Boise Personal Injury Lawyer
An accident that leads to an injury can happen at anytime, anywhere. Even the most careful, responsible person is at risk of being injured due to the negligence of others. When an accident like this happens to you, one of the first things you should do is consult with a Boise personal injury lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates.
Someone else being at fault for what happened means that you shouldn’t be expected to pay for expenses caused by the accident and injury. With sound legal counsel and aggressive representation on your side, you can pursue the financial compensation owed to you by those responsible.
What Counts as a Personal Injury in Idaho?
Personal injury claims are incredibly diverse. Virtually any negligence that leads to either property damage, an injury, or even defamation of character can result in a personal injury lawsuit that allows the victim to seek financial compensation for the damages he or she has suffered.
Of course, some types of personal injury cases are far more common than others. Detailed below are a few of the case types that a Boise personal injury lawyer from our office will be familiar with:
- Premises Liability – Businesses and property owners have an obligation to keep their grounds safe for visitors. Whether you were bit by a dog or slipped and fell, the property owner could be responsible for your accident.
- Product Liability – Anytime a product is used as intended and an injury results, a defective product or dangerous design might be to blame. Your Boise personal injury lawyer will help you determine who in the manufacturing chain was at fault.
- Medical Malpractice – It should go without saying that your healthcare provider should take your health every bit as seriously as you do. If your doctor has caused you harm in some way, you could be eligible seek damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- Construction Accidents – Considering how chaotic the typical construction site is, it’s no surprise that accidents and injuries are common occurrences. A Boise personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you determine what happened in yours, whether you were a worker or a passerby.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents – Being hit by an automobile while on foot or on a bike can result in horrendous injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
As diverse as personal injury cases may be, the number one cause is—by far—motor vehicle accidents. Accidents involving passenger cars happen every single day, and since most car accidents are caused by some form of negligence, you have every right to seek compensation with the help of a Boise personal injury lawyer if you weren’t at fault.
Crashes involving motorcycles and commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers are also frequent occurrences, although not quite as common as car accidents. However, these accidents are actually more likely to result in serious injuries for the victims due to the unique characteristics of these vehicles.
Injuries that occur in public transportation accidents, such as with taxis and buses, also happen. Determining fault in these cases can be more complicated, however, since there are more entities involved. Whatever your motor vehicle crash, your Boise personal injury lawyer will not only make certain you identify all of the parties at fault, but also provide you with the best chance to receive a full financial settlement.
Any Injury Could Be a Personal Injury
If your injury was the fault of another party, it could qualify as a personal injury regardless of specific type. Brain and spine injuries are easily some of the most serious, as they can irrevocably change your life for the worse. Brain injuries often result in decreased mental and emotional faculties, while spine injuries can hinder your mobility—and therefore your freedom.
Broken bones might seem common, but they can put you out of work while you heal and cause immense amounts of pain. Likewise with burn injuries, which could also result in permanent disfigurement.
Many people don’t realize it, but emotional and mental trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety can also be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit as long as they can be definitively linked to your accident. Your Boise personal injury lawyer will work closely with your doctor to make certain that your case correctly presents all of your injuries and how they’ve impacted your life.
Recover Your Damages and Expenses
Possibly the most difficult part of a personal injury case is accurately assessing its overall value in monetary terms. Direct expenses are obvious, but noneconomic losses that are intangible in nature can be more difficult to quantify.
A Boise personal injury lawyer from our firm will know how to accurately place a value on your claim. Doing so will ensure that your settlement meets all of your accident-related needs, both now and in the future.
Listed below are just a few of the direct expenses that you may be able to include in your personal injury claim:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Lost income and wages due to time off from work necessitated by your recovery
- Home modifications to accommodate your injury
- Property damage, such as to repair or replace your vehicle
- Caretaker expenses
Noneconomic losses should also be included in your settlement:
- Pain and suffering
- Decreased quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Court May Not Be Necessary
Even when they know they are completely justified, many injury victims are nervous about filing a personal injury lawsuit because they want to avoid going to court if at all possible. Fortunately, the fact is that the majority of claims settle out of court through negotiations.
Of course, there are times where the other side won’t take you seriously unless you file suit and get a court date scheduled. Even then, it’s still possible to settle ahead of time.
You should be prepared to go to court for a verdict, however, as sometimes it’s the only way to get the settlement you deserve. You can rest easy knowing that a Boise personal injury lawyer from our firm will be working with you every step of the way, so you’ll know what to do no matter what happens.
Boise Personal Injury FAQ
You’re all but certain to have questions after being injured in an accident caused by someone else. Here, we’ve answered a few of the questions we hear on a regular basis. For more information, please get in touch with a Boise personal injury lawyer from our office.
Who can sue for wrongful death in Idaho?
A deceased victim’s spouse, parents, child, or stepchild can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Other blood relatives may also file if they were at least partially financially dependent on the victim. The deceased’s heirs and estate representative are also eligible to bring a wrongful death suit.
How long is the Idaho statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits?
Idaho allows two years in which you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. The two-year time limit begins either on the date of the accident or the date your injury was diagnosed if there is reasonable justification for the delay.
If my doctor failed to diagnose me, does it count as medical malpractice?
Yes. Failing to diagnose an injury or condition correctly is considered medical malpractice. Because the doctor was incorrect, your condition may worsen without treatment—something that could have been avoided if the doctor hadn’t provided a negligent diagnosis at the start.
Retain a Boise Personal Injury Lawyer
You shouldn’t have to pay financially as well as physically or emotionally when someone else’s carelessness and recklessness caused your accident. At Craig Swapp & Associates, we fight on behalf of the injured and work hard to obtain the financial compensation our clients are due. To schedule a free consultation with a Boise personal injury lawyer, call us at 1-800-404-9000 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.
I had the privilege of having my personal injury claim handled by Mr. Swainston and Ms. Marshall both of whom couldn’t have been more helpful in helping me through the decidedly unpleasant experience of being struck by a car. If you’re reading this while considering hiring an attorney for your own claims, I can say without reservation that you need look no further to find the sort of people that will go out of their way to look after you and your best interests. — — Avery U., Boise, ID
At 43 years old, I was in my very first auto accident when I was hit by a drunk driver. I had never consulted an attorney for anything, so I was totally out of my comfort zone. “One Call, That’s All” was spot-on for starting the process, and Paul quickly recognized that I was new to this type of experience and regularly kept me in the loop and educated me about the process. I am 100% convinced that Paul represented my best interests and negotiated the highest settlement possible (it was above my expectation). If any of my family or friends are ever in a similar situation, I will definitely recommend they contact Craig Swapp. — — Mike S., Boise, ID