you are no longer able to earn Lost wages
Medical expenses Household services

Physical and mental pain, including:

Mental anguish Loss of consortium
Loss of quality of life Neck pain
Headache Fatigue
Shoulder pain Anxiety
Low back pain Sleep disturbance
Sensitivity to noise Impaired concentration
Blurred vision Irritability
Difficulty Swallowing Dizziness
Forgetfulness Upper limb pain
Upper limb weakness Ringing in the ears
Facial pain TMJ or other jaw-related pain
Permanent disability Disfigurement

If you believe that you have suffered from any of the above damages contact us today for your FREE evaluation

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