Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyer

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If you have been hurt in an accident, and it was not your fault, you may have a personal injury case. An experienced Arkansas personal injury lawyer can help you receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of personal property, and even pain and suffering if you have been injured due to the negligence of another person.

Personal injury is the legal definition for an injury to the body as opposed to an injury to another party's property. Personal injury can also include emotional and mental injury. The term is often used in conjunction with a lawsuit accusing that the plaintiffs injury has been caused as a result of another persons negligence.

There are two types of personal injury claims and they are, general damages personal injury claim and special damages and future loss personal injury claim.

General damages are the types of injuries that involve a demand for restitution for any emotional or physical pain and suffering that may be endured after the injury or accident has taken place.

Special damages are the types of injuries that refer to any money loss incurred as a result of the injury or accident. It also includes costs directly resulting from the injury as well as earnings that have been lost as well. Expenses typically associated with special damage claims include, damage to property, medical treatment expenses as well as loss of pay for any time spent in the hospital.

You should schedule a meeting with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your initial injury. The actions you take directly after the accident can help you later to recover damages. A personal injury attorney often provides a free initial consultation, and establishes his or her fee on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay for your attorney's time until your case settles. Attorneys charge for their time and also for their expenses or costs. Costs can vary from mileage or copy fees to expert witness testimony and deposition costs. You should discuss the payment of costs with your attorney in your initial consultation. Often these expenses can also be paid out of your final settlement, but this can vary among law offices.

Personal injury cases can take years to resolve. When choosing a personal injury lawyer you will want to consider that this will be a long relationship. You will be in contact with not only your attorney, but staff in the office ranging from legal secretaries, paralegals and possibly even nurse legal consultants. Your case will have times when it is active and times when you don't hear anything for weeks. Finding an attorney you are comfortable working with will help you throughout this process.

The insurance company of the person at fault for your injuries will try to settle your case before you have attorney representation. Keep in mind that they are not there to act in your best interests. Before you sign any insurance documents or give any statements to an insurance company, talk to an attorney.

The State of Arkansas has a statute of limitations of three years to file a personal injury case. After this time, regardless of your injuries, you will not be allowed to file a civil case for damages. That's why it's important to contact an attorney right away after an accident. They will advise you on what records to keep documenting your injuries and lost wages. This information will be very important as your case prepares for trial or settlement.

There are many attorneys specializing in personal injury in Arkansas. You will want to find a reputable attorney to help you through this process. You can contact the local bar association in your county or the State of Arkansas for referrals to attorneys in your area.

Once you've found a suitable personal injury attorney, make sure they are members of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. You can request an initial consultation to review your case with an attorney, and if you decide that you want to move forward you will sign an agreement. Read the agreement thoroughly and make sure you understand everything in it. Even if you are in a hospital room or bedridden at home, many attorneys will come and see you.


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