Many people simply do not realise that under certain circumstances, personal injuries that have been sustained as a result of the actions of others, no matter whether it was deliberate or unintentional, may be eligible to receive compensation under various personal injury laws and associated work cover legislation.
However, even though many of these injuries are serious and result in long term physical and psychological trauma to the victim as well as lost income, it isn’t assured beyond all doubt that compensation will automatically be awarded.
In order to make sure the victim receives the best possible chance of receiving at least some level of compensation, it is highly recommended that they engage the services of a personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury lawyers are lawyers who specialise in dealing with aspects of the law involving compensation claims. They are usually engaged soon after an accident and will focus their initial efforts on establishing the circumstances surrounding the accident and make an informed opinion on the levels of responsibility and liability of the parties involved.
After this initial assessment, the personal injury lawyer will provide the victim (or claimant) with a recommendation as to the likely result and amount of compensation should the case proceed to court. Assuming the decision is made to take the compensation claim to court, the personal injury lawyer will defend the victim’s rights in court and attempt to achieve the most reasonable amount of compensation award possible.
In the majority of cases, it is inadvisable for the victim to proceed to court without a lawyer as insurance companies are in most cases the defending party, and as is usual with large corporations, have large legal budgets. Aside from the financial implications of attempting to ‘go it alone’, the other thing to remember is that personal injury or compensation law is extremely complex and unless the victim is training in this particular field of law, will undoubtedly become overwhelmed with the legalities involved in the case, and ultimately, will lose the court case.
Due to the nature of the complexities of compensation law, personal injury lawyers normally charge higher fees than most other types of lawyers. One of the benefits of this is that settlements won due to the actions of an experienced lawyer will almost always exceed those won by the actions of an inexperienced victim who has represented themselves in court.
The general maxim of compensation law is that if a victim has sustained a personal injury due to the actions of a third party, whether deliberate or not, then that victim is usually eligible to receive some form of compensation for those injuries.
However, there are some caveats to this general rule.
The more common forms of personal injuries that can be awarded compensation are things like:
As mentioned previously, to get the best possible result from a personal injury lawsuit, it is highly recommended that victims engage the services of an experienced and competent personal injury lawyer. But how do you find a good lawyer that you can trust and that has your best interests to heart?
1. Personal recommendations
Start making enquiries with family members and work colleagues. It normally won’t take too long to find someone who knows of a reputable personal injury lawyer that comes recommended as a result of previous court cases. This is most often the best way to find a lawyer.
2. Engage a local law firm
Most local law firms will have someone they can recommend either from within their firm, or that is employed by another. Word of mouth within the industry is also a great way to find a good personal injury lawyer with a good track record of successful compensation claims.
3. Dedicated Personal Injury Lawyer referral websites
There are many dedicated personal injury lawyer online referral websites and other online resources that specialise in providing detailed and informative information about personal injury and that also have reviews of excellent personal injury lawyers. Just pick a website that has a focus in your particular region or country.
4. Search online personal injury lawyer websites
Practically every good personal injury lawyer will have their own website listing their services and evidence of their previous performance and experience. Just google ‘personal injury lawyers brisbane’ and scan through the search results. Check out the websites paying particular note of the quality and amount of testimonials from previous clients. If possible, contact some of these clients and try to get a first-hand testimonial.