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Personal Injury FAQ in Farmington Hills

Victims of an accident are often going through a physically and emotionally painful experience. The last thing they need to worry about is a complex legal issue, which is why I am here to help. With experience as a Detroit personal injury attorney for over two decades, I have been able to assist clients in many different types of situations. Here are some answers to common questions related to personal injury that people often want to know. My firm is committed to standing by our clients through everything, which is why I have made myself available at any time of day or night.

Answers from a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer

What is a personal injury case?
Those who were injured because of another person or entity may make a personal injury claim to get payment for damages. Personal injury cases can include car accidents, premises liability, slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, and many more. In the event that you have lost a loved one due to another's negligence, this would be considered a wrongful death claim, rather than personal injury. Contact a member of our firm to see if you have a personal injury claim or speak with a Farmington Hills wrongful death lawyer right away if you are suffering the loss of a relative, spouse or other family member.

Do I need an attorney?
A personal injury attorney can generally help the injured obtain more compensation. Since a lawyer has dealt with personal injury cases, he or she can help guide you through the complicated claims process. Insurance companies are looking for every way out of paying your rightful compensation so a lawyer will be able to protect you by filing a strong claim or disputing an unfair offer.

What is my case worth?
Unfortunately, there is not one specific formula that can tell you how much your case is worth. Generally speaking, cases that involve serious injuries are worth more. The insurance companies will determine your compensation by medical bills, lost wages, the nature of the injury, property damages, and emotional trauma. All these factors cause each case to be very different. A personal injury attorney at Abrahams Law can help you figure out how much compensation you should be asking for. Insurance companies often try to settle at a lower amount than you deserve, so make sure to get assistance in filing your claim.

Is there a time limit to filing my claim?
According to Michigan State law, an injured person has a limited time to file a claim, which is called a statute of limitations. For general personal injury cases that involve negligence, the limit is three years. For specialized cases, however, the time limit may be different. For example, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is two years, while fraud is three years. To make sure that you have enough time to file a claim for your specific case, talk to an attorney.

If I slip and fall on somebody else's property, can I recover my damages?
In order to get compensation for a fall on someone else's property, you must prove that the individual or his or her employee was negligent. The owner of any property has a legal responsibility to ensure that it is safe for the public. As the victim, you must show that the owner knew about the hazard and did not do anything about it or that the owner or employee actually caused the hazard. A victim could also get compensation if they show the owner was not reasonable in taking care of the property. "Reasonableness" might be determined by the regularity and thoroughness of an inspection or the goal of the hazard's location. For more information on how you can successfully obtain compensation from the negligent party, talk to a slip and fall lawyer from our firm.

What is the difference between compensatory and punitive damages?
Compensatory damages are meant to help victims get payment from the negligent party. This type of damage usually covers bodily and property damage, lost wages, as well as emotional pain and suffering. Persons who recover under this type of damage should ideally be put back into a similar position as they were before the injury occurred. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are a payment that is supposed to punish the negligent party for their offense. This type of damage was supposed to discourage the defendant from ever committing the same type of offense. Punitive damages are usually pursued when the person acted with extreme negligence.

Understanding How My Injury Firm Can Help You

If you have any additional questions about your personal injury claim, then I have made myself available at any time to answer them. With over 20 years of experience, you can trust that I am more than competent to advise you on the best course of action. To affirm my legal knowledge, the prestigious lawyer directory, Martindale-Hubbell® has given me an AV® rating, which is the highest rating a lawyer can attain. Make an appointment for your consultation before it's too late and call my Farmington Hills office today to learn more!

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