Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.

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What is Personal Injury Law? What can a Personal Injury lawyer do for me?

Personal injury law can be defined as follows: “Physical injury inflicted on a person’s body, as opposed to damage to property or reputation.”

Accidents resulting in serious bodily injury happen often due to the negligence of others. Be it a business owner or a healthcare professional, their negligent behavior can result in a direct risk to your safety (and at times even your life). Personal injury cases can become “formal lawsuits” when legal counsel is retained, and civil court proceedings determine the opposing party is legally at-fault through a judgement made against them or, more commonly, a legal dispute that is resolved through a settlement. A settlement would occur before any lawsuit is filed and is preferable in many cases.

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What kind of accident cases does a Personal Injury lawyer litigate?

Personal Injury lawyers litigate every kind of accident claim including but not limited to: car accidents, slip and fall accidents, elder abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, burn accidents, work-related accidents, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, medical malpractice, medical misdiagnosis, malpractice insurance claims, surgical errors, drowning accidents, boating accidents, cruise line accidents, hotel and travel liability accidents, sexual assaults, negligent security, and wrongful deaths. It's important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney in the event you become injured to fully understand what may entitle you to compensation.

What is "Board Certified" and why is it necessary?

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers began their careers as entry level associates with goals of becoming senior partners from the day they were accepted to law school. That's because Board Certified doesn't come with the law degree. Board Certified comes from extra hours put in and attention to detail and the determination to achieve the best for each and every client. The Board Certified difference is that while there are many Personal Injury law firms out there, not all of them see clients as more than a case number. A Board Certified Civil Trial lawyer will take fewer cases and put more effort into each one, instead of trying to run a factory of hundreds of cases just to get clients out the door with compensation–but not as much as they may have truly deserved.

Actually becoming a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer doesn't happen overnight. The step-by-step process to this distinction was discussed further in Hiring an Attorney 101: The Importance of "Board Certified". 

Personal Injury attorneys see hundreds, if not thousands, of life-changing accidents over the course of their career. A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has the same compassion for the construction worker who lost his leg and the mother who lost her child in the swimming pool ten years into their career as they did the first time they were retained for similar cases is the kind of attorney victims should have on their side.

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What is a Class Action lawsuit?

Class Action was created to simplify a lawsuit when there are multiple "plaintiffs" as opposed to a single plaintiff in the standard Personal Injury lawsuit. The group of plaintiffs named in a Class Action lawsuit are commonly known as a "class" and all of them must allege the same thing: the defendant(s) were the cause of irreparable harm caused to them or their loved ones.

At the point in which a defendant or defendants settle the Class Action case or they're found to have violated law and lose at trial, every member of the "class" who sustained injury due to the negligence of the defendant(s) is given a set percent of the damages to be distributed. These damages are decided by a judge and reflect the same considerations made in smaller, single-person Personal Injury lawsuits.