Today's injury law firm is intended, first and foremost, to help clients repair the damage caused by the actions of others. This is often called the "grievance" practice.
Identifying the Causes of Action
The first step that a accident injury law firm will take to represent their client is to identify the potential legal issues in the case and, most importantly, the elements of possible recovery for the injured individual and their family. A simple accident could result in a variety of tortuous (wrongful) action claims; Neglect, gross negligence, and the intentional imposition of emotional distress are just a few examples of the types of behavior that could result in recovery.
The attorneys at a personal injury law firm, as part of their representation, will identify the damages their client has suffered and established a monetary value to present to the opposite party, either as part of the negotiations or, if necessary, during a trial on the merits.
These damages can be for a variety of things:
– Present and future medical expenses. The costs of receiving medical treatment for injuries, as well as future costs such as physical therapy, are all recoverable from the offender. Often, the attorney will negotiate with medical providers in terms of obtaining treatment or settling outstanding bills during the processing of the case.
– Pain and suffering. Psychological injuries as a result of a tortured act are also recoverable. Courts have recently expanded this damaging element to include hedonic damage. This refers to the loss of life's pleasures that the injured person can no longer do as a result of injuries.
– Economic loss. This type of loss involves lost wages, loss of earning capacity in the future, and other monetary areas affected by the accident, and injuries sustained.