A Personal Injury lawsuit is a legal dispute that develops after an injured individual files a case in a court of law. They file a lawsuit because they feel that another person is the direct cause of the accident, and that had reasonable action been taken, the accident, and the injuries resulting, could have been prevented. While some personal injury cases go to court, many are settled out of the courtroom before a judge hears the case.
There are a few different things that you should know if you plan to file a lawsuit. A formal lawsuit is filed when the individual who is injured files a complaint against the other party involved in the accident. An informal settlement is an agreement that is reached before the case gets to court. The settlement is what the parties of the case have agreed upon with their lawyers and it must be signed and dated and put into court records before it becomes official.
A time limit to file a lawsuit is in place for personal injury cases. Anyone who feels that they have been wronged and should be compensated for those damages should understand the statute of limitations that is in place. The period of limitations begins on the date the accident occurs, and varies according to the type of lawsuit that you plan to file, and the type of accident that has occurred. The state is also a factor in the amount of time that you will have to file a lawsuit.
One of the most common types of personal injury lawsuit filed in today’s judicial system is those resulting from car accidents. A car accident occurs every 3 seconds in the USA, and oftentimes they occur because one of the drivers wasn’t focused on the road. However, it is important to note that a car accident is not the only type of accident that can result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Injuries at work are also commonly filed cases, as are those involving medical malpractice and even lawsuits filed after an individual has been injured because of a slip and fall in a store or on a public walkway. Again, not all cases qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. Talking to a lawyer is the easiest way to determine if your case qualifies. Most lawyers offer a free consultation to discuss your case and the next steps that should be taken.