If you have been injured or suffered psychological trauma as a result of a third party’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation. But you may also have many questions about whether your injury is eligible for compensation, or concerns about the process itself. Especially if you or a loved one has been recently injured, finding out about your rights can be the last thing on your mind. However, this is just the time when you should be sure to understand how to protect your right to compensation by consulting with a lawyer experienced in personal injury. If you are in the Charlotte area, you can make an appointment for a free consultation with the team at Warren & Kallianos, P.L.L.C. in order to develop a plan moving forward. Here are some things to keep in mind about personal injury compensation.
What are “personal injuries”?
All injuries are personal in the sense that they happen to a person rather than to property. However, under the law only injuries caused a third party can be considered eligible for compensation. The key here is the determination of “liability” – this means that your injury must not only have been caused by another person, but that other person must be determined to have been responsible for your injury through their actions or inactions. If your injury was the result of a genuine accident that could not have been prevented by any reasonable action and was not caused by a failure to act reasonably, then it is not considered to be a “personal injury.”
Are “personal injuries” only physical injuries?
Many people don’t realize that a personal injury can includes more than the direct impact of the physical injury itself. The law accounts for pain and suffering that may result from a physical injury when determining compensation. This includes not only pain from the accident itself, but also for pain and suffering that you may reasonably experience in the future, including stress and trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder can result from being in an accident, and can affect the quality of life of the person experiencing it.
Finding the right personal injury lawyer
If you believe that you may have suffered a personal injury, then you should speak to a lawyer – experience shows that people receive the largest compensation settlements this way. But how do you choose? Friends and family may be happy to recommend someone, or you may have friend who practices personal injury law. However, be sure that you find a lawyer with experience in the kind of injury that you have experience. Like every other profession, lawyers have areas of expertise, and one who specializes in injuries caused by car accidents may be able to handle your slip and fall injury, but a lawyer with experience with slip and fall injuries would be even better!
If you have been injured in an accident for which another party may be liable, whether at a hospital, in a car accident, in a public space or even in your own home, you should immediately contact a lawyer to get advice about how to protect your right to receive the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled.