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What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Claims

When you are the victim of an injury caused by another person’s carelessness, you quickly learn that the repercussions that stem from an injury extend far beyond the physical level. Depending on the severity of your injury, your entire way of life can be turned upside down. You may find yourself drowning in a sea of medical bills that have accumulated as a result of having to treat your injuries. This financial instability is only worsened if you have been unable to work as a result of your injuries. When you factor in the mental toll that accompanies a severe injury, you can easily become overwhelmed by the aftermath of an injury. 

If you’re facing the aftermath of an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, it may seem like the world is against you. It’s important to know, however, that you don’t have to face your battle alone. The team of personal injury attorneys at Fielding Law have dedicated their livelihood to helping those who have been hurt by someone else’s carelessness, and are committed to doing everything within our power to ensure that you receive the quality legal representation you need and deserve. 

You Have Legal Rights

After you have suffered an injury, life can seem particularly unfair. You didn’t deserve to be involved in your accident, after all, and your injuries may get in the way tremendously when it comes to trying to resume your normal way of life. Victims of personal injuries have rights, and an at-fault party can be held liable for your injuries.

Available Compensation for Successful Claims

Economic damages are forms of monetary loss that are easily calculated. In a personal injury claim, you can recover financial compensation for economic damages that you suffered at the hands of your injury. These losses include: 

  • Medical bills, hospital stays, surgical expenses, and rehabilitation costs;

  • Costs of medical equipment such as a walker or wheelchair and medication to treat your injuries or broken bones;

  • Wages that you lost as a result of missing work to recover from your injury (even future lost earning potential if you were left permanently unable to work); and

  • Property damage if you were injured whether in a car accident, a boat accident or motorcycle accident, etc. 

Non-economic damages include losses that you can’t put a dollar amount on but which are nevertheless very real. Although no amount of money can take these damages away, a personal injury claim can attempt to compensate for these losses. Examples include: 

  • Physical pain that you suffered during and after your injury occurred;

  • Emotional trauma that you are left to face after you were injured, such as depression, anxiety, or insomnia; and 

  • Loss of enjoyment of your way of life, along with loss of companionship and with loved ones.

In rare cases, the actions that lead to a victim’s injuries are so disturbing that compensatory damages aren’t enough to sufficiently punish then guilty party. In these circumstances, the at-fault party who caused the injury may face punitive damages. Unlike the forms of compensation listed above, punitive damages aren’t meant to cover the losses a victim suffered. Rather, this form for compensation is intended to punish the at-fault party for his or her heinous actions and serve as a deterrent to people who might consider engaging in similar actions in the future.

Time Is Limited

When you are recovering from an injury, thinking about pursuing a personal injury claim may be at the bottom of your to-do list. While you should focus your efforts on healing after your accident, it’s important to know that you can’t wait too long. Laws called statutes of limitations place a time limit on the amount of time that a victim of an injury has to pursue a claim against the at-fault party. These time limits vary from state to state, so it’s critical to seek advice from a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Successful personal injury claims involve a lot of prep work, so it’s important not to wait until it is too late to pursue your claim. 

You Need an Attorney

While a victim of personal injury may feel like his or her claim is clear-cut, personal injury cases aren’t all black and white. There are dozens of shades of gray in personal injury claims, and the mere fact that a person was injured isn’t enough to prove a case. A Fielding Law personal injury attorney is thoroughly familiar with the claims process and will be vital to your success in a claim. 

At Fielding Law, our attorneys take on the less glamorous aspects of a personal injury claim so that you don’t have to, including:

  • Handling the communication and negotiation with insurance companies so that our clients aren’t taken advantage of; 
  • Obtaining medical records that can validate the extent of your injuries; and
  • Building a framework for your personal injury claim that is tailored to your circumstances. 

When you enlist the help of a personal injury attorney who is part of the Fielding legal team, you can rest assured that you are armed with an experienced attorney who is dedicated to doing everything possible to obtain a favorable outcome in your case. We pursue your claim head-on so that you can focus on what really matters after suffering an injury—healing. 

You Don’t Necessarily Have to Go to Court

For many, the mention of a personal injury claim may bring to mind a packed courtroom and fierce arguments. For the majority of personal injury claims, however, this is far from the case. Many claims are settled through negotiations with the insurance company. This means that likely, you will be able to obtain the compensation you deserve without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom. If your case does progress to a trial, however, you can rest assured that it is safe in the hands of a Fielding Law attorney who has the experience and knowledge needed to increase your chances of a successful outcome. 

Suffering From an Injury? We’re Standing By

At Fielding Law, our team of personal injury attorneys is ready to provide you the quality representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. We’re dedicated to putting up a fight against insurance companies that might try to cut costs at your expense. No matter the circumstances surrounding your injuries, our legal team can help. Don’t wait until it is too late to pursue the compensation you deserve for the injuries you never should have suffered; to speak with a member of the Fielding Law team, call (877) 880-4090 or fill out an online contact form today. Our consultations are always free, so you have nothing to lose.