Personal injury law is a type of civil law practice in which individuals or groups may seek compensation for injuries they've suffered as a result of another party's negligence. Some cases are resolved through courtroom trials, though the majority of personal injury law cases reach settlements before the trial process begins. The personal injury attorneys of Ellis Law Offices, P.C., have been serving the Indianola, Iowa, area since 2003; below, they share a brief introduction to personal injury law.
Personal Injury Defined
A personal injury can be defined as the damage or harm, stemming from an injury, that you've sustained because of someone else's negligence or recklessness. A personal injury case seeks to hold the responsible party legally accountable for your injury. Your lawsuit lays out the details of your injury and the circumstances that caused it, and it usually includes some type of compelling evidence that supports your claim.
You can seek damages for a number of different aspects relating to your injury. The cost of medical care is one of the most sought after types of damages. Compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress are also high on the list. Other compensable damages include loss of income, loss of property, and even loss of enjoyment in activities you used to love.
When a personal injury case is settled, it means that both parties have come together to reach a mutually agreeable conclusion, usually in the form of a negotiated dollar amount. Both sides then sign an agreement stipulating that no further legal action will be pursued on the matter. Your personal injury attorney is your negotiator throughout the settlement process, working to get you the highest amount possible for the injuries you've sustained.
Contact Ellis Law Offices, P.C., to schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney. You can also reach them by phone at (515) 962-9080 or via their Facebook or Twitter pages. Trust this team of local attorneys to help you attain the compensation you need to not just survive, but thrive.