Most legal terms seem deliberately designed to frustrate and confuse the layperson. Some of the jargon we call legalese is actually in the dead language of Latin. Really, how much more obscure could you get? But a few legal phrases and terms are actually quite obvious. Take for example the term “personal injury.”
As its name suggests, personal injury refers to a situation where a person is emotionally or physically hurt or killed due to the negligence of another. When it is clear that the other party was at fault, the injured individual has the legal right to file a lawsuit against them in civil court. If they are successful, the judge or jury will award damages.
With nearly as many automobiles as people in the United States, it is no surprise that there are millions of reported car accidents each year. In about one-quarter of these collisions, someone is injured. If the driver that is found to be at fault was also negligent, he/she may be sued for damages. As a result, automobile accidents are easily the most common reason for personal injury claims.
It is also possible to file suits because of slip and falls, professional malpractice, product liability, worker’s compensation, and many other instances where the negligence or wrongdoing can be established by a preponderance of the evidence.
When you are injured in an accident, the burden of that injury must be borne by you. That includes medical bills, lost wages from work, and physical or emotion pain. But if you were not at fault and the other party is to blame, why should you be forced to pay for it? It seems only fitting that the other party should, at the very least, cover your financial losses.
Who to call
In most cases, it is fairly easy to calculate exactly what you lost as the result of an accident—you simply add the wages you missed from work and your medical expenses. But compensation for pain and suffering, even scarring and personal injuries, can be much more complicated to assign a number to. This is just one of the many reasons why you should contact a Pompano Beach personal injury law firm if you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault.
How can we help?
Most valid personal injury cases are settled before they get to trial. To do so, the lead attorney must often negotiate with insurance companies, who are notoriously tough customers. The Attorneys at the Maus Law Firm have been dealing with these folks since 1993. We know how they operate and what they expect during the negotiating process.
And, if the time comes where the case must go to trial, we won’t back down. Our Pompano Beach personal injury law firm has tried over 130 jury trials! We will work as hard as we can for as long as we must to obtain the damages you are legally entitled to.