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Getting A Personal Injury Attorney?

By Martha Orem

Before you can make a choice as to whether or not you should hire a personal injury attorney / lawyer, you first have to know what a personal injury situation is.

Most people believe that a personal injury claim is really a vehicle or motor vehicle accident claim. While an injury sustained in an automobile accident where the other was at fault would be a personal injury claim, there are numerous other matters that also fall under that heading.

A personal injury attorney / lawyer handles matters exactly where there has been a personal injury, either physical or emotional, which was triggered by the negligence of another. If there was no negligence then there’s no situation. There must be negligence, regardless of whether intentional or unintentional, on the part of another, for a claim to be valid. In other words, you would have trouble making a situation against your landlord, where you spilled water on your kitchen floor and then slipped and fell because of the water. Nevertheless, if the landlord had failed to fix the plumbing under your sink and the water was on the floor because of leaky plumbing then you may, I say might, have a situation. There are other variables that could come into play and you would have to seek the advice of a good personal injury attorney, so that you can determine your rights.

There are numerous matters other than car accident matters that can many times be included under personal injury, IE: slips and falls, workplace accidents (after a workplace accident you might be insured under workers compensation or disability but you might also have a personal injury claim), injuries triggered during a storm or power outage, airplane, bus and train crashes, construction accidents, fires, food poisoning, drug or vitamin overdoses, animal bites, getting beat up, robbed or otherwise injured inside or outside of a company, medical malpractice and even malpractice by an lawyer.

You will find numerous variables that may come into play in pinpointing negligence and many times you may believe that there was no negligence on the part of anybody when there actually was. I, myself, know of a situation exactly where a party was struck by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle and injured seriously. He settled with the driver and also the driver’s insurance company for the $100,000.00 maximum of the driver’s insurance policy. This negotiation did not even begin to insure his medical bills. Some time later, a personal injury attorney, while speaking with a member of the injured party’s family, discovered about the situation and was asked to look into it for the family. The injured party was broke and paralyzed. The attorney did some checking and then agreed that, even though the man had accepted the settlement, there might still be a situation. He then hired my detective agency and another to do further research. Finally, he filed a law suit against the car driver, the drivers insurance company, the motorcycle manufacturer and others. I won’t go into the whole case, but be enough it to say that he went to trial and wound up obtaining a verdict against several of the parties, such as the drivers insurance company and also the motorcycle manufacturer, for several million dollars and the injured party is no longer broke. I may add that the attorney took the case on contingency and advanced, out of his own pocket, all of the expenses including court costs and investigation fees.

The point of the foregoing is that if you have been injured, you should seek the advice of a competent personal injury attorney even if you don’t think that there’s anyone at fault. Only a good experienced personal injury attorney can test to make that determination.

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Orem, Martha "Getting A Personal Injury Attorney?." Getting A Personal Injury Attorney?. 1 Jul. 2010. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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Orem, M (2010, July 1). Getting A Personal Injury Attorney?. Retrieved August 3, 2014, from

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Orem, Martha "Getting A Personal Injury Attorney?"

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