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Do you value your health? Have you been injured in a personal injury accident? Have you been compensated? Delaware allows for injured parties to seek damages when they have been injured because of another person's negligence. Car accidents are the most common type of accident leading to a personal injury case; however, other accidents, such as a slip and fall, product liability, boat or aviation accident can also be grounds for a personal injury case.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, as opposed to damage to a piece of property. It usually is referred to a lawsuit that involves a plaintiff has been injured due to another person's carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including tripping accidents, assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not only physical in nature, but it can be industrial disease cases. These include occupational stress, contact dermititis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white fingers, and repetitive strain injuries.

If you have been injured because of someone else, you should contact a Delaware personal injury attorney right away. Even if you can be found partially at fault for the accident, as long as your responsibility is 50% or less for the injury, you can recover damages. Your attorney can help you to understand your rights and represent your interests. There is a time limit in which to file a claim in Delaware. Your attorney can help you to determine the statute of limitations, which is generally two years from the injury.

In a recent personal injury case in Delaware, the widow of a delivery driver filed a lawsuit against the state transportation department and the two drivers who operated street sweepers. Her husband was driving and was blinded by dust that the sweeper kicked up and he hit the back of the street sweeper, resulting in his death. She alleges that the street sweeper drivers were negligent and reckless, and they drove without a regard to traffic conditions, didn't use the warning lights and hazard signs and failed to use the sweepers' dust-suppressant system.

Many times after an accident, the insurance company for the negligent party will try to contact you and settle your case. They may sound like they want to help you by paying for your medical bills or property loss. However, be careful and do not sign anything or give any statements to the insurance agent before meeting with an attorney. The insurance company, after all, is looking out for its best interest and bottom line, not for your well being.

Most personal injury attorneys provide a free initial consultation to review your case. Personal injury attorneys generally use a contingency fee agreement. This provides for payment of the attorney's fees upon the conclusion of your case. Often, it is a percentage of your total settlement. You will want to understand how your attorney will be paid, and how the costs associated with your case will be paid, before signing a fee agreement with a personal injury attorney.

Because your case may take many months to complete, you will want to find an attorney with whom you are comfortable, and who understands your case. The support staff, such as legal assistants or nurse consultants, may be your first point of contact regarding your case. You may want to meet these people at your initial consultation with your attorney.

Most importantly, you should follow the advice of your doctors. Your attorney should be concentrating on making sure you are compensated for your lost wages or earning capacity, your pain and suffering, your medical expenses and property loss. You should be concentrating on your medical recovery.


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