An accident can leave a person in a bleak situation, and they may find themselves facing opposition when seeking compensation for the negligence of others. From traumatic injuries caused by a car crash to work-related injuries, The Potts Law Firm attorneys know how to approach every detail of your personal injury claim. We ardently represent our clients, giving them the opportunity to focus on their recovery and providing relief during life’s most challenging moments.
The Potts Law Firm has the resources and knowledge to evaluate your personal injury claim, both legally and medically, with our highly accredited on-staff personal injury lawyers, medical directors and physicians. Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your injury claim. We will give you all the time your case deserves, and we will give you an honest assessment of your case.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The legal cause of action for a personal injury claim is that of negligence. For negligence claims, the “reasonable person” standard is applied to any given case. Specifically, negligence is defined as the failure to do that which a person of ordinary prudence would have done under the same or similar circumstances, or doing that which a person of ordinary prudence would not have done under the same or similar circumstances.
To establish liability based on negligence, a plaintiff must prove the defendant did something an ordinarily prudent person exercising ordinary care would not have done under the same circumstances, or, that the defendant failed to do that which an ordinarily prudent person in the exercise of ordinary care would have done. “Ordinary care” means that degree of care that would be used by a person of ordinary prudence under the same or similar circumstances.
The four elements to a successful negligence cause of action are:
- Duty owed by defendant to plaintiff;
- Breach of that duty;
- Proximate cause of the plaintiff’s damages by defendant’s breach; and
All four of these elements are required for a plaintiff to be successful against a defendant. If even one element is missing, the plaintiff will lose his or her case.
Contact The Potts Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation to determine if your injury qualifies for a personal injury claim.
The most common personal injury claims handled by The Potts Law Firm are:
- Traffic Accidents (including cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, and buses)
- Aviation Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Toxic Torts & Industrial Disease Claims (injuries resulting from asbestos, mesothelioma, lead poisoning, and chest-related diseases including emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease)
- Construction/Industrial Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Injuries Suffered as a Result of an Assault
- Job-Related Stress Disorders (such as deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Maritime & Offshore Injuries
- Medical Malpractice (negligence by doctors, medical staff, dental accidents which can also include injuries to the brain, head, and spine, and to children during child birth)
- OSHA Violations
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Plant & Refinery Accidents & Explosions
- Premises Liability (accidents occurring on someone’s property)
- Product Liability (defective product manufacture or design defects)
- Railroad Accidents
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Tractor & Trailer
- Truck & Big Rig Accidents
- Work-Related Accidents (including those that involve workers’ compensation or workman’s compensation claims)
- Wrongful Death
This means that the law firm will work on your case and usually advance the expenses of litigation, but will not charge you unless and until they recover money damages for you.
Yes, most of the time as you’ve just read. There are a few exceptions when a law firm might not pay up-front expenses of a personal injury lawsuit. The first instance is when the case is not very strong but the client still wishes to go ahead with the lawsuit. An attorney may not wish to undertake all the high financial risk of a tenuous case by paying all the up-front expenses and relying only on a contingency fee. Another instance occurs where a reasonable settlement offer is made to the client but the client refuses to accept the offer against the advice of the law firm. If the client wishes to continue to pursue the case in the hope of receiving more money, the client will need to pay for future expenses and may be required to reimburse the law firm for prior expenses.
No, you will not owe the firm/attorney anything if we don’t win your case, this is a gamble that the firm takes and must consider when taking a new case.