Many people are still unaware that there are different types of lawyers specializing in various cases. While it is well and good to seek a general practice lawyer, there are certain benefits to having an expert on the case on your side.
That said, hiring a personal injury attorney is the best option for people are harmed by others and wish to be compensated for the inconvenience and damages.
What is Personal Injury?
Unlike damage to property or reputation, personal injury is defined by law as the instance where the victim is hurt or “damaged” physically. These can include cuts, bruises, broken limbs and those similar to them. Another factor for a case to be considered as a personal injury is the involvement of another party— be it an individual or an institution— whose negligence caused physical hurt to the victim.
Some of the most common personal injury cases that can be compensated are:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Slip and fall claims
Note that while automobile accidents are included in the circumstances covered, personal injury cases can only claim compensation for the damage done to a person’s body. This does not cover his property which, in this case, is the vehicle.
Personal Injury Jargon Explained
Like other lawsuits, personal injury cases involve a lot of technical terms. Knowing what these jargon mean will help you understand better how cases like yours are being handled. The following terms are used to identify the participants of a personal injury case.
Party – A general term used to identify the plaintiff or defendant
Tortfeasor – Also known as the “At-Fault-Party” or the “Defendant.” This refers to the person who caused the personal injury.
Claimant – The person who is making the claim and is usually the victim of the personal injury.
Attorney – The lawyer or person who is licensed to practice law and is representing a party involved in the lawsuit.
Adjuster – The person hired to negotiate the settlement claim, with a primary goal of avoiding payouts or reducing it to as low an amount as possible.
First Party Insurance – The company that insured the victim.
Third Party Insurance – The company that insured the tortfeasor or defendant.
Plaintiff – The person who filed the lawsuit.
Defendant – The person being sued.
Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury lawyers have the following advantages over general practitioners:
- More Case-Related Experience and Knowledge
Since they only handle cases like yours, personal injury attorneys are guaranteed to know the ins and outs of the legal process. Other things involved include gathering evidence and dealing with third-party insurance representatives and adjusters. They can be considered experts in the field because they have already handled similar cases in the past and have studied more on the particular type of legal problem you have.
- Understands How Much Your Claim Is Worth
Thanks to their experience and knowledge, most personal injury attorneys already know how much you can claim in damages after knowing the basic details of the case. This means they know what you are due and will work hard to deliver it (and possibly more).
- Has a Better Chance and Motivation in Winning
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they will only get paid after they win your case. With their expertise combined with this type of motivation, these types of attorneys will have a higher chance of getting the results you hoped for.
- Can Take Your Case to Trial or Offer Alternatives
While they may make settlements in some cases, most personal injury lawyers can take your case to trial, especially if they deem the deal offered to be insufficient based on the damages incurred. Even so, they can also offer alternatives that are more favorable to you, including arbitration and mediation.