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Personal Injury Lawyer: When Do I Need One?

March 17, 2022  ·  By HM&M

Personal Injury Lawyer: When Do I Need One?

Personal injury is defined as harm caused by one or more responsible parties to another person or persons. The injury can be physical or emotional, and it can result from a wide range of instances, both intentional and unintentional.

Many people think of a personal injury lawyer as someone who helps victims of a car crash, a workplace injury, or a defective product. While this is true, other areas of personal injury law include:

  • Medical negligence
  • Medical malpractice
  • Abuse
  • Airplane crashes
  • General negligence
  • And more

If you have suffered from an injury at the hands of another person, a personal injury lawyer may help you achieve justice. Learn more about personal injury lawyers below, including how to contact one.

Who Does a Personal Injury Affect?

Personal injuries can affect just about anyone. These injuries can occur early in life (e.g. in delivery rooms), later in life (e.g. in nursing homes or assisted living facilities), and anytime in between. Those who suffer the injury aren’t always the only ones affected by the injury. 

For example, in the event of a traumatic birth injury, the child’s parents and/or caregivers are affected as well as the child affected. Unplanned expenses can add up, resulting in medical debts. Unforeseen child care plans can result in a loss of income if one or more parents must remain home with the child at all times.

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Simply put, seeking justice for wrongdoing is the best reason to hire a personal injury attorney. This is defined differently for different people. Some may find justice in a monetary award, meaning they receive money for the pain and suffering. Others may find justice knowing another family may never experience the trauma they did by having the offender reprimanded for their wrongdoings, or by having a rule changed to prevent the same injury to others in the future.

A personal injury attorney can help you recuperate lost funds. Monetary damages can be awarded to victims or their families to help with medical bills, pain, suffering, or emotional trauma. Because some cases of personal injury result in a job loss, the lack of income can be recuperated through an award of damages, or, in layman’s terms: money to make up for the loss of income.

A personal injury attorney can help prove negligence. Proving negligence can be very difficult and complex. Large organizations and individuals alike can be unwavering in their dedication to disproving your claim. However, Hurley McKenna & Mertz has a long list of success stories in personal injury cases. While these cases can become strenuous and include multiple parties, our team works to achieve the best outcome for you. 

Hurley McKenna & Mertz: Personal Injury Experts

At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, our team takes every effort to ensure your case is handled with professionalism and diligence. 

We have successfully handled hundreds of personal injury cases of all types, and obtained record-breaking jury verdicts for all clients in state and federal courts throughout Illinois and the United States. Contact us today to learn more.


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