When individuals present a personal injury case, they are often suffering from injuries that have lead to disruption to their jobs and personal lives, because of a damaging event that was not their fault.
If you have been injured, the individuals who caused your injuries (and their insurance companies) can be unsympathetic and even disrespectful. Sometimes, they are trying to ensure that you do not know the true value of your personal injury case.
You need to consult a Columbia personal injury attorney to stand with you to protect your rights as you seek a fair amount to compensate you for your injuries. An experienced lawyer can evaluate whether you have a strong case, gather evidence, and confront your opponents on your behalf.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
- Car Accidents
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
- Caregiver Negligence (including care given to children, seniors, and the disabled)
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Injuries
- Product Liability (injury that results from a defective product)
- Accidents occurring while patronizing a place of business
- Injuries resulting from criminal activity
Beginning a Case
When representing a client who has been injured, a Columbia personal injury lawyer’s first steps are to file important paperwork and to begin their investigation. Their investigation might involve computer research related to those who injured their client, and it might also involve sending someone to investigate the scene of the incident.
Once they have gathered the necessary information, they will negotiate aggressively on their client’s behalf so that those who harmed them, will pay for the damage they caused. In some cases, a lawsuit will return the best result for someone’s personal injury case.
Examples of Losses to Recover
- Physical Injury
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Lost Wages
- Punitive Damages
Many clients suffer far beyond the initial pain of an injury. In addition to the excruciating physical pain because of a personal injury, it can also result in trauma, anxiety, and insomnia. Some clients seek counseling to help them through the trauma of personal injury – what they felt and saw. A Columbia personal injury attorney will help clients receive compensation for these physical and emotional damages.
Some clients have missed days of work or even lost their jobs entirely as a result of their injuries. They will help clients recover wages and future earning potential that might be lost. Some Columbia personal injury cases involve particularly reckless or malicious behavior on the part of the person or entity causing the injury, and in those cases, we seek punitive damages.
Punitive damages can send a message to people and corporations to change their harmful behavior and can encourage positive social change. For example, some corporations have failed to take needed safety measures with their products just to save money.
In these cases, punitive damages help create a safer environment by ensuring that these corporations have a financial incentive to protect their customers.
Working with a Personal Injury Attorney
Right now, you might be suffering because of the careless and perhaps cruel behavior of someone else. You might have many questions and concerns about what happened to you and feel confused about how to proceed. You need a Columbia personal injury attorney on your side, who can evaluate your case and stand up for your rights.