What is Personal Injury and Do You Have a Case?

Personal Injury is something that’s seen everywhere, seemingly on at least one billboard on your drive through any city or town. But what does it involve and what do you need to know about it? There are several types of personal injury cases, as listed by avvo.com.

Some common causes for a personal injury case involve a:

  • home, road, and work accidents
  • tripping accidents
  • accidents due to product defects
  • medical and dental accident negligence claims
  • industrial disease claims, involving mesothelioma, occupational stress, and repetitive strain injuries

Damages fall into two categories: special damages and general damages. Special damages are financial in nature. Examples are hospital bills and lost wages. General damages refer to those losses that are non-financial in nature. These include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, defamation, and emotional distress.

What’s the next step, if you fall into one of these categories? File a claim.

A statute of limitations is the window of time that the injured person has for filing a claim. Statutes of limitations vary, depending on the cause and which state that person is in. The starting date is usually on the date that the incident occurred and can last between two and five years.

You should act immediately, so that there’s less of a chance of losing the right to file a claim due to varying time frames of each statute of limitations. Whatever happens, try not to go through this process alone.  Hiring a local personal injury attorney will help you in so many ways.

At Southern Oaks, Taylor Fontenot brings years of personal injury experience at some of Lafayette’s largest and most respected personal injury law firms. Taylor will personally oversee and address all aspects of your case. From the initial consultation through settlement, he will truly be with you throughout the entire process. Call or email Taylor today.