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    Personal Injury FAQ

    An injury is usually deemed “catastrophic” if the consequences are life-threatening, permanently debilitating, disabling, or disfiguring. This can encompass burns, amputations, spine injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), for example.

    Personal injury is an area of civil litigation that involves a cause of action against a negligent party involving physical harm suffered. Someone harmed by the negligence of their physician could bring a personal injury action against their doctor. Peterson & Associates, P.C. represents plaintiffs, including injured parties and loved ones of those who have been wrongfully killed.

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    Personal injury is an area of civil litigation that involves a cause of action against a negligent party involving physical harm suffered. Someone harmed by the negligence of their physician could bring a personal injury action against their doctor. Peterson & Associates, P.C. represents plaintiffs, including injured parties and loved ones of those who have been wrongfully killed.

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    A personal injury lawyer is someone hired to represent an injured party against a negligent party or parties. The personal injury lawyer represents the plaintiff – the individual(s) making the claim against the defendant. The defendant can be a product manufacturer, a trucking company, or anyone presumed responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries.

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    There is no way to quantify how many cases are settled out of court as opposed to at trial, or even arrive at a workable ratio. The best information to equip yourself with when embarking on a personal injury case is that your attorney will settle outside of court if they believe the defendant is offering you a fair amount, and will refuse settlement and pursue trial if they believe you are not being offered a fair amount.

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    Expert witnesses are simply experts in their respective fields who have agreed to testify in court. If you were injured in an accident that involves a tire defect, you may call upon a tire expert or accident reconstructionist to assist in your case. Expert witnesses can strengthen, and even make or break, your case.

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    Choosing a personal injury lawyer to handle your case is a big decision. Often, you get just one shot to collect the financial compensation you deserve after an accident or wrongful death of a loved one. Make sure you place your case in the hands of an attorney with experience, one who answers your questions directly, who communicates with you, and is upfront about their fees.

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    Auto Accident FAQ

    The time after your car accident is critical when it comes to the outcome of your case. After seeking any immediate medical attention you need, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with a plaintiff’s car accident lawyer like those at Peterson & Associates, P.C. If you are not seriously injured, we encourage you to exchange information with the other driver and visit the hospital anyway. Visiting the hospital can establish a record of injury related to the accident.

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    Adverse weather conditions like rain are a common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Hydroplaning can occur when your tire tread loses its grip on the road, and begins to float over the surface of the water. This can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, but one thing that can help is avoiding overcorrecting or slamming on your brakes.

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    Even at speeds under 20mph, a car accident can take a toll on your body. The momentum of your vehicle has your body moving forward, but a crash propels it in a different direction. While your seatbelt restraint keeps your body in place, your head is free to roll. This can result in injuries from whiplash to traumatic brain injury or hemorrhage.

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    When someone is involved in a car accident caused by another driver, that individual would collect compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance. Insurance companies value claims by looking at the value of the car, total cost of property damage, and extent of physical injuries.

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    Car accidents can happen anywhere, but statistically, there are a few specific places they can happen more often than others. Data suggest that car crashes happen more often within a 25-mile radius of your home, since drivers are not as attentive as when they’re driving in unfamiliar territory.

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    Accidents involving large commercial vehicles like semi-trucks often cause more damage than a typical passenger vehicle accident. For this reason, they are often valued higher than the average accident. In semi-truck accident cases, plaintiffs can also often sue the trucking company, rather than a singular insured individual.

    Product Liability FAQ

    Cleft palates are birth defects that can have either environmental or genetic causes. One possible cause of babies being born with cleft palates is that the mother took certain prescription medications while pregnant.

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    “Product liability” is an area of law in which a plaintiff, the consumer, bring a claim against a product manufacturer for injuries or losses sustained as a result of the product. There are three common causes for action in product liability law: defect in design, manufacturing mistakes, and poor marketing / failure to warn.

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    What Our Clients Are Saying

    We are proud to establish long standing relationships with our clients and we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalized, confident representation to all of our clients.

    Team did a great job resolving my injury case

    - Daniel G.

    They were instrumental in saving my life.

    - Kathy

    I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.

    - Larry

    Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.

    - Lee

    I would definitely recommend Peterson & Associates

    - Leesa

    They get the job done

    - Theresa

    Choosing Our Team

    Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.