Personal injury is a term used to describe any case in which individuals have suffered physical injuries due to the negligence or wrongful act of another. Personal injury cases arise from such mishaps such as car accidents, bus accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, and product liability. The fault may consist of intentional wrongdoing, neglect or negligence. It is Gerald Stahl's job as a personal injury attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan to help you fight for just compensation.
The injured party or victim, known as the plaintiff, must prove that the defendant was a proximate cause of the injury. In other words, it is up to the plaintiff to prove that the defendant did something negligent such as running a red light or speeding. Furthermore, the plaintiff will need to prove that this wrongful act caused the collision.
In most cases, the insurance company will defend a claim and allege that the defendant was not at fault, but rather that the plaintiff was at fault. Insurance companies will also contest the severity of the plaintiff injuries, even when they are obvious. Insurance companies also will argue that injuries existed before the accident. Gerald R Stahl is an experienced personal injury lawyer that routinely deals with the insurance company arguments and maximizes recovery for his clients.
When a personal injury accident occurs it is important to immediately seek medical help. It is the medical records that document and verify the extent of your injuries. It is not uncommon for individuals to avoid the doctor and then have worsening symptoms a day or even a week later. In all cases be sure to fully explain your injuries to your doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist if they are not comfortable treating your condition.
Although you may think the cause of your accident is clear, your attorney may have to hire accident reconstruction experts or private investigators. This will help you prepare your case and preserve your evidence. Insurance companies in some instances will hire private detectives to watch an injured plaintiff to combat the claim of a serious injury. They will also hire accident reconstruction experts for their defendant.
Some of the damages in a personal injury case are compensation for out of pocket medical expenses, past and future wage loss, disability, permanent scarring, humiliation, and pain and suffering. Where personal injury results in death family members can bring their own claim for wrongful death under the statute. Their damages include loss of financial support and companionship compensation for the loss of love and affection.
Don’t let the insurance companies get an upper hand on your injury case. Gerald R Stahl routinely handles personal injury cases in Allegan, Kent, Ottawa, Barry, Kalamazoo and Newaygo counties.
If you are seriously injured because of another person's wrongful conduct, call attorney Gerald R. Stahl at (616) 426-6794. Gerald R. Stahl is one of the most experienced, qualified and successful Personal Injury Attorney in Western Michigan. Let Gerald R Stahl’s 30 years of experience get you the money and the justice that you deserve. Gerald R Stahl’s office is conveniently located in Grand Rapids on East Beltline near Knapps Corner and the 63rd District Court.