People often ask, “What the odds of winning a personal injury lawsuit”. The short answer – your odds of winning a personal injury lawsuit increase dramatically if you hire a qualified personal injury lawyer. If you have suffered wrongly at the hands of another, you may be entitled to a claim for financial compensation for your damages and/or loss. Personal injury lawsuits make up a significant percentage of the total litigation in the United States. In fact, 60% of all real property, tort and contract cases are related to personal injury. The reason there has been a rise in personal injury lawsuits is not that people have become more litigious. The reason for the rise in personal injury lawsuits is a direct result of insurance companies becoming completely unreasonable. Insurance companies made the business decision to force injured claimants to file personal injury lawsuits because they (insurance companies) have the endless resources to litigate cases, whereas the average claimant does not have the monetary resources or time to become mired in a personal injury lawsuit they never wanted. Most personal injury victims just want to be treated with respect and compensated fairly. This does not happen without retaining a personal injury attorney.
When you have been injured physically, emotionally or financially, you feel like a victim. A personal injury suit, handled by a skilled injury lawyers, provides you the opportunity to fight for fair compensation.
When Should You File for Personal Injury?
There are many different types of personal injury suits. Automobile accident lawsuits are the most common type of suits and make up 60% of all tort trials. The next two most common types of suits are medical malpractice suits, which make up 15% of the total number of tort trials, and product liability suits, which make up 5% of the total number of personal injury lawsuits. Other common personal injury lawsuits include dog bite, wrongful death, boating accidents lawsuits and burn lawsuits. If you feel that you have suffered injury due to the negligence of another, you may have grounds to file for personal injury.
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
Although it is possible to make a claim on your own, most people turn to an attorney to help them win a personal injury lawsuit. There are a number of advantages to hiring a lawyer. For one thing, you may be able to garner damages without having to go to court at all. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to settle your case out of court. Although out-of-court settlements often result in lower winnings, they are resolved more quickly and they are kept out of the official records. In many cases, those who settle out of court do not need to pay court fees. It can be difficult to win a personal injury suit. Not only do you have to prove your injuries were caused by the accident but you have to prove that they were caused by the negligence of the person or entity that caused the accident. Only a little over half of the cases brought before a judge are won by the plaintiff. To make matters worse, the amount of damages received is on the decline. In 1996, plaintiffs won an average of $38,000. By 2005, that amount had dropped to $31,000. If you want to win your case and receive the money that you deserve, it is important that you have all the help you can get.
Most personal injury lawyers are paid on a contingency fee basis for personal injury suits. This means that if you do not win your suit, you do not have to pay your lawyer. A typical lawyer’s fee is 33% of your total winnings. Although this may seem like a lot, most people that retain a personal injury attorney still come out ahead. Those with lawyers generally win 80-90% more money than those without a personal injury attorney. The odds of a successful personal injury suit increase dramatically when you hire a qualified local personal injury attorney. Contact Us today to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney.