FAQ: 7 very common questions people ask about personal injury cases

Here are seven of the most common questions we are asked about about filing personal injury cases and lawsuits in Washington and Oregon. 1. What does personal injury actually mean? Personal injury is the legal term for injuries and damages to your physical or mental health, caused by the bad conduct or negligence of another person or company. The category of personal injury law is broad and can include injuries caused in many different ways—such as car crashes, medical malpractice, on a dangerous premises, or by a dangerous product. 2. Can you tell me what my case is worth? We need to review the facts of your case before assessing the value. If you have been seriously injured, we will need opinions from your doctors

The Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle riding is a favorite pastime and a mode of transportation for many Americans, but even though it can be fun, it can also be very dangerous. A clear day and open roads, in Washington, may be very tempting for motorcycle riders and may seem safe, but there are still chances of a crash happening every time you get on the road. Of course, there are basic precautions that riders take to stay safe, but there are many dangers on and off the road that are out of motorcycle riders’ control. Here I will cover some of the reasons motorcycle crashes happen and what you can do to avoid them. Be Watchful of Cars Turning Left One of motorcyclists’ biggest

What happens when your injury case is also a criminal case

It happens often: you may have a personal injury case from a car crash—for which the driver is also facing separate criminal charges. Some of the most common criminal charges we see after crashes are driving under the influence, reckless driving, negligent driving, and criminal endangerment. While the criminal conduct can be important evidence in your injury case, the cases are actually different and distinct. Differences between civil and criminal cases A personal injury case is a civil case, which means it’s brought by the individual person who was harmed. A criminal case is brought by the state or federal government, on behalf of the people of the state. The important thing to understand is that a person can face both civil and criminal

The role of an expert witness in a personal injury case

“Expert witness” is one of those terms that trial lawyers use often, but it doesn’t mean much to our clients. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about experts and how they are used in a personal injury case. What is an expert witness? An “expert witness” is a person who is hired to review the facts of a particular aspect of a legal case, and give opinions based on their education and experience. In some cases – like if a person was very badly hurt in a multi-vehicle crash –  we might hire an expert to help us investigate and document the scene. Other times, we won’t need to hire an expert to review records or evidence

Can a personal injury lawyer help me with this?

A personal injury attorney helps people who have been injured, or the families of those who have been killed, by the actions of another person or company. And like most law firms that offer free consultations, at Coluccio Law we are often contacted by people who need a different type of legal service than we provide. While none of these are direct examples (our free consultations are confidential), we often get inquiries like these. Here are some examples to help you figure out what type of lawyer you may need when a personal injury lawyer can’t help you. “I caused a car crash” We do represent people who are seriously injured in car or truck crashes. But if you are responsible for causing the car

How important is it to hire a local personal injury lawyer?

Having represented those injured or who have lost loved ones for over 33 years, I am often asked: how important is it to hire a local personal injury lawyer? My experience has shown that it is quite important to choose one who practices locally, and is experienced and well-respected within the local community. In areas of the law such as tax or intellectual property, the location of one’s attorney is not particularly consequential.  These areas of the law are governed by national rules and regulations. But personal injury and wrongful death cases are different. It is fair to state that knowledge of the locality brings value to both tangible and intangible aspects of your legal representation.  Whether involved in a truck or car collision


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