Personal Injury Law is often viewed as the practice of determining liability and claiming damages from a catastrophic auto accident. In truth, personal injury covers a broad spectrum of situations where someone’s injury or death was the result of negligence, strict liability, or intentional wrong. This includes, but is not limited to:
Negligence is the basis of liability for most personal injury lawsuits. It is a breach of duty, such as not exercising reasonable care in operating heavy machinery or not maintaining property. When that breach of duty, aka negligence, causes injury, law allows the injured to recoup their losses.
A growing area of Personal Injury Law, Strict Liability holds manufacturers liable for injuries or deaths caused by defective products. In these cases, it is argued that the product in question possessed a design that was unsafe when used as directed.
Not necessarily. Many cases are settled without filing a lawsuit. Settlement is often desired by both parties since litigation is often lengthy (1–3 years) and expensive. For average cases, the time for settlement is generally between 3–6 months.
Clear, honest attorney-client communication is key. An attorney cannot make a solid case for compensation without all of the facts. Keeping your attorney updated with your current address, phone number, email, etc. is essential. When leaving messages, be detailed. This way your attorney can be prepared with essential information when they call you back.
Document everything. As the saying among attorneys goes, “If it ain’t in writing, it didn’t happen.” This includes, but is not limited to:
If you find yourself asking this question, you may already need legal representation. We at the Harrison Law Firm are happy to discuss your circumstances and help you determine the best course of action. Call us at (281) 491-1300 or contact us to schedule a consultation.
Larry W. Harrison
Attorney at Law
Board Certified since 1988.