Accidents are a normal part of life, but that does not detract from the pain and heartache that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when you or that loved one suffers harm from an accident or injury that someone else may be legally responsible for.
A personal injury case can become formalized through a personal injury attorney representing you at a civil court proceeding. The likely two outcomes of a case, such as needing medical treatment for a car accident or an injury from property damage, are below:
Formal Lawsuit – A personal injury case typically starts when a private individual files a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency, alleging that they acted carelessly or irresponsibly in connection with an accident or injury that caused harm. This action is known as “filing a lawsuit”.
Informal Settlement – Most disputes over fault for an accident or injury are resolved through informal early settlement, usually among those personally involved in the dispute, their insurers, and attorneys representing both sides. A settlement commonly takes the form of negotiation, followed by a written agreement in which both sides forgo any further action choosing instead to resolve the matter through payment of an agreeable amount of money.
At Hillyard, Anderson, & Olsen, we see a wide variety of personal injury cases. If you have any questions concerning a personal injury, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call. We’re dedicated to our clients and cases as your local law firm.