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PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

Your body is your greatest asset. It allows you to work to support your family, enjoy precious moments with loved ones, and go on relaxing and adventurous vacations. When your body doesn’t work right, you are deprived of the best things that life has to offer. When an accident or preventable injury takes these things from you, it can be especially devastating and can truly derail your entire life. Unfortunately, injuries from negligence, accidents, and medical malpractice happen every single day. If you have been a victim of one such injury, it is important to seek legal help. Though in some cases, you may not be able to recover your mobility or lifestyle, you can at least hold the responsible party accountable for the damage they caused. They already took your body from you, don’t let them take your finances too.

WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?

Many people have heard about personal injury attorneys but have never had a reason to understand what we do. However, we can provide immense relief if you ever find yourself injured at someone else’s hands. As personal injury lawyers, we help you to seek legal settlements after an injury. This may mean suing an establishment for neglecting their premises, bringing a doctor to court for medical malpractice, helping you to get the maximum payout from insurance claims after a collision, or other legal steps that help you to seek financial reparations. Though we cannot undo what has been done to you, we can help you to financially recover and ensure that you are not held responsible for something that was not your fault.

TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURIES

Most people inherently understand that there are thousands of ways to get hurt. Though most of us avoid injuries if we can, they still do happen. In a legal sense, injuries that occur because of someone else’s bad behavior, negligence, or recklessness fall under the personal injury umbrella. Because this encompasses so many types of accidents, it can be helpful to understand some of the subcategories of personal injury cases so that you can better understand the field as a whole.

Premises Liability

Those who suffer an injury on someone else’s property are likely facing a premises liability case. These cases can occur anywhere. All property owners, both commercial and private, have the responsibility to keep their premises safe by following certain guidelines. These guidelines encompass a wide range of safety measures, such as installing proper handrails on stairs, cleaning spills and messes promptly and informing guests of any hazard, and keeping dogs from biting guests, to name a few. If a property owner fails to follow safety guidelines and someone gets hurt, they are liable for the damages incurred. You should not have to pay your own medical bills because a property manager failed to properly clean a spill or repair a handrail, and our team at Kreeger Law Firm can help you ensure that.

Product Liability

The United States has certain safety guidelines in place for products. Occasionally, a product is defective and does not meet safety standards. If a defective product causes an injury, you can seek financial compensation from the manufacturer. Again, you should not be held financially responsible if a product does not work the way it is legally supposed to and an injury results. These defects can occur on products of all kinds, ranging from automobiles to makeup to power tools.

Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries that can occur. This type of accident often causes permanent damage and can leave an entire family buried under medical bills. What’s worse, the victim is often unable to work as they used to, and this can cause further permanent damage to a family’s financial situation. Brain injuries cannot be left without compensation, and a personal injury attorney can help you to ensure that you are taken care of.

Birth Injuries

Giving birth should be a meaningful and beautiful time in a family. Unfortunately, birth injuries frequently occur, sullying the experience and potentially causing permanent damage to mother and/or child. Some common birth injuries include:

  • Facial paralysis
  • Fractures
  • Caput Succedaneum
  • Brachial Palsy
  • Bruising
  • Forceps Marks

While some birth injuries are unavoidable, others are caused by medical professionals during the labor and delivery process. Because medical professionals are sworn to keep patients safe during care procedures when they cause injuries, it can be especially jarring. What’s more, they will likely try to charge you for care that results from their mistakes. To protect your family and your baby, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney to ensure that you are properly compensated.

Construction Accidents

One of the most dangerous yet vital jobs is that of a construction worker. These individuals risk their lives every day when they go to work, performing tasks that keep our communities growing. There are strict safety rules in place to protect these workers, and if someone fails to follow them, they present a great risk to their coworkers. Injuries that happen on construction sites are often the product of negligence or someone not following the rules. When this happens, you should not be responsible for the financial aftermath of your injuries. A personal injury attorney can help to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Car Accidents

Thousands of car accidents occur every year. In some situations, it is no one’s fault and simply the result of the circumstances. Other times, however, the responsibility is clearly on someone else’s shoulders. Either way, if you are injured in a car accident, an insurance company should be held responsible for paying. However, all insurance companies do everything that they can to avoid paying. This means that, without a personal injury attorney, you are responsible for damages. These bills, both mechanical and medical, can be astronomical and can financially cripple your family for decades. Our team at Kreeger Law Firm can represent you in any of the following automobile accident categories:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Uber/Lyft Rideshare accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

If you are injured in any of the above, we can help to ensure that you don’t have to take financial responsibility.

