Understanding Personal Injury Lawsuits
Do you know what you would do if you or a family member suffered a catastrophic injury? Let’s face it; the world is a scary enough place without thinking of all the bad things that can happen. At the same time, it’s always a possibility that something can go wrong while driving, in the workplace, or even when you’re just trying to have fun. Understanding your legal options when faced with the difficulties that come in the wake of an unfortunate accident will prove useful when moving forward with your life.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Personal Injury Lawsuits arise when one party or a person suffers some form of harm that is the result of an accident or injury that another party or person caused. In most cases, the harm happened in some form of negligent or careless action by another person or entity. For example, one person could run a red light which causes an accident and injury to another driver or a doctor could carelessly harm a patient. In almost every situation that involves an accident, you will have to deal with an insurance company who can be held responsible for the injured party’s medical bills, and other things like pain and suffering. In other cases of personal injury, the lawsuit may involve a company or corporation. If it was not a person that directly harmed you, but rather a product of some sort, then corporate attorneys, as well as insurance agents will be involved.
Your potential case will begin when a personal injury lawyer represents you in civil court. The point of these proceedings, of course, is to find the people or company responsible for the injuries at fault for the damages they caused. However, most of the time, personal injury cases are settled without actually going to court. Usually, both parties reach an agreement between the attorneys representing both sides, the insurers, and the injured party. This type of process can resolve the matter quickly and effectively, especially if the defendant does not want the matter to go to court. Sometimes, this process requires mediation or arbitration which is just a more formal alternative to actual litigation and lawsuits. When arbitration is conducted, the time it takes to come to an agreement is typically extended as demands are exchanged in written form and discussed between the involved parties. Less typically, a formal lawsuit is filed as a civil complaint and then it makes its way through the court systems.
While you can represent yourself, it’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Galbreath Law Firm has helped Texans for decades to get the compensation for their injuries that they deserve. From car and 18-wheeler accidents to oil field injuries, we have a proven track record of being able to provide our clients with the results they need to help rebuild their lives after suffering a catastrophic injury. We fully understand how drastically your life can change after an accident and we work hard to give you peace of mind about you and your family's future. Take the first steps on the road to recovery. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and let’s discuss the details of your potential case.