One of the most famous personal injury cases was depicted in the film "Erin Brockovich." The real Erin Brockovich led an investigation proving that generations of people in a California community had been harmed by exposure to a toxic chemical. The investigation resulted in the largest settlement of its kind.
Before visions of huge settlements cloud your judgment, be careful: You'll likely find more sites claiming to help on this segment of law than on any other.
Claims that call for a reputable lawyer's help include:
- Accidents that result in severe, long-term or permanently disabling injuries
- Medical malpractice cases
- Accidents involving exposure to toxic materials
- When an insurance company is refusing to pay for a legitimate injury claim
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Be sure to consult with the attorney prior to payment to ensure that you have a case. A good lawyer should be able to explain your rights. Personal injury attorneys sometimes work on a contingency, meaning they only get paid if you win a settlement, so be sure to ask about payment (including any upfront money you have to put out). As with any lawyer, check their credentials with the American Bar Association.