You suffer a personal injury when you get injured or have any harm done to you, because of the actions of others. This is where personal injury law firms come into the picture and they will be of help to people who have received such injuries. This practice is called tort practice, and a tort is essentially an act performed by someone, which has resulted in injuries to any party, which then allows them to claim compensation for the injury. Attorneys who specialize in tort law, will act on the behalf of the injured party and help them to recover any losses they may have suffered, monetarily, as a result of the wrong action of the party that is being sued. This will quite often require legal action and the attorneys will represent the injured party in such court proceedings.
One of the first steps that attorneys of these firms take before taking on such cases is to examine the legal issues in the case, and gauge the possibilities of recovering compensation for the person who has been wronged. A simple accident can lead to the opposite party being sued for negligence, intentionally causing emotional distress and many other kinds of behavior that could help in claiming compensation. The attorneys will investigate the causes of the actions and the circumstances in which they occurred. They may rely on outside experts and investigators, to analyse and obtain evidence that can help to prove the negligence. This allows them to prove a prima facie case, or that which is true when first looked at.
The attorneys at the personal injury law firms will then proceed to identify the damages that their client has suffered as a result of the wrongful action, and determine a monetary value. This is then presented to the opposite side, the party alleged to have caused the wrongful action, and can even be negotiated with it, so that time in court can be avoided. These values have to be justified to the legal counsel of the opposite party and in court, during any trial of the case. These can include:
• Present and future medical expenses
• Pain and suffering
• Economic loss
• Emotional loss
The costs of receiving medical treatment for the injuries caused, as well as any future costs for therapy can be recovered as part of compensation. Lawyers of these firms also negotiate with doctors and other institutions to settle outstanding bills, while the case is pending.
Injuries can cause psychological damages that do change the life of the injured person, and compensation can be claimed for these damages. Often people involved in accidents will find it difficult to go back to their normal routine, out of a fear of it recurring and this is the damage that is required to be compensated.
Injuries can result in a person having to stop working and lose the capacity to earn a living. This loss can be claimed as compensation. These amounts can be quite high in cases, where such disabilities become permanent, and it is up to the lawyers of the personal injury law firms to prove this to the competent authorities, if their claim has to be justified.
Accidents can cause death of loved ones, and survivors of such accidents are also in a position to demand that they be compensated for this loss of companionship.
The final goal of injury law firms has to be to see that the claims of their clients are paid and all losses compensated. This at times requires intense negotiation, or mediation. Litigation has always to be thought of as a last step, as court procedures can be lengthy and costly.