The term “personal injury” applies to a wide area of claims that arise when one party believes that his or her damages were caused by another party, resulting in a lawsuit. Examples of personal injury claims range from those involving wrongful death to defective products to motor vehicle accidents to discrimination and sexual harassment cases, as well as business torts such as breach of contract or securities fraud.
If the wrongful conduct of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party. Most plaintiff’s lawyers represent clients on a contingency fee basis and receive compensation only when the case is resolved. This enables people who would otherwise be unable to afford a lawyer to have legal representation.
If you think you have a personal injury case, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer to explore your legal rights. Claims can, for example, be made by individuals, by a guardian, by a decedent’s estate, as well as by larger groups in class action lawsuits, depending upon the nature of the case. Key factors to consider in hiring a Personal Injury litigator are his or her willingness and ability to take your case to trial and a proven track record in obtaining settlements or winning jury trials – whether your concern is the wrongful death of a loved one or a spinal cord injury.
The plaintiff has the burden of proving his/her case. The more complex the case, the more essential it is to know that your legal team has the experience and resources that will give you the greatest opportunity for success whether the issue is handling a defective tire case or a train accident. This includes the ability to take an expert’s deposition, conduct mock trials, and/or present tech-savvy evidence at trial.
Bruce A. Broillet, partner