Helping The People of Wales With Personal Injury Claims
Most personal injury claims arise from an accident caused by the negligence of another party. Medical injury claims, for example, result from the incompetence of a physician or other medical professional, while traffic injury claims involve an automobile accident. A personal injury lawyer represents the victim of such an accident so that he or she does not have to bear the expense alone.
Understanding the Consequences of Personal Injury
Unfortunately, a serious injury involves more than physical pain. Other consequences might include:
- Lost Wages: Injuries often restrict the victim’s ability to fulfill employment duties.
- Medical Bills: The cost of treatment for serious injuries can range from under £1,000 to more than £300,000.
- Physiotherapy Costs: In addition to emergency medical treatment, victims in personal injury claims might also require rehabilitation.
- Loss of Property: An accident might also involve property loss, such as a destroyed vehicle in a car accident.
Personal injury solicitors help victims recover money for the expenses listed above as well as any other costs they might incur. Sometimes, this means taking the dispute to trial, but in many cases the responsible party settles out of court to avoid the added expense. Having a lawyer on your side greatly increases your chances of obtaining a reasonable settlement.
Putting a Monetary Value on an Injury
The potential accident compensation amount varies from one case to the next, but it is difficult to recover what you are owed unless you seek the counsel of an experienced and compassionate Wales solicitor. He or she will review your case, advise you on your options, and help you navigate the complex legal system as you pursue the people or entities responsible for your injuries.
In cases involving personal injury Wales solicitors will interview you at length about your accident. They will want to know as many details as possible, such as:
- Location: Where did the accident happen?
- Witnesses: Did anyone else (particularly a neutral third party) observe the events?
- Diagnosis: What do the medical reports from physicians and emergency personnel conclude?
- Prognosis: Are you expected to heal completely? Are there any long-term ill effects?
- Disabilities: Have you suffered a loss of income, employment, property, or other assets?
Extenuating circumstances can increase the potential damages for a personal injury claim. For instance, Wales courts recognize exemplary or punitive damages for certain cases as well as claims of pain and suffering or emotional distress. Exemplary damages are designed to punish the responsible party, while pain and suffering damages compensate the victim for severe physical and emotional discomfort.
Understanding the Lawyer’s Role in a Personal Injury Case
The responsible party in a personal injury claim might attempt to settle the case immediately after the accident occurs. Unfortunately, victims sometimes sign settlement agreements before they seek the advice of a qualified solicitor.
An experienced lawyer has fought numerous personal injury cases before and is intensely familiar with Wales law. He or she evaluates every aspect of a case and helps clients recover all the compensation to which they are entitled.
A personal injury lawyer is a representative and advocate. It is important to avoid signing any documents or accepting any offers until you have sought the advice of a legal professional. Otherwise, you might unintentionally waive your rights to further compensation.