Personal Injury

Personal Injury Lawyer

Were you or a loved one injured in an accident? A Personal Injury Lawyer at Schuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys has the experience to make sure the at-fault party is held accountable and that you get the maximum compensation possible.

Getting into an accident can bring severe consequences, from physical injuries to medical care costs and a heavy financial burden. An insurance adjuster will often make a settlement offer before you’ve even completed medical treatment. 

No one plans to get into an accident, and having an experienced lawyer on your side will hold the liable party accountable and can make sure you get a fair settlement. This is why it’s important after personal injury accidents to contact an attorney from the best personal injury law firm.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, get a free, no-obligation consultation with the experienced injury lawyers at Shunnarah. We’ve won 1 billion for our clients. See how we can help you with your personal injury case today! We help clients nationwide, find a personal injury lawyer in your state near you by calling 833-692-5038

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What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for You?

A personal injury lawyer can protect you from insurance companies that try to offer lower amounts of compensation for your injuries. In most cases, offering higher settlement amounts to victims isn’t viable for insurance companies, so they do their best to settle insurance claims for less.

There are many things a personal injury victim must do to claim compensation. Typically, the accident victim may not be physically or mentally able to get the legal process done themselves, so hiring a legal expert may be the best option in these cases.

A personal injury attorney deals with every entity you have to deal with, meaning you can focus on resting and recovering while your attorney starts the process of handling your personal injury claim.

Protecting your legal rights involves a lot of challenging tasks for the attorney, so it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Below is a general overview of what a personal injury attorney can do as your legal representative.

Going Over the Case

The first step into any personal injury case is reviewing the facts and evidence. While it’s possible for the victim to complete this process themselves, it’s much easier if they get help from a legal counselor. 

Keep in mind that a personal injury lawyer is trained to look into details and use all the tools possible to claim as much compensation as possible from the insurance company.

Gathering Evidence

Accident victims need to gather as much evidence as possible after an accident. If the injured party is able to they should file a police report. However, depending on the accident, the victim may not be able to gather everything they need to file a claim. This is where an attorney can help with personal injury matters. 

They’ll be able to interview those involved with the accident, collect the accident report, collect additional evidence, and help you with a list of medical providers that will help you on your road to recovery.

There are a few steps you can do if you were in an accident that can help your legal claim.

  • Call the authorities.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you’ve been injured.  
  • If you have not been injured, take photos and videos of the accident scene
  • Photos or videos of the injuries
  • File a police report
  • Witness testimonies (if applicable)
  • Reports of medical bills and lost wages

In these cases, the more evidence the victim and lawyer are able to gather for the case, the better. On the contrary, if the victim fails to provide sufficient evidence to the insurance company, it may try to offer much lower compensation amounts (or no compensation at all).

Keeping Record of Medical Bills and Lost Wages

With catastrophic injury claims, as is the case in most car and truck accidents, it may be hard for the injured party to keep track of all the medical bills and lost wages. In these cases, hiring a personal injury lawyer may be the best thing to do since they can track the financial losses while you are focused on the healing process.

Getting an insurance company to pay for medical bills and lost wages is one of the most important parts of the claim process, so it’s vital to do it right.

Disputing the Claim with Insurance Companies

Negotiating with an insurance company is challenging, especially if you’re not trained for that kind of process. Thankfully, injury law firms are trained to deal with these companies. 

Lawyers can review insurance policy details and determine how much the victim can receive in financial compensation based on these details and the case circumstances. Additionally, the lawyer can deal with the communications process with the insurance company since some victims tend to unintentionally reveal information that can jeopardize their claims.

Filing a Lawsuit and Taking the Case to Trial

There are many processes involved in filing a lawsuit. A personal injury attorney is going to send demand letters to the insurance company, prepare pleadings, initiate the discovery process, and represent their clients.

In case the lawsuit must be taken to a jury trial, the lawyer is also responsible for representing their clients and pushing for the highest amount of compensation for damages possible.

What Types Of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

As mentioned before, a personal injury law firm may work with different case types since they involve different legal processes. Still, the goal for each case type is the same, which is claiming as much compensation as possible for the victim.

