Lawyers say that they handle “personal injury cases” or “accident cases” or “wrongful death cases,” but what are these types of cases exactly?
A personal injury, automobile accident, or wrongful death case is any type of claim where a person has been injured or killed due to someone else's carelessness or recklessness. If the only damage in your case is that your car got banged up, then you do not have a personal injury case, although you may have a property damage case. Worthington Law Group does not handle property damage cases, but there are many lawyers who do. If you and your car have suffered an injury, then you have both a personal injury and a property damage claim. Under those circumstances, either your own insurance company or the other driver's insurance company will usually take care of the property damage claim.
If someone's negligence causes a death to another, this is called a “wrongful death” claim. Each state's laws differ significantly regarding what can be recovered financially in a wrongful death case. You need an attorney who understands the specialized wrongful death laws.
Generally, law offices will not take your case if you are already represented by an attorney. Ask your current attorney these important questions. You and your attorney should have a good enough rapport that you should feel comfortable asking your own attorney whatever it is you do not understand about your claim. In addition, your attorney should set aside the time to respond to your questions and return your telephone calls. Even if you are currently represented by counsel, use this blog to increase your understanding and to ask questions.
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