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What is personal injury law? 

DSC_4902John has established an outstanding record of success and specializes in personal injury and accident recovery. Much of that success is due to the values that drive our firm: integrity, dedication and excellence. John and his staff has extensive trial experience as a personal injury lawyer.

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the person- your body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of civil lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another.

The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home and product defect accidents (product liability).

 

You can be injured in many ways:

John Phillips has specialized in all of these types of cases for almost 15 years.

What Damages Can I Recover in My Personal Injury Case?

If the negligence of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party at fault.  And oftentimes, insurance covers the loss.

You may be able to recover:

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  • Diminution of Value of Property
  • Past Medical Expenses
  • Future Medical Expenses
  • Money Spent on Care and Treatment
  • Money Lost because of Injury
  • Compensation for Pain
  • Compensation for Disability
  • Compensation for Loss of Capacity for Enjoyment of Life
  • Compensation for Physical Impairment and Loss of Use
  • Compensation for Scarring or Disfigurement
  • Loss of Earnings / Wage Loss
  • Loss of Capacity to Earn
  • Damages to Spouse
  • Damages to Children
  • And More.

And additional damages apply in the case of the wrongful death of a loved one.

How do I pay my bills /  How do I document my injury?

If you have been injured, you will likely have medical bills from physicians, hospitals, physical therapists, and other health care providers. Those bills will be in your name and will usually be sent to your address. You are primarily responsible for paying your bills, regardless of the cause of your injuries. The at-fault person’s liability insurance carrier is responsible for paying you reasonable compensation for damages incurred, which includes medical bills.

John can help stop debt collectors, help you get these bills paid, get your financial situation turned around and get you in the hands of fair doctors who understand the unique situations presented in these cases.  Call us and make sure we get everything.

You have several options we can guide you through.  First off, if you were in a motor vehicle accident, you have PIP (personal injury protection) benefits potentially available.  Secondly, if you have health insurance, you may treat as you normally would.  Third, many physicians will see you on “credit” known as a letter of protection.  Contact us for more information and guidance, but it is IMPORTANT you see a doctor as soon as possible.

What else can I do? 

First, make notes about the event – write down as many details you can recall about how you were injured, what happened immediately afterwards and what were the results later, such as lost wages or continuing medical treatment.  Second, make a note of any conversations you had with others involved in the accident or event, as well as any police report details or doctor’s reports.  Third, if possible, document the event by taking photographs of any evidence (such as visible injuries or pictures of your damaged vehicle in cases of auto accidents).  Finally, obtain contact information for anyone that you know witnessed your accident.

IMG_6514Personal injuries can be traumatic, causing permanent disabilities, financial damage and diminished quality of life. A lawsuit cannot undo the harm you have suffered, but it may help obtain better medical treatment and provide security for you and your family.  Give us a call.