Practical Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Case

The word injury, in the legal sense, can mean a number of things, from bodily harm to mental distress caused by an accident or by defamation. To put it bluntly, its definition is ambiguous. This is perhaps the primary reason why it's important for you to seek a personal injury lawyer, especially if your injury can't be defined in simple black and white terms, long before filing a lawsuit

Mental Conditions
Mental conditions can sometimes be covered by worker's comp if you can prove that the psychiatric problem was caused by your work. Typically, it must be shown that "abnormal work conditions," another ambiguous term, directly caused injury. These types of cases are very difficult to win, even more difficult than finding a personal injury lawyer. The main reasons: notwithstanding PTSD, which can take years to develop, you are expected to recover after you've left your job, and attorneys are paid a percentage of your relief. In this case, perhaps you'd be better off filing a Social Security claim (speak to a SS advocate about this alternative
Auto Accidents
The most common types of lawsuits a personal injury lawyer files are accident claims. These claims range from fender benders to full-on highway pileups, where major or even catastrophic injuries can happen. You'll want to hire an experienced attorney who understands the incredibly sensitive nature of these kinds of events, typified by experience. Accident cases can be extremely complex and can take many months or even years to litigate. Hence, brace for patience and be sure to thoroughly research the firm that you choose to petition services from
Product Defects, Liability, Class Action Suits
Unfortunately, sometimes a product passes close inspection and makes its way into the open market. You've probably heard of the term "recall" or have seen the late-night ads about asbestos and mesothelioma. All of these, when legal action is taken, are typically categorized as class actions. Even though you've been personally injured by a product, sometimes it's best to join forces with others who have been damaged by the same thing - after all, there's strength in numbers. Some firms specialize in class actions, while others will advise their clients to join them. Your attorney should discuss options to join other suits with you if your situation warrants such action
Defamation, Libel, and Slander
Defamation is an area of law that provides a remedy when someone's words end up causing you harm to your livelihood or reputation. Libel is a written or published statement; libel comes from the mouth. For instance, a rival sandwich shop sets up a blog and posts negative articles about their rival's products. That certainly sounds defamatory if the articles are based on falsehoods
Can a qualified statement of fact be defamatory? That depends. Keep in mind that "truth" or "opinion" is a defense; if the qualified statement is true or based on a qualified opinion, no damages can be awarded. For example, someone says, "I think Bob stole $100 from me yesterday." Saying "I think" certainly sounds like an opinion, but is it true that Bob stole your money? Unless Bob was convicted for theft (or plead guilty), the court will most likely view that as a false statement

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