Personal Injury Law 101

When it's time to fight for your rights.
Personal injury law is designed to protect victims harmed by the action or inaction of another person or an entity, such as a company.

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.

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