Accidents happen all the time. While incidents involving transportation via car, truck, van, bus, or motorcycle are a major cause of accidents in the United States, many other types of accidents occur in the home, at the store, or in the classroom, schoolyard, or church. For example, people slip and fall in puddles of spilled juice at the grocery store or trip on unsecured rugs.
If you suffered a severe injury in an accident and can’t work as you recuperate, contact the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz for a free consultation. In addition to lost wages, you may be able to recover expenses for damages such as medical bills, therapy fees, and repairs to your car or other property.
In general, personal injury law is applied in accident cases. Personal injury law recognizes that when a person’s negligence results in injury to another person, the injured person is entitled to remuneration, or damages. Damages are typically money that is awarded by a court or jury to a person as compensation for loss or injury. There are three main categories of damages: compensatory, actual damages, and punitive damages. Compensatory damages include special damages, which are loss of earnings, property damage, and medical expenses. General damages include pain and suffering and emotional distress. Punitive damages are only awarded in some cases and are intended to punish the plaintiff to prevent such an accident from occurring again.
It is customary in accident cases for attorneys to represent the client on a contingency fee basis. In a contingent fee arrangement, the lawyer accepts a fixed percentage (usually one third) of the amount paid to the client as the result of a trial or an out-of-court settlement. If you win, the lawyer’s fee is paid from the money that is awarded to you. If you lose, neither you nor the lawyer get any money, but you won’t be required to pay your attorney for handling your case. You may have to pay court filing fees, the costs related to deposing witnesses, and similar charges, however.
A structured settlement is a payment arrangement alternative to being paid a lump sum if your case is successful. Under such a settlement, you would be paid periodic amounts over one or more years. This arrangement decreases your tax burden and ensures that you will receive a guaranteed amount in installments that you can rely on. If the negligent party can avoid the financial devastation of having to pay you a large lump sum, he or she may be more eager to settle the case, so you don’t have to endure the time and expense of a trial.
Alexander H. Schwartz is a trusted personal injury lawyer in Southport, Connecticut. If you have questions about injuries that you or a loved one sustained in an accident, please contact our office for a free consultation. We offer our clients flexible appointments scheduled around their availability.
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