What is a personal injury?
The term “personal injury” is typically defined as an injury to one’s mind, body, or emotions. In other words, it’s an injury to the person, as opposed to an injury to property. Personal injury law seeks to compensate the victims of personal injury and punish the offenders through monetary awards. These monetary awards are known as compensatory and punitive damages. Our personal injury attorneys concentrate in personal injury law and winning compensation for victims. The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. has won hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.
Each state has different laws regarding personal injury lawsuits, and each court has different rules for filing claims. It is very important to choose an attorney with knowledge of the various rules and courts. Our firm has significant personal injury litigation experience and are very familiar with the different court rules and systems.
There are many types of personal injury lawsuits, including car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, mesothelioma diagnosis, asbestos exposure cases, and slip and fall litigation. Our experienced attorneys can determine which type of lawsuit fits the facts of your case.
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Who can file a personal injury lawsuit?
Once you retain an attorney, they will file the lawsuit on behalf of someone, usually the victim of personal injury. If the victim is deceased or mentally incompetent, the lawsuit is sometimes brought by a family member or legal guardian. At the Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. our personal injury lawyers will review your case to determine who is the proper party or parties to bring the lawsuit.
Can I file a personal injury lawsuit at any time?
No, is the simple answer to this question. However, the answer is usually not so simple. Our personal injury attorneys can help you determine how much time you have to file your lawsuit.
There is a limited period of time to file your lawsuit. This period of time is called a statute of limitations. When the statute of limitations begins to run, however, is often debatable. Sometimes it’s easy to determine when the statute of limitations clock begins to tick. For example, if you are in a car accident and severely injured in the accident, more likely than not your statute of limitations begins to run the day of the accident. Sometimes, the statute of limitations is not so easily determined, such as in medical negligence and asbestos cases.
Because the statute of limitations varies from state to state, it is very important that if you feel you have the right to file a lawsuit you speak to qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If your personal injury attorney files the lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, it is very likely that the lawsuit will be dismissed, and you will have no recourse or method for monetary compensation, legal or otherwise.
The Law Offices of Parente & Norem, P.C. can help you determine if you have a personal injury lawsuit and what your statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit is.