Winning Serious Injury Lawsuits Since 1946
Part of the reason why we are able to be so effective is that we have built a reputation over the years for our willingness to take cases to court, and our ability to win. Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is known as a firm that is never afraid to pursue a resolution through trial, and defense counsel and plaintiffs as well as insurance companies know this about us. Because of our ability to bring cases to trial and get results, we are able to demand and to obtain premium value in negotiated settlements.
An Overview: What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is an area of civil law initiated by a complaint alleging wrongdoing on behalf of a defendant that caused or contributed to the plaintiff's injury or loss. Civil personal injury complaints are sometimes settled outside of court, while in other cases they go to trial to be decided by a judge/jury. A jury trial is typically sought when a plaintiff and his or her counsel believes the defendant is not providing a reasonable offer.
Plaintiffs in personal injury cases seek damages, which is money that a defendant would pay to compensate for a loss. In some personal injury cases, damages can be punitive, acting as a punishment to defer the defendant's future misconduct of a similar nature. A primary function of damages in a personal injury case is to provide money for the cost of past, present, and future medical expenses.
The plaintiff in civil personal injury cases is the individual who has been wronged, while the defendant is the person or organization accused of inflicting or allowing that wrongdoing. There can be multiple defendants in a given personal injury case. When there are multiple plaintiffs in a civil case, they can be grouped into a class.
Plaintiffs in personal injury cases are typically in no place financially, especially due to accident-related medical expenses, to hire an attorney. That is why most attorneys work on a contingency fee, meaning the client does not pay unless/until the attorney wins the case and damages are recovered.