According to USLegal.com, Personal Injury Law is law that:
involves injury which is caused accidentally by another’s failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through negligent or reckless action. The injury to the plaintiff must be caused by and be a foreseeable result of the defendant’s action.
“Personal injury” describes not only physical harm but mental harm as well that is caused by someone else’s negligent actions. Personal injury can be caused by auto accidents, hunting accidents, slip and fall cases and medical issues that arise from treatment or surgery, among other things.
The Advantages of Working with a Personal Injury Attorney
As you can see from the definition of “personal injury” above, the liability of another party is determined by whether they exercised “reasonable care”. That’s a rather vague term and as you can imagine is really up to the court to decide what is reasonable. A personal injury attorney will have a better sense of the likelihood of a court determining another party is liable if you are a victim than you will have. He will not only have a history of cases to go by but will have personal experience with the courts and judges and their particular biases and inclinations towards cases like yours. He will not only have a better idea than you if a successful case can be made before the courts in your jurisdiction but will likely already be forming a case in his mind even while meeting with you about your case. His experience will be invaluable in determining if it’s worth your time and effort to even pursue a case in the first place. Quite often an experienced lawyer in personal injury law will see opportunities for favorable compensation that you will not be able to see.
The Famous $2.9 Million McDonald’s Coffee Burn Case
Though it was widely reported as a “frivolous lawsuit” it actually highlights the need to take cases like this to court. Let’s take a closer look and see this through the eyes of an experienced Kennewick personal injury attorney, and see if the plaintiff didn’t have a legitimate case.