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Injury Laws

Personal injury, in cases wherein it can be considered major (well, it can be only minor if you're pretty famous), can be provided as ground for a more specialized case, such as for claims, or even surety.

Injury laws, or in a more 'lawyer-like' term, personal injury laws, refer to the rules handling all types of personal injury claims such as traffic and road accidents, work accidents, home accidents, product defects, and even assaults. It can also incorporate (or used as ground for a defense) certain medical and dental malpractices, or even work practices that may result in an injury, like in cases where you work in an asbestos plant, and you might concur related illnesses.

Now depending on many factors, such as intent and negligence of the responsible party, the affected party may demand financial compensation, with an amount reflecting at least the equivalent of the damages incurred through a settlement.

This is the primary basis of injury law. Take note that personal injury laws are pretty much the same for every state.

How About The Lawyers Handling Them?

Usually, attorneys get hired on a 'contingent fee' basis (although some do want upfront payments). In such cases, the lawyer's fee is an actual percentage of the overall monetary compensation, paid after the case is won. If the case is unsuccessful, then no payment will be done. One advantage of this for the side of the affected party is that you're sure that efforts will be done by your attorney as his fees are hanged on the line. Usually, fees are negotiable and are probably displayed in their offices or sites, like this personal injury lawyer phoenix.

Some states do provide legal aids for this type of case, while others do not.

So How Do These Cases Are Decided?

This question is very vague, as different judges and attorneys have different approach with this matter. To give you an idea however, the damages made by the responsible party are first categorized unto two: (1) general, or (2) special. General damages refer to the 'non-tangible' aspects of the injury, such as trauma, emotional stress, and pain. Special damages on the other hand are the accountable damages, which means the value is measurable. These are hospital and medical care expenses including medications of all sort, property damages, earnings lost during the whole recovery stage and more.

The amount of compensation for a specific case will be decided by the judge based on the severity of the damages done. Basically, the more severe the injury and the longer the recovery time required (including emotional traumas and other general type injuries), the higher is the compensation. Permanent injuries, like broken bones, severed limbs, and cerebrospinal damages concur the highest injury settlements.

Take note that for specific states or countries, there are time limits for a personal injury claim, like a claim must be filed in a court not later than three years after the injury happened.

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