Personal Injury Lawyer
When you are dealing with personal injury law, you need to know exactly what your personal injury lawyer is dealing with. If you’ve been injured in an accident then it’s helpful to know what kind of lawyer you need and the laws that they are going to be handling. You might be wondering even what a personal injury lawyer does for you and that is an easy question to answer.
Your personal injury lawyer is going to handle state-specific time limits, otherwise known as statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is very important because this is a time limit on bringing injury cases to the court and if these statutes are missed, then sadly you may not be able to file. Your personal injury lawyer is going to know all of the statutes that relate to each type of personal injury since each type of personal injury may have different laws. In some states you have about two years to file a lawsuit that is related to a personal injury in most cases, and oftentimes this time limit is going to begin on the date of your accident even if you do not think you are injured. There are some exceptions such as if you suffer a injury that does not get discovered until later after the date of the statute of limitations is up, then in this and send to your personal injury lawyer would be able to push for your statute of limitations to begin the day the injury was discovered rather than the day of your accident to give you a fair chance.
Your personal injury lawyer understand that you as a citizen of the United States are not going to know all of the laws surrounding your claim. For instance you are not going to know that if you are filing a claim against a city, in many states you will then have 180 days to file a formal claim and you must have the lawsuit within one year.
Some state are what is known as a comparative negligence state, which means that if you are found partly at fault or your accident and your injury then your overall compensation is going to be reduced by the percentage that you are determined to be at fault for. This means that if you are 20% at fault and your total damages were $10,000, then you would receive $8000 because they would remove the $2000 that makes up 20%.
However not every type of wrongful death or personal injury case follows the comparative negligence laws, and you will need your lawyer to help you determine whether your case is going to follow comparative negligence or not. Your lawyer will also be able to tell you if you will be found to be at fault for your accident, and will be able to prepare you.