The information below is designed to address some of the common questions we hear from clients here at The Spence Law Firm. While this information can answer general questions relating to personal injury law, wrongful death, and more, each case is unique and the specific set of circumstances surrounding your situation may differ. It's always best to have a personal injury attorney fully assess your case. Our firm offers free initial consultations during which we can help you understand your options and devise a plan of legal action.
What is considered a personal injury?
By law, a personal injury is defined as any injury that is physical, emotional, or mental in nature that is the direct or indirect result of negligent actions (or failure to act) by another person, group, or entity. Personal injury is considered a civil issue, rather than criminal, and is therefore dealt with using civil action. Civil matters have a different set of legal requirements regarding various burdens, including burden of proof. Personal injuries are typically caused by accidents that are the fault of another individual, company, manufacturer, or other entity.
Common causes of personal injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck/bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous/defective products
These and other incidents can lead to serious injuries, including spinal cord and brain trauma, and sometimes results in fatalities.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as the result of someone else's negligence, contact our Wyoming personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.
How can financial compensation help?
Victims of personal injury caused by the negligent actions of another are entitled to financial recovery to help with the cost of associated damages.
Depending on the details of your situation, compensation can help with any of the following damages:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost income, including overtime (past and future)
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent/temporary physical disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Cognitive disability
- Property damage
What is considered a "wrongful" death?
If a loved one was killed due to the negligent, willfull, or wrongful actions of another person, company, or entity, the death is considered "wrongful" in the eyes of the law. In such cases, the family or relatives of the deceased individual are entitled to financial compensation to assist with damages ranging from funeral/burial costs to loss of support (financial, emotional, or otherwise) to emotional suffering.
Wrongful death cases are typically filed in the following or similar situations:
- A patient's death due to medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse/neglect leading to death
- Fatal motor vehicle accidents
- Fatal exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Fatal workplace accidents
- Death occurring during a supervised/guided activity
How does The Spence Law Firm charge for its legal services?
We take all of our cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we are paid based on a percentage of the total compensation we recover on your behalf. If we are unable to secure monetary recovery for you, you do not owe us anything for our legal services. This arrangement allows us to advance the associated expenses of your case, which are then recovered at the conclusion of your case.
How do you decide if you will accept my case?
At The Spence Law Firm, we are unfortunately not able to assist everyone who seeks our help. Every time an individual or family reaches out to our firm, our team of Wyoming personal injury attorneys thoroughly assess the case collectively. We involve everyone at the firm, seeking input from all of our attorneys before accepting a case. If we believe that we can make a difference in your lives or the lives of your loved ones, we will gladly help you seek the recovery you need and the justice you deserve.
How much is my case worth?
At The Spence Law Firm, we focus on results rather than promises. If a lawyer tells you the value of your case before beginning work, they are likely making a promise they can't keep. Because each situation is different, and the details of every case unique, it's almost impossible to determine how much your case is worth until we assess all the relevant factors. In every instance, however, our Wyoming personal injury attorneys will work to maximize your recovery, fighting for the full, fair amount that you are owed.
Can you take my case if I don't live in Wyoming?
Yes! Our attorneys are licensed to practice in numerous states throughout the nation and we gladly accept cases we believe in, regardless of location. If you live in a state where we are not licensed to practice, we can enlist the assistance of associated local legal counsel. In such instances, we are able to appear in person and practice in your state. This is known as being admitted "pro hac vice."
How long will my case take?
Various factors determine the length of a given case. The moment your case is accepted, our team of attorneys will begin work, conducting necessary research and investigations into your situation. You may have multiple attorneys, paralegals, and other staff members working on your case. The length of your case will depend upon its complexity, whether or not we are able to obtain a just settlement, if your case must go to trial, and other factors. All states have different requirements regarding how long it takes to take a case to trial. Once we know the specifics of your situation, we are much better able to provide you with an estimate of how long your case may take to be resolved, and when you will receive your compensation.
If my case goes to trial, do I need to be there in person?
Often people are required to be present at trial, but every case and every trial is different. In many serious injury cases it may be too physically and/or emotionally difficult for people to attend the entire trial. Depending on the circumstances we may work with treating doctors to determine what is appropriate and many courts will accommodate for trial as necessary.
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