Auto Injury

Auto injuries are injuries caused by an accident involving some sort of motor vehicle. Claims regarding injuries acquired through road accidents make up the largest number of personal injury claims. You can file a claim whether you were a driver, passenger, or a pedestrian somehow harmed by someone else's negligence. The types of claims you can make include: claims against uninsured drivers; claims for serious injuries and medical expenses caused by the accident; claims for a loss of income; and claims for defective vehicles.

A personal injury lawyer or a lawyer specializing in auto injuries can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and can help you sue for all losses including medical expenses, loss of earnings, and harm (physical and metal) caused by the accident. These sorts of lawyers can be particularly helpful in cases where the person at fault isn't insured and can't pay for damages.

Statute of Limitations

Of course, you must file a legal suit within the established time frame. Deadlines are rarely negotiable and very few grace periods are ever afforded. Each particular state has its own guidelines that determine the maximum amount of time that may pass between the date of the injury and the date that your case is filed. If a minor was injured in the accident, he or she has until his or her eighteenth birthday in addition to the normal established statutory limit to file a lawsuit. Separate time limits are applicable if an injury occurred on a city bus or if the accident involved a government-owned vehicle in any way. In these and other similar cases, the time limits are very short.

A simple way to figure out what all the rules and regulations are as to when to file a claim and how much time you have to sue is to contact an appropriate personal/auto injury lawyer in your state. Because of the limits on time, it's important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you think that you may be able to file a claim. Many lawyers and firms offer free consultation services. In such cases, you don't have to pay to have a lawyer help you determine whether you actually have a case. Some other lawyers and firms offer aid on a contingency basis. This means that you don't have to pay any fees until you receive some sort of compensation from your lawsuit. At that point only, the lawyer or firm will charge you a percentage of your settlement.

Choosing a Lawyer

When looking for a lawyer, ask for recommendations from your friends, family, and colleagues. Make sure to contact various firms in order to compare rates and ask if they charge a flat or hourly rate and if their fees are negotiable. Figure out if the particular lawyer you're interested in has a good amount of experience in the legal field your claim fits in to. Learn how long he or she has been in practice and what his or her record is in recovering damages for clients. Find out how long the case might last. Ask about a contingency fee and any other fees the lawyer may charge and how he or she goes about documenting how much work is done for you. Make sure to get all agreements committed to paper.

By Aadika Singh           

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