Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Posted On September 18, 2019
Author: Gordon McKernan
Q: What is personal injury?
A: Personal injury applies when someone suffers from any form of physical or mental harm due to the negligence of another person.
Personal injury can result from the following events:
- Car Accidents
- Big Truck Wrecks
- Use of a Defective Product
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Maritime & Offshore Accidents
- Work Accidents & Injuries
- And more
Q: What is a personal injury case worth?
A: If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to determine how much your case is worth without digging deeper into the factors that directly affect how much your potential claim is worth.
These factors include:
- The type and severity of the injury
- The effects the injury had on your life
- Your out of pocket costs so far and future costs
- Your age, health, and income at the time of injury
- Whether or not you’re able to work
- The type and amount of insurance available to pay your damages, which typically includes medical bills, any lost wages and pain, and suffering.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
A: Most personal injury law firms operate on a contingency fee basis. This means, in most cases, the client pays nothing upfront. The firm only collects fees for their services out of a settlement or award received by the client. Typically the amount the attorney receives for their services is a percentage of the client’s total settlement or award recovery. If there isn’t a recovery it doesn’t cost the client.
Q: How long does a personal injury case take?
A: The duration of the case depends on the specifics of your case. There are cases that can last just weeks and there are also cases that last a year or longer. Usually the more severe the injuries and complicated the accident, the longer a case will take to completely resolve.
It’s always important to remember that with every personal injury claim, you have a specified amount of time to file a claim. Make sure to look at your state’s statutes to find out the time-frame you have.
Q: Do I have to show up in court if I hire a personal injury attorney?
A: Not always. A lot of personal injury matters settle before there is a trial.
Although in some cases, the client may have to sit for a deposition. A deposition involves a witness being asked questions about the case under oath. This holds 2 purposes: To figure out what the witness knows and to preserve the witness’ testimony.
There is also the option to choose an alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, which is a negotiation facilitated by a neutral third party. Mediation is generally a more short-term, structured, and hands-on process. Disputing parties, through mediation are able to work with the neutral third party to resolve their disputes.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident that has resulted in personal injury, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys is here to help. Our office handles cases related to car wrecks, truck accidents, work injuries, offshore accidents, defective products, wrongful death, and more. With over 300+ years of combined experience, the dedicated lawyers at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys can be trusted to handle your case professionally and effectively. Our lawyers and staff at our local offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Gonzales, Denham Springs, Zachary, Hammond, Lake Charles, and Monroe are available 24/7 to take your call. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Gordon McKernan graduated with his law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1992. Shortly thereafter, he joined McKernan Law Firm and has been practicing law ever since. He is the owner of the firm, and his primary area of practice is representing ‘ordinary people’ who have been injured because of another’s disregard.