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Do You Need a Lawyer for an Injury After a Car Accident?

The reason that the practice of law even exists is because the law can sometimes be murky. Say you were in an auto accident and you have significant damage to your car; but you weren't injured. A personal injury, car accident, or wrongful death case is any type of claim where a person has been injured or killed due to someone else’s carelessness. If the only harm after your car accident is that your car was damaged, then you don’t have a personal injury case – but you may have a property damage case.

So here are two things you need to know about personal injury: 1) if you were in a car accident and you suffered an injury, you might have a personal injury case. 2) HOWEVER, just because you were hurt doesn’t mean you are entitled to money or medical treatment. You must prove that someone else was negligent or careless and that it was their negligence or carelessness that caused your injury. Specifically in a car accident case, you have to prove that the driver who hit you was negligent and this led to your injuries and damages.

Usually this means the other driver did not follow the rules of the road and caused the crash.  Sometimes this is easy to prove, like if the other driver ran a red light and hit you.  But if you have a serious injury that requires hospitalization, surgery, follow up with specialists, rehab, and you're losing money because you can't work, your case is a lot more complicated.  You have to deal with insurance policies, health insurance, liens on any settlement and proving future medical care and damages in order to protect yourself and your family and get compensated for the harm the other driver caused.

So be careful! There are many things that can wreck your car accident case. Even if you have proof that it was someone else’s fault that you were hurt, if you sue the wrong person, you lose. Or, if you wait too long to sue, you lose. Or, if somehow, you were even the slightest bit at fault, you lose.

There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to a personal injury case. Learn more about how to get started with a serious accident case in DC, Maryland, and Virginia by downloading 7 Deadly Sins that will WRECK Your Accident Case or call us today at (202) 393-3320.

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Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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Can a personal injury case be tied with a sexual harassment case? If the victim was both sexually harassed and injured would it be a combined tort case or separated instances? Does a personal injury case only come about by carelessness or negligence? Jen Kirk |
by Jen Kirk March 24, 2014 at 07:51 PM
I recently came across a law firm that specializes in "slip and fall" cases. Would that be personal injury cases or could that tie in with worker's comp? I guess it might depend on where the accident occurs. Elisa Jed |
by Elisa Jed March 7, 2014 at 08:01 PM
In a personal injury case in which the defendant is also being charged for a criminal offense is there any interaction between the civil and criminal lawyers?
by Elisa Jed January 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM
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