Here is a list of the most common personal injury case types that injury attorneys work with:

Medical Malpractice

In these cases, attorneys work with their victims to claim compensation after a medical professional has a breach of duty of care and committed an act that caused serious injuries to the victim. Here, doctors, nurses, or even the hospital as a company can be held liable for negligent acts that caused injuries.

It’s important to note that medical malpractice cases involve different injury types, such as the following:

  • Improper treatments
  • Surgical errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Pharmacy or medication mistakes
  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to diagnose serious health conditions

Work Injuries

Work injuries (or workplace accidents) involve cases where an employee is injured or killed while working for their employer. Workplace injuries are different to manage for personal injury attorneys since, in some cases, the victim may not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.

Instead, victims may file a claim under their state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, which requires most employers to provide benefits and work accommodations to injured workers. It’s important to note that these work accommodations may vary depending on each state’s regulations.

Some of the most common benefits for injured workers include the cost of treatments, coverage for lost wages, and others.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents are some of the most common personal injury cases. According to a study made by the National Highway Traffic Administration, about 5.25 million automobile accidents happen each year across the nation. Moreover, that number equates to at least one car accident every minute.

The Association for Safe International Road Travel revealed statistics that showed that at least 37,000 people die each year due to automobile accidents, whereas 2.35 million get severely injured or become disabled. As you can see, these numbers are overwhelming, which is why it’s important for an accident victim to get the right help.

Whether the car accident victim was the driver, the passenger, or a pedestrian, they may be entitled to receiving monetary compensation for the damages sustained. The best way to assess the right amount of compensation the victim can receive is through talking to a personal injury attorney.

Defective Products

Defective products can cause severe injuries to any person. In these cases, faulty operation manuals, improper warnings, or simply poor manufacturing are solid grounds for the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit. 

Overall, the responsible party for product liability cases may be the manufacturing company, a particular individual, or even government entities. Generally speaking, the responsible party is the one who sold, created, designed, or marketed the defective product to people.

Here, it’s vital for the victim to call the right legal expert to evaluate the alleged harmful product, identify who was responsible, and file a lawsuit to receive proper compensation for each injury.

Premises Liability

Premises liability cases involve any accident that occurs on someone’s land. In other words, these accidents involve injuries sustained in stores, restaurants, malls, public or private properties, and more. 

These cases involve a vast range of dangerous conditions that may give rise to a personal injury claim. If someone trips over an obstacle inside a grocery store, for example, they may file a lawsuit against the store or property owner.

It’s important for the victim to document the accident as soon as it happens (if possible) since it allows both the victim and their lawyer to have more advantage in court.

Wrongful Death

Wrongful death cases are among the most severe ones for personal injury attorneys. These personal injury cases involve accidents that kill another person unintentionally.

Typically, wrongful death cases happen in automobile accidents, medical malpractice, airplane accidents, or product liability cases. Considering the severity of these cases, these involve wider compensation for the victim’s family.

Still, it’s vital for the victims to contact an experienced injury lawyer so that they can go over each detail of the case thoroughly.

Miscellaneous Cases

There are a wide variety of other personal injury cases that may happen, although they’re not as common as the other ones mentioned in the list above. These miscellaneous personal injury cases can cause minor injuries to catastrophic injury. These may involve:

  • Nursing home abuse
  • Boating accidents
  • Animal bites
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Food poisoning
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Legal malpractice
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Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

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Choose The Personal Injury Lawyers That Will Go To War For Your Case

Hiring an attorney is one of the best decisions accident victims can make to ensure the compensation awarded will help with the recovery process. Schuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys provide the personal attention you need and is trained to help accident victims from all areas, from auto accidents to wrongful death cases.

When insurance companies want to settle for thousands of dollars, The Schuerger Shunnarah Trial Attorneys Law Firm works to settle for millions of dollars in compensation for its clients. We can help you with your personal injury case.

 If you experienced an accident recently and need help with your injury claim, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation from our personal injury lawyer.

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