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Personal Injury Law: The Basics

The fact that mishaps are fairly commonplace does not detract from the pain and confusion that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. If you decide to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident or injury, you may have a number of general questions about “personal injury” cases.  What is a “Personal Injury” Case?  “Personal injury” cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed: Formal “Lawsuit” Unlike criminal cases, which are initiated by the government, a formal personal injury case typically starts when a private individual (the “plaintiff”) files a…

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What to do when injured by somebody?

First Steps After an Injury Protecting your legal rights is not usually the first thing you think of in the days following an injury. However, following some simple steps can save a substantial amount of time and effort if you later decide to sue someone for your injuries. Police Reports If you were involved in an incident in which law enforcement was involved, such as a car accident, the police probably made a report of the incident. Generally, you are entitled to receive a copy of a police report, and it could come in handy for a personal injury case. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make the effort to get a copy of the report. Depending on the rules of the police department, you may need to appear in person to pick up a copy of the report, or pay a fee for the copy. The police report itself probably won’t be admissible in a civil court…

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