A lot of people talk bad about lawyers, especially
personal injury attorneys. We have all heard the urban legends about the guy who is burglarizing
a house and hurts himself and sues the innocent family. We have heard
about people suing over hot coffee. We have all had the feeling that some
lawyers are just ridiculous with this crap. I am sure we all agree that
some people, and lawyers, go too far searching for a quick buck via personal
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
But when is it OK? First, you should understand a lawsuit, in general,
is only an option when someone (a person or a business) did something
they should not have
and it caused another person an injury. The monetary award represents the
amount of damage to the victim. Said another way, if there is no injury,
there can be no lawsuit – regardless of how horrible the act. Further,
if there is no mistake made, there is no liability, regardless of how
serious the injury.
Personal Injury Attorneys Hold People Accountable for Negligence &
In my opinion, it is OK to sue someone when another person’s mistake
causes serious injury. For example, a person driving down the road, obeying
all traffic laws, is
T-boned by a person running a red light because they were checking email on the cell phone. The innocent driver
may suffer a lifetime of pain, medical expenses and a change in life style.
They did nothing wrong and they are significantly hurt. I think a lawsuit
is a real option
Another example, a school is notified that an employee has been criminally
charged with harming children – the school does nothing and he sexually
abuses another student. The student has done nothing wrong and may have
a lifetime of mental anguish, relationship issues and fear. Again, I think
a lawsuit is a real option. It is important to note that mistakes can
be small or horrible, and injuries can be physical or psychological.
Insurance Companies Pay in Most Personal Injury Cases
It is also worth considering who you are actually suing. Most people are
hesitant to sue another individual. They think they are going to take
the shirt off someone's back. I can tell you that no lawyer wants
to do that. I can also tell you that the vast majority of settlements
in personal injury cases are paid by insurance companies. I suspect you
wouldn't mind getting a check from an insurance company. A lawyer
can tell you whether a person is properly insured and help you make an
informed decision on whether or not you want to go forward with a personal
Hurt in an accident? Play it safe and call a personal injury attorney now.
What if you're not sure? One of the biggest problems in personal injury
cases, is we don't really know the extent of an injury for a certain
period of time. Some wounds heal – others don't. Sometimes,
we don't even know we're injured for a while. Like most serious
things in life, it's probably better to err on the side of caution.
Go see a doctor if you might be hurt. And talk to a lawyer if you are
the victim of another person's mistake.
I am an injury attorney located in Rochester, NY. I hope that my clients
think I help them. I hope they tell their friends and family that I helped
them seek justice, when they were wronged. I hope I give victims the ability
to be heard in complex legal system that we all live in. Please
call me with any questions.