Shares the Facts About Personal Injury

    CHET ZAWALICHSouth Bend Personal Injury Attorney

    Sometimes Bad Stuff Happens. Unfortunately, sometimes it happens to good people. When the "Bad Stuff" is in the form of injury resulting from some form of accident then you better understand your rights, what steps you need to take to protect yourself and ad much as anything else, the things you should never do.

    When people find themselves in a situation where they are victims of accidents or personal injury or the death of a loved one caused my the negligence or fault of someone else there is often confusion, anger and pain associated. If you have experienced these situations you need to understand that these are very common feelings. If you make the decision to take action in protecting your rights after an accident or injury, you will certainly have many questions. That's where a good, persona injury attorney becomes vital. Below you will find some professional direction from Personal Injury Attorney Chet Zawalich. Chet is a well respected South Bend attorney who has focused on Personal Injury law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Cases for over 30 years.

    Personal Injury Cases are legal disputes that arise when someone has been injured or suffers from an accident or injury and another party is or might be responsible. for that injury or harm. An actual Personal Injury Case becomes formal when civil court proceedings are filed on the behalf of an injured party (victim of an accident or injury) and the party that may be legally responsible. Ultimately the goal should be to reward the injured party for their suffering and or other related damages. This can happen through a court judgment, mediation, arbitration or as in most instances through another form of informal settlement or negotiation. Many Personal Injury disputes are resolved through informal some form of settlement before any lawsuit is filed.


    Do Not Ever Sign a Releases, Settlements or Waivers Without Professional Advice or Guidance

    One of the most common mistakes an injured party makes is to sign anything before getting the right Legal Advice. When a personal injury victim does this, they more often than not sign away all of their rights. Unfortunately this is usually irreversible. Do Not Sign anything without good Legal Counsel.

    Be Aware of the Statute of Limitations

    As an injured party you have a limited time in which to file a lawsuit. This is referred to as a statute of limitations." Basically what that means is that there is a specific period of time dictated by law that you can file a law suit in an attempt to be compensated for damages or injuries. The statute begins immediately when the plaintiff is injured or discovers the injury. Each state has its own statutes of limitations and they often vary by type of injury. This is just one of the areas that you will need professional advice and guidance because once a statute of limitations expires so do your rights regarding that specific injury or associated damages.

    Do Not Rush Into Hiring an Attorney That Might Not Be the Best Counsel for You Situation

    While hiring Legal Counsel can be a very significant part of getting properly compensated for personal injuries (and associated damages) caused by another party, it is just as important to make sure you have the right Legal counsel. You need to understand what type of case you have, how complex your case is and what your objectives are regarding settling or trying your case and what your expectations are. Always remember; different attorneys offer different approaches, provide different services, have different terms and of course have things that they are better or not as good at. They also have different styles of offices, personnel and different approaches to cases. Finally they all have different personalities and you are going to want an attorney that you can get along with. These are all important factors in the decision to hire the best Personal Injury Attorney for you.


    If you believe you've been injured or damaged in any way, whether it be an accident, medical malpractice, slips and falls claim, or any other personal injury case, you should ask the law office you choose to if they will provide you with a free case evaluation or a free personal injury case review. If they do not you may want to consider another law firm or accident lawyer. I personally believe that everyone is entitled to a fair shake if they've been injured. A good lawyer or legal firm should offer you a detailed understanding of the your personal injury or wrongful death case. You need to understand the processes and the law so that you can make the most educated and informed decision on hiring an accident or injury attorney and that includes medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

    Chet Zawalich is a South Bend Attorney that has a primary focus on: personal injury cases, accident injuries, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases

    Law Offices of Chet Zawalich
    401 East Colfax,
    South Bend, Indiana 46617

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