What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is a legal action that can be started to obtain financial compensation for injury or death-related losses that an individual or family incurs based (at least in part) on negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm from another person or a legal entity.
Even if an individual is partially responsible for his or her injury, illness or death, a personal injury lawsuit may be an appropriate and successful step to take. When another person or entity (such as a business or government entity; e.g., a city) is negligent or reckless, that defendant may be held liable for the damages caused. This means that the defendant (or an insurance company that provided coverage for the defendant) will have to pay for costs incurred by the injured person or the family of someone killed.
Of course, every personal injury case has its own unique circumstances. An attorney or law firm that handles personal injury and wrongful death cases has the knowledge and experience to effectively represent the injured (or his/her survivors), protecting their rights for compensation under state or federal law. Such legal counsel will also help bring about a negotiated settlement or a litigated court award for the claimant.
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