Personal Injury Law
One of the services offered at the law offices of Bradley J Abbas PLLC, is personal injury law. Personal injury law involves cases where someone has been harmed physically or mentally by the wrongful act of someone else. These acts may have been caused by the specific actions or negligent behavior of the other party.
A personal injury claim is filed when an individual who has been harmed wants to be compensated from the person, business or government who wronged them. These claims can take a variety of forms. Negligence claims occur when the wrongdoer was careless in some way. Premises liability often deals with situations on property where people may slip or trip because the property was not properly maintained. Professional malpractice happens when a professional such as a doctor, lawyer, or accountant has been careless. Products liability cases deal with products which have caused harm because they are defective in some way. Worker’s compensation claims are filed when an injury or death happens at the workplace.
There are three basic ways to settle personal injury disputes.
- Lawsuit – A formal personal injury case typically starts when a private individual (the “plaintiff”) files a civil “complaint” against another person, business, corporation, or government agency (the “defendant”), alleging that they acted carelessly or irresponsibly in connection with an accident or injury that caused harm. This action is known as “filing a lawsuit”.
- Informal Settlement – In reality, most disputes over fault for an accident or injury are resolved through informal early settlement, usually among those personally involved in the dispute, their insurers, and attorneys representing both sides. A settlement commonly takes the form of negotiation, followed by a written agreement in which both sides forgo any further action (such as a lawsuit), choosing instead to resolve the matter through payment of an agreeable amount of money or other compensation.
- Alternative dispute resolution – When the parties have not been able to settle informally but would still like to avoid court proceedings, alternative dispute resolution can be an option. Typically a third party is brought in to help facilitate an agreement. Examples of this include mediation and arbitration. This is seen as a middle ground between a lawsuit and an informal settlement.
Our staff has many years of experience in dealing with personal injury cases. If you believe you have a claim, we would be glad to discuss what options may be best for you.