In 2019, there are lots of lawsuits and, as a result, there are lots of lawyers. Indeed, with Alaska’s population over 737,000 and over 2,300 attorneys, that’s one lawyer for every 320 Alaskans! But if you are injured as a result of someone else’s act or failure to act, you don’t want any lawyer. Instead, you want The Best Attorneys In Wasilla to prosecute your claim and attempt to get you the highest payout possible.
Most lawsuits that arise out of a victim’s personal injuries are due to “negligence,” or the other person’s failure to act appropriately, and that failure to use a “reasonable standard of care” causing the injuries. The Best Attorneys In Wasilla are able to show that the other party was negligent and that negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries.
By way of example, if you are driving a car and another person fails to stop at a stop sign, rams into your car and causes you a broken arm, that person’s failure to stop at the stop sign would be deemed “negligent,” possibly entitling you to monetary compensation, known as “damages.”
As another example, if it snowed two days ago and you are walking in front of a hardware store and slip on snow or ice that was never removed (or the removal was poorly done), and you suffer a concussion, the person or company responsible to keep that area free from snow and ice would be deemed “negligent,” entitling you to damages for your concussion.
But simply proving that another party was negligent is only half the battle. The second item to prove is damages themselves. Without being able to demonstrate that your injuries have value, you cannot recover any monies for your case.
There are two primary types of damages—economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the easier to prove. They are the monies actually spent on medical bills, hospital stays, medicine, etc., as well as the losses suffered from missing work or not being able to properly perform your job duties as you could prior to the incident. These are typically proven through copies of medical bills, receipts and invoices.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more subjective. These include pain and suffering, loss of services, loss of consortium and related items. These are proven through a victim’s testimony, demonstrating the amount of time spent at home, in the hospital, and in bed, and generally proving how your injuries negative impacted your everyday life.
So car accidents, slip and falls and other personal injury claims may not seem complicated, but the skills of the best attorneys are important to have on your side. Otherwise, you may not properly prosecute your case, leading to a far lesser recovery, if not none at all.