When an accident happens, your life can turn upside down. And many times, amidst all of the chaos, you may not know where to turn for help. Your first stop (after the hospital of course) should be at your local personal injury attorneys office. A personal injury lawyer is someone who provides legal services to those who have incurred injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. Such hurt can be physical or psychological. Common personal injuries include things such as traffic collisions, slip and fall accidents, and workplace injuries. And when things like these happen, it’s important to have someone by your side who can help you to get the compensation you deserve. That’s where Falcon personal injury attorneys like Doug Allen come into play!
What kinds of Accidents do we help with?
A personal injury is any injury (physical or mental) caused by the negligence of another person. We listed a few of the most common personal injuries above, but here are some other injury types that may qualify for compensation:
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle accidents
While car collisions are the most common type of personal injury, truck and motorcycle collisions are also frequent- and dangerous. Such accidents can cause broken bones, damaged organs, and excessive bleeding. Vehicle collisions can also result in post-traumatic stress, which may require extra psychological care.
Boating and Recreational accidents
Accidents don’t just happen on the roads, they happen on the water too. Boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and other on-water activities can all cause life threatening injuries. Accidents like these are usually caused by defective equipment and impaired driving. In other cases, they can be caused by pure negligence on the operators’ behalf. Falcon personal injury attorneys can help to determine the cause of your injury, and fight to get you compensation for it.
Did you know that guns are the cause of over 15, 000 fatalities each year? In addition, they account for over 115,000 non-fatalities. And while gun related assaults are some of the most common, they are far from the only type. Assaults can also come in the form of other weapons, or simply through the use of hands, fists, or other body parts. And assault isn’t always physical – it can also be verbal and sexual. Depending on the type of assault, this type of personal injury can result in both psychological and physical harm.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur when you slip and fall on another person’s property. Sometimes it is not obvious as to whether such accidents qualify for a personal injury claim. But if you slipped and fell due to an unsafe condition (ex. wet floor, icy sidewalk) you may be able to claim a personal injury. If you’re unsure, the best way to proceed is to contact Falcon personal injury attorneys like Doug Allen. Get in touch and we can tell you what you might be able to claim for, and what you can’t.
Other types of personal injury accidents we deal with:
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Medical Malpractice
- and more!
Why Contact a Personal Injury Attorney?
After an accident, you will probably hear from a variety of insurance companies. And if you are already injured, the last thing you will want to deal with is a bunch of calls from insurance agents. The best thing to do? Direct the agent to speak to your attorney. Once you have hired an attorney, they can take over all communications with insurance companies.
In addition, a personal injury attorney can help you to fill out all forms sent to you by your own insurance company. After claiming an accident, your insurance company will open an accident claim form. You can fill out these forms on your own, but what you say on them could carry forward in your case, so you need to be careful with your words. It is always best practice to have a lawyer review your forms before returning them to the insurance company.
From there, your Falcon personal injury attorneys can help you throughout the process of filing your claims. Not only can they help to determine an appropriate claim amount, but they can also work with doctors, eye-witnesses, physiotherapists, and other people of importance to help build your case. They can also work alongside you to help you negotiate with insurance companies to get you the settlement amount you deserve, which is normally quite a lot more than they offer people who take them on without an attorney.
What damages can you claim?
In law, the word “damage” means “monetary reward”. There are several different types of damages that a person might have entitlement to. These include:
- Compensatory Damages are damages that cover the cost of loss. Ex. Lost income, medical bills, property damage, etc
- General Damages are those awarded for non-monetary losses suffered by the plaintiff. Ex. Mental suffering, loss of consortium
- Punitive Damages are those damages meant to punish the defendant for their negligence or conduct.
Unfortunately, calculating what damages you deserve is not always simple. If you are not trained in law, such a job is best left to a professional attorney.
How much can you claim?
Again, calculating the amount of money that you deserve is not easy. You have to factor in things like medical expenses, property damages, and lost earnings. You also need to factor in loss of future income, future medical expenses, and the level of pain and suffering you have endured. If the defendant is only partially to blame for the accident, special considerations will apply. Again, your best course of action for determining a fair settlement amount should be to contact a personal injury attorney.
Contact us today! Falcon personal injury attorneys like Doug Allen can help you calculate the compensation you deserve – and help you get it! We will guide you through the process of filing – and winning – a claim so that you can focus on healing instead of fighting. Let us fight for you – call us today!