Answers to common questions about personal injury law
Those who suffer a personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or incompetence have legal options to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve. Personal injury lawyers can address inquiries for your specific case, but you can find answers to some of the most common personal injury questions below.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is one that is caused on one person as a result of the negligence of another person or entity. This can be a person-to-person event such as a car accident or can be caused at a public facility because of unsafe conditions or practices. Slips on spilled liquid in a grocery store aisle or tripping over boxes left in a high-traffic lane of a department store are two examples.
Can I file a personal injury claim if I get hurt at work?
Although the procedure is similar, getting hurt in your Troy, Illinois workplace will put you into the status of a workers’ compensation case. To make sure you receive proper compensation it is important to report workplace injuries immediately to your supervisor so that the company will have a record of your injury. An insurance company may try to contact you or may ask you to sign documents. A personal injury lawyer can review and discuss these documents with you before you sign them.
What is a “contingent fee”?
Most law firms in and around Troy, Illinois work off the premise that if you don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay the law firm for representing you. This is commonly known as a contingent fee arrangement. You will not have to pay any upfront fees, agreeing to pay a percentage of your settlement to the law firm that represents you upon winning the case.
Who will pay my medical bills?
Personal injury lawyers hear this question most often from auto or truck accidents who need significant treatment and continued therapy to recover. But all personal injury clients have the same concern. In the case of an accident, your car or health insurance might cover medical costs; if the accident was caused by someone who also had insurance, their insurance carrier should cover the cost of your medical bills. Workers’ compensation cases require the company at fault to pay.
Call on Brunton Law Office for a free initial consultation of your personal injury claim.