Personal Injury Law

How do I know if I have a legally valid personal injury claim?

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If you can show that your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you most likely have a valid claim. Because personal injury law is complicated, it is best to hire an attorney who can help you immediately after you receive your injury. Our injury attorneys can help you determine if someone else is liable for your injury, and we can assist you in evaluating your losses.

Can I handle the case on my own, or do I need an attorney?

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Following an accident or discrepancy it is understandable for individuals to want to settle the matter quickly and move on with their lives as soon as possible. As a result, some may be tempted to try to take care of all issues—including legal issues—without getting professional representation. It is crucial to understand the pitfalls of trying to go it alone.

Should I accept the insurance company settlement?

It cannot be reiterated enough that insurance companies are in the business of minimizing payouts to maximize company profits. No matter how nice the insurance adjuster seems or how many details they give you regarding your compensation, the adjuster’s goal is to pay you as little as possible. In fact, the adjuster is usually rewarded for resolving claims for as little as possible and as quickly as possible.

I know an accident victim who suffered the same kinds of injuries I did, but received a different amount of money. Why?

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Every accident and every accident victim are different. Many factors go into determining an accident victim’s compensation. A change in just one factor can have a big impact on the amount granted in a personal injury settlement or verdict.

How do I prove negligence in a premises liability claim?

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The premises liability attorneys will organize the details of your case to demonstrate how the property owner was negligent. Having pictures of the accident site displaying the hazardous conditions will assist in this process. It will also help to have witnesses that can either testify to the details of the accident or to the condition that caused your accident. Your attorney will also need to show how the hazard caused your specific injuries.

Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents

Automobile and motorcycle accidents can effect your daily routine, including your work and quality of life. The damages from such accidents may not be limited to just your property, but may include bodily injury, lost wages, stress, and loss of ability to practice your profession. It is important to seek legal assistance so that we can assist you with recovering what you are fully entitled to.

Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents occur fairly frequently, especially in the colder months as snow and ice begin to pile up. If the property owner failed to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition, they may be responsible for your injuries. Our slip and fall personal injury attorneys can help you understand the laws and factors weighed when determining how much you may be owed.

Workplace Accidents

As an employee who has been injured while at their workplace, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. We can examine your case and advise you as to your rights and options.

Dog Bites

The effects of a dog bite are not solely physical; victims may require plastic surgery to address scars and may suffer from emotional trauma. When evaluating your case, our attorneys will look at factors such as the extent of the injuries, costs of medical treatment, and extent of emotional/phsycological trauma when determining how to recover maximum compensation from the responsible dog owner

ATV Accidents

ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles, are three or four wheeled motorized vehicles that are typically used for off-roading. ATV accidents may be caused by your negligence, the negligence of others, or defects. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney following an ATV accident to review your case and protect your rights.

Boating Accidents

With the various lakes throughout Monroe, Livingston and surrounding counties, a day at the beach could mean the potential for you to be involved in a boating or personal watercraft accident. To get more information on filing an appropriate claim for compensation, let one of our experienced personal injury attorneys assist you.

Other Accidents Involving Injuries

There are many other causes for injuries aside form motor vehicles, boating, and dog bites. Our attorneys have handled cases involving pools, trampolines, bicycles, sports,and fights. If you have been injured, contact an attorney at the Law Office of Christopher T. Wilcox to review your situation.

Personal Injury Law

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    What is a personal injury?

    A personal injury is a physical, mental or emotional injury to a person as a result of another party’s negligence.

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    Should I accept the insurance company settlement?

    It cannot be reiterated enough that insurance companies are in the business of minimizing payouts to maximize company profits. No matter how nice the insurance adjuster seems or how many details they give you regarding your compensation, the adjuster’s goal is to pay you as little as possible. In fact, the adjuster is usually rewarded for resolving claims for as little as possible and as quickly as possible.

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    I know an accident victim who suffered the same kinds of injuries I did, but received a different amount of money. Why?

    Every accident and every accident victim are different. Many factors go into determining an accident victim’s compensation. A change in just one factor can have a big impact on the amount granted in a personal injury settlement or verdict.

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    How far does the property owner’s duty of care extend?

    Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for residents, guests, employees, and visitors. A trespasser on the property may still have a claim to damages upon injury, depending on the circumstances.

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    How do I prove negligence in a premises liability claim?

    The premises liability attorneys will organize the details of your case to demonstrate how the property owner was negligent. Having pictures of the accident site displaying the hazardous conditions will assist in this process. It will also help to have witnesses that can either testify to the details of the accident or to the condition that caused your accident. Your attorney will also need to show how the hazard caused your specific injuries.

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    How do I know if I have a legally valid personal injury claim?

    If you can show that your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you most likely have a valid claim. Because personal injury law is complicated, it is best to hire an attorney who can help you immediately after you receive your injury. Our injury attorneys can help you determine if someone else is liable for your injury, and we can assist you in evaluating your losses.

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    How do I handle insurance adjusters?

    When accidents occur, it is common for an insurance company to ask you to make a recorded statement with an insurance adjuster. It is never wise to do so without having consulted your attorney first. If you decide to do so without an attorney’s advice, you should keep certain facts in mind. 

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    Do I have a legal claim for my injury?

    The first thing that many individuals wonder when they are hurt in an accident is if they have a legal claim. It is often difficult to parse through the specifics of a case to understand who might be at fault and whether a third-party acted inappropriately such that they will be held accountable, in full or in part, for the harm caused.

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    Can you give me some examples of personal injury?

    Vehicle accidents
    Slip and fall accidents
    Long term care facility abuse
    Dog bites
    Product liability
    Work-related accidents
    Airplane turbulence/ accidents
    Elevator accidents

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    Can I handle the case on my own, or do I need an attorney?

    Following an accident or discrepancy it is understandable for individuals to want to settle the matter quickly and move on with their lives as soon as possible. As a result, some may be tempted to try to take care of all issues—including legal issues—without getting professional representation. It is crucial to understand the pitfalls of trying to go it alone.

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    Who can be held responsible for construction site injuries?

    If you were injured as an employee or contract worker on a construction site, we may target the construction company who hired you, the manufacturers of the faulty equipment, or other workers whose negligence contributed to your accident. Ultimately, we are seeking damages from insurance providers.

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    What type of settlement am I entitled to?

    Once we have an idea of the type of negligence exhibited, the insurance company’s position, and the extent of your injuries, will we be able to formulate a dollar amount for your case. Our analysts will need to calculate how your injuries affect your livelihood and the extent to which it will affect your future.