When Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Claim?

It’s almost a running joke in society today that citizens of the United States are a litigious bunch, and sometimes it does seem like people are quick to try to file a lawsuit over the smallest of infractions. But sometimes an accident is just an accident and you have to accept the consequences and move on with your life.

Other times, however, your personal injury is due to the neglect of another individual and your pain and suffering needs to be compensated for. This does not mean you are attempting to file a frivolous lawsuit. Quite the contrary: you may have a situation that is a textbook personal injury case and is exactly why attorneys like those of us at Hershey Law are in practice.

Don’t let the fear of looking money-hungry or the worry of a court battle stop you from making a justified claim against a neglectful party. If your personal injury falls under any of the following scenarios, you should not hesitate to hire a lawyer to help you through your stressful time.

And if it doesn’t fit any of these cases in a clear-cut way, it’s best to contact a personal injury attorney who offers free consultations, like us here at Hershey Law P.C., to ask them their informed opinion before you make a decision that you can’t take back after the time limit to file a claim has expired or you’ve signed your rights away unknowingly.

Always Talk to an Attorney in These Personal Injury Situations

According to the Cornell Law School legal definition of personal injury, this term refers to any damage done to the body, mind, or emotions of a person involved. This definition covers a wide range of injuries that you may have sustained, including bodily harm but extending to address your emotions, such as embarrassment and humiliation or anxiety and depression because of the accident or the resulting damage.

Just because you may not feel that your injuries were severe enough to warrant a lawsuit does not mean that they aren’t. Don’t make the decision without consulting with a personal injury attorney to see what legal rights you have and what compensation you may be entitled to. This compensation won’t get you back to the way you were before your accident, but it may be a way to help you through an already stressful situation.

Common personal injury situations in which you should always speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after your incident include, but are not limited to:

  1. When you were involved in a motor vehicle accident of any kind. Accidents involving motor vehicles may have involved two or more vehicles, a vehicle and a pedestrian or bicyclist, motorcycles, or large trucks.

These types of collisions can get very complicated when it comes to determining who is responsible for paying for damages and injuries, especially in a state like California, where you must be legally determined to be at fault in order to have to pay for someone else’s damages. In the meantime, the innocent party is racking up bills and paying out of their pocket for injuries that occurred because of someone else’s negligence.

When this injured party is you, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You may be missing work due to pain or doctors’ appointments. Your financial situation may become difficult to handle. The emotions of the aftermath of the accident must also be dealt with, not to mention the damage to your vehicle and property.

In cases like this, having an attorney who cares about what happens to you every step of the way is the best help you can give yourself. Your lawyer will work to get you compensation for property damage and bodily injury as well as lost wages, medical bill coverage, compensation for future pain and suffering, and more, depending on the extent of your injuries.

  1. If you were injured in a slip or trip and fall due to someone’s negligence. You probably often see signs warning you of wet floors or construction in progress, but what happens when there are no warnings and you step in a pothole or trip over wires that were not expected?

Any time there are insufficient or missing warnings and you were injured by dangers that could not have been expected to reasonably have been foreseen, you may have a personal injury lawsuit.

Similar to a motor vehicle accident’s claims, slip or trip and falls can result in compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and a wide range of other possible factors for which you may be entitled to damages.

These cases are handled differently, however, because there is no default insurance responsible as in an auto accident. Be sure to contact an expert attorney in these situations or you may end up with the burden of medical bills placed in your wallet.

  1. When the negligence of others results in a tragic wrongful death. The passing of a loved one is always difficult to deal with, but when you must handle it because someone else caused their death, it is often even worse.

Knowing that your loved one passed before their time due to another person’s carelessness or intentional actions brings unbearable grief that is often helped in some ways by ensuring the at-fault party is held accountable legally. The attorneys at Hershey Law understand this and want to do everything in their ability to help you get the closure you need for your loss.

  1. When medical malpractice takes away your quality of life. Physicians, nurses, and professional hospital and doctors’ office staff have a duty of care to help you improve when you are sick that places an automatic level of trust on them that others don’t have. With this trust comes great responsibility.

When a professional in these positions makes a mistake, it can be dangerous or downright deadly. Called “medical malpractice,” these mistakes can create a chain reaction of consequences to the injured party.

If you were the victim of medical malpractice, it may seem like you have nowhere to turn to for help because these kinds of lawsuits are difficult to prove, requiring extensive evidence testified to by experts over a long period of time. However, Hershey Law’s attorneys are skilled in these cases and may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.

  1. On-site or post-construction accidents are more common than you think. Even if you don’t work in a construction zone, you are not immune to accidents caused by shoddily put together buildings and fixtures.

While injuries on a construction site are to be expected, they often result in serious damage due to the heavy equipment being used.

Injuries also happen in your home once you have paid someone to complete renovations or build your house from the ground up. Structural collapses can domino into major home damage from the foundation to the roof and if you or your family member are inside the house, it can be dangerous.

In other cases, many homeowners or tenants have filed lawsuits after the engineer, contractor, or subcontractor’s work resulted in a dangerous construction defect. These defects are defined by three factors: They require additional work and expenses to fix the problem, they can result in injury to the construction worker, and they can result in injury to another person.

When this happens, you may be entitled to more than just property damage replacement. Depending on the contracts involved and who is ultimately liable for the finished product, you may be able to receive compensation for your home’s construction as well as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.

  1. Injuries sustained because of defective products. When certain product liability issues happen, they make headlines across the world. For example, when theme park rides break down and someone is seriously injured or dies, everyone hears about it.

But injuries from defective products are more widespread and less news-worthy than that. In fact, deaths and injuries caused by product liability happen every day.

These situations may be as common as injuries that happened when someone’s faulty brakes fail to stop in time to avoid an accident or as unusual as when a popular fast food restaurant served scalding hot coffee that resulted in severe burns and set the stage for product liability lawsuits over a decade ago.

Companies have learned the hard way that they must provide sufficient warning labels and clear directions on how their product should be used, even if it appears to be common sense. However, if you were using your purchase as directed and you were still injured by a defective product, you could be entitled to compensation as a result of their faulty design or negligent rollout.

Don’t Wait: Call an Attorney Today

Each personal injury situation is unique and yours is, too. Don’t take advice from well-meaning friends and family members or your social media tribe. Go to the experts in the legal field for your answers. Call Hershey Law today for your free consultation.