Dog Bites

Dog owners are responsible for keeping their canines in line. This means leashing them in public, ensuring that they don’t jump, and keeping them from biting. Dog bites can be extremely harmful and can require stitches and even surgery. What’s more, many people who are bitten by a dog suffer from PTSD after the accident and find it difficult to be around dogs. Because these bites can be so harmful, they are eligible for personal injury claims. It is important to note that most dog bites fall under the personal injury category. There are only two situations in which a dog bite victim is responsible for their own injuries and ineligible for a personal injury case:

  1. If the victim provoked the dog.
  2. If the victim was unlawfully on a property when bitten, i.e., trespassing on private property.

WHAT KIND OF CASES DO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS HANDLE?

Personal injury attorneys handle all of the above types of cases and more. Though the above subcategories are the most common, any situation in which you are injured due to negligence or a broken law is worth consulting with our Elk Grove personal injury attorneys to ensure that you get properly compensated for your injuries.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?

It’s important to remember that hiring an attorney is just that, hiring. For this reason, it’s best to treat the process as if you are hiring an employee at a company. These are some topics you should be sure that you know about:

  • Their history and experience in your specific injury. It is often not enough to simply have experience in personal injury law, so look for someone who has experience in dog bites, brain injuries, etc.
  • The results of their cases. If they have experience in your injury but have never won a case, that does not bode well for you.
  • Ask for referrals. There is nothing wrong with wanting to cross-reference the attorney’s reputation with past clients and even other attorneys in the area. Most attorneys can give you references to satisfied clients with whom you can converse before committing.
  • Do you get a good impression of them? Follow your gut. If you don’t feel comfortable around them, it is going to be difficult to work openly and honestly with them.
  • Be sure that they only work for injured parties, not for insurance companies. Some personal injury attorneys try to represent both insurance providers and those harmed by them. This shows a lack of moral fortitude and implies that they do not have your best interests at heart. At Kreeger Law Firm, we only represent people, not insurance companies.

If your personal injury attorney has a good record in your specific injury, and they make you feel comfortable and confident, they are likely a good match.

ARE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS WORTH IT?

Many people wonder if hiring an attorney for an accident is worth it, and we are here to confirm that it is. During personal injury cases, you’ll most likely need to work with the insurance company that works for the person or business that hurt you. To be blunt, insurance companies use malicious tactics when attempting to avoid paying for damages. They have tactics ranging from overly friendly and pushy phone calls to aggressive harassment. In some cases, they even have you followed by a private investigator. These tactics are intrusive and intimidating and only serve to minimize your payout. By having an attorney, you can avoid these actions and ensure that your payout is the maximum possible amount.

WHAT PERCENTAGE DO ACCIDENT LAWYERS TAKE?

Many people are interested in what cut your attorney will take from your settlement. There is no one answer, but it typically ranges anywhere from 25-40%. Payment is a great thing to discuss during the hiring process. Every firm has a different policy, and the factors of your individual case will likely play into the final payout.

CAN A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER DROP YOUR CASE?

The short answer is yes. Each situation is different, and occasionally attorneys drop a case for one reason or another. If this happens, they will inform both you and the courts that they have dropped your case. In some situations, the court can order them to continue representing you. If you are concerned, ask your attorney during the interview process under what circumstances they would drop a case. You can get a good sense of security from their answers.

HOW DO LAWYERS CHOOSE PERSONAL INJURY?

Most personal injury attorneys get into the field because of a desire to help people who have experienced tragedies. As far as accepting individual cases, their reasoning for taking on some clients and not others varies from attorney to attorney. Some are focused on a personal injury category that does not fit your case, whereas others have a high caseload already. Sometimes there is a conflict of interest, or the attorney has personal reasons for not wanting to take you on. In some situations, too much time has passed and suing is not possible, or you are not likely to win. If you get rejected by an attorney, try not to take it personally. There are many different reasons a lawyer may not be able to take you on.

CONTACT KREEGER LAW FIRM

At Kreeger Law Firm, we are passionate about helping our clients financially recover from traumatic personal injuries. We have seen time and again how devastating injuries can be, and we take pride in protecting families from financial burdens after an accident. We are compassionate toward our clients and ruthless in the courtroom, and we work tirelessly to get you what you deserve. With decades of relevant experience in the personal injury field, we have an accident attorney who can help you rebuild your life and move on from your injury. To learn more or to request a meeting, contact us via our website today.