Personal Injury FAQ
No matter how cautious you try to be in your everyday life, accidents can happen anywhere at any time. If you are injured in an accident that is someone else’s fault, you may be able to recover money to cover medical expenses and rehabilitation. At Thompson Law Group, P.C., our lawyers have been helping people in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area that were injured in accidents for over 10 years.
Our attorneys make sure to treat each case with the respect it deserves and take the time to fully understand your injury. We believe in providing great legal service as well as customer service to our clients. We will be a strong legal advocate for you and work to recover the compensation you deserve.
What is considered a personal injury?
A personal injury is any physical or mental injury that is a direct result of someone else’s negligence.
What types of accidents are considered personal injury?
There are various incidents that are considered personal injury, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Accidents at home
- Animal bites
- Defective products
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
This is just a short list of the many personal injury cases, and does not cover them all.
I was hurt, but I am not sure if I have a personal injury. What should I do?
The best thing to do is to go to the doctor and assess the injury. If you are injured, you can speak to a lawyer about the possibility of a personal injury claim.
After my accident, how do I know if I am able to file a personal injury claim?
To have a personal injury claim, four factors have to be met:
- The person at fault has a duty to do or not do something for another person’s safety.
- The person at fault did not fulfill that duty.
- You suffered an injury.
- Those injuries were a result of someone’s negligence.
Do I have to take my personal injury claim to trial?
No. Most of the time, personal injury settlements are handled outside the courtroom.
What damages can I recover for in my claim?
Anyone who is a victim is entitled to compensation to cover all expenses accrued due to the injury. Those include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Physical or mental disability
- Loss of a loved one and emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment
Again, this is only a short list. A lawyer will sit down with you and figure out all your expenses.
Will the at-fault party pay for my bills right away?
No. You will be required to pay your bills until the settlement is complete. Depending on your own insurance, you should be able to cover portions of your medical bills.
What if I do not feel hurt at the scene but feel sore or injured later?
It is understandable if you do not feel your injuries right away. Adrenaline and shock can downplay these injuries until later. Once you do feel them, it is best to go to the doctor and get them checked out.
I did not go to the doctor; can I still file a personal injury claim?
You do not have to go to your primary doctor for care. You can still recover compensation for chiropractor, counselor, auto repairs and any other expenses.
What if I cannot afford to pay for a lawyer after my accident?
Most personal injury lawyers are paid on a contingency basis, meaning they take a percentage of the settlement. This is done so that everyone is able to get the help they need in a personal injury situation.
How much money will I get?
The amount of compensation you receive depends on a lot of factors, such as the injuries, the amount of medical attention needed, your insurance, the other driver’s insurance, lost wages and any other expenses accrued due to the injury. A lawyer will help you decide what is a fair settlement.
How long will it take to get my settlement?
It is difficult to guess how long these cases will take. The length of time varies case by case and depends on how complex the case is and how fast the system moves.
Injured In An Accident? We Can Help.
If you have been injured in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, we are here for you. Call Thompson Law Group, P.C., today for a free consultation or follow the link to contact us online here.