Each and every year hundreds of thousands of Americans are involved in a work injury, a slip and fall in a public place, a car collision with resulting injuries, medical malpractice injuries or injuries which result from a dangerous drug or a clearly defective medical product or device. Most of us are completely unfamiliar with the legal system as well as woefully unprepared for the amount of paperwork required and deadlines which must be met when a personal injury lawsuit is filed.
There are statutes of limitations which must be taken into consideration, evidence to be gathered, expert witnesses to consult, insurance companies to deal with—the list goes on and on. For a person who has been injured and is doing their very best to heal body and spirit and carry on with their day-to-day life, these tasks can be truly overwhelming.
The Additional Stresses of a Catastrophic Injury
In the case of a catastrophic injury, the emotional, physical and financial aftermath can be especially devastating. Catastrophic injuries are generally considered to be accidents which will require multiple surgical procedures, a high level of constant supervision and ongoing rehabilitation and assistance for the remainder of the victim’s life. Severe burn injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, neck injuries, serious injury to internal organs and paraplegia or quadriplegia are all considered catastrophic injuries. The victims of catastrophic injuries may never regain the ability to work, therefore may be unable to provide support to a family or even to support themselves.
Even such simple tasks as bathing, eating and dressing may require assistance and, in most cases of catastrophic injury, there is a huge loss of enjoyment of life. Victims of catastrophic injuries—like all injury victims—have a narrow window of opportunity to seek recovery for their injuries. Insurance companies will likely try to settle quickly before it is determined how many years the victim will require medical care and assistance. A personal injury attorney from Pershing Square Law Firm has the tenacity and commitment necessary to ensure those victims of catastrophic injuries receive the compensation they need and deserve.
Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you want to avoid feeling vulnerable, frustrated, anxious and scared following an accident with injuries, then the answer to the question of whether you need a personal injury attorney is a resounding “yes.” Dedicated personal injury attorneys—such as those from the Pershing Square Law Firm—make it a priority to protect your rights. We allow you to turn the burden you are laboring under over to a trusted, experienced attorney who fights zealously for your rights and your future. According to several studies, plaintiffs who choose to hire a personal injury attorney following their accident with injury are likely to get from two to three times the settlement amount as those who attempt to handle the case on their own. The simple act of retaining a personal injury attorney tells insurance companies that you mean business and that you have a skilled advocate in your corner. Once all legal fees are deducted from your settlement, it is highly likely you will receive considerably more than what the insurance company originally offered.
The Frustrations Involved in Dealing with Insurance Companies
Of course most of us have seen the warm and fuzzy insurance commercials on television which imply that, in the event of an accident, a representative will be by our side immediately with only our best interests at heart. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are primarily interested in their financial bottom line and that a television commercial is nothing more than advertising to bring in customers who will pay a monthly premium—and likely never make a claim. In the end, every person who attempts to get a fair settlement from an insurance company without benefit of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney by their side is only adding to the end-of-year profits the insurance company will enjoy.
Are You Eligible for a Personal Injury Claim?
Broadly speaking, if the actions of the person who caused your accident were either negligent or careless, then it is likely you are entitled to file a personal injury claim. Carelessness or negligence occurs when a person fails to do what a normal, reasonable person would have done under the same circumstances. In other words, a reasonable person understands that it is imprudent to attempt to speed through a red light, hoping to miss other cars. If a person engages in an activity such as speeding through a red light, then this definitely falls under negligent or careless behavior. Not all personal injury claims involve a physical injury—some personal injury cases are warranted when a person has been subjected to extreme emotional distress or verbal abuse.
Types of Injuries Which Require a Personal Injury Attorney
There are many situations in which a personal injury attorney can greatly benefit the victim however there are certain accidents which absolutely require the services of a dedicated personal injury attorney. Some of those situations include:
Industrial accidents, oil rig explosions or fires. There can be a variety of defendants in such accidents and the injuries can be devastating.
Medical malpractice injuries such as birth injuries or other injuries received in a hospital as a direct result of negligence require a personal injury attorney to take on a hospital or doctor who is likely protected by a veritable army of their own attorneys.
Construction site accident injuries can also lead to more than a single defendant and the injuries are likely to be severe or fatal.
Defective product injuries—such as defective brakes or tires on a vehicle—should always be referred to a personal injury attorney due to the complexities involved.
Defective medical devices or dangerous drugs are the same as defective product injuries—complex with multiple defendants. Definitely hire a personal injury attorney.
Any life-changing, catastrophic injury received from a major accident which was due to the negligence of a person or entity will benefit from a personal injury attorney.
Nursing home injuries to the elderly can be difficult to prosecute; if your loved one was injured in a nursing home due to the negligence or inattention of a worker or health care provider, you need the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
Any auto accident injuries which caused serious injury and were directly tied to the carelessness of another deserve a personal injury attorney’s skill and compassion.
Call Pershing Square Law Firm for Exemplary Attention to Your Case
The attorneys at Pershing Square Law Firm have the experience, skill, knowledge and background to successfully pursue personal injury claims for their clients. We are cognizant of all the pertinent California laws and statutes of limitations involved in personal injury cases and will work hard to protect your legal rights while proving the defendant in your case breached his or her responsibility to act in a conscientious manner. Our goal is to ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries and we will work hard to meet that goal. Click here to get started.
Whether you have been involved in a “normal” accident with injuries or a truly catastrophic accident which will affect your life and the lives of your loved ones for years to come, it could benefit you to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Of course most people have heard the jokes about personal injury attorneys, but the truth is the vast majority of attorneys in this field work hard for their clients with a goal of ensuring victims are properly compensated for the negligence of another.