If you are struggling (financially, as well as health-wise) after an accident, you may wonder what else you could do. While you may have an insurance claim that you are waiting on, it may not be enough.
You may want to look at other options, including a personal injury lawsuit. If you are injured because of the negligence of somebody else, you may have a case. However, before you get started with one, you have to figure out whether or not you truly have a personal injury case.
Here are some things that you need to consider before meeting with a lawyer to start a personal injury case.
You need to be suffering from an injury and not just damage to your property. Your injury must be to your body, mind, or even your emotions. Car accidents where you just have damage to your vehicle do not count. However, if you have a broken body part also, you may have a case. If you end up suffering from anxiety or severe depression due to the accident, you could also argue a good case.
It is important to remember that you have to be able to prove that you have damage. If you are having emotional distress due to an accident, it is going to be harder to prove than other more obvious injuries.
Then, you need to prove that your injuries were due to the negligence of another person. You are going to have to prove that someone was acting careless and it caused your injury. They may have been driving distractedly and hit your vehicle. If you slipped and fell, you have to prove that they forgot to put signs out when they spilled water on the floor.
You also need to have recoverable damages. These damages are not only monetary damages. You can also be compensated for your injuries and other losses, such as time off of work due to your injuries.
You can be compensated for your pain and emotional suffering, your medical bills, and much more. If you become disabled, you can get more due to the decrease in your quality of life, as well as the extra costs needed to get your home and vehicle better suited for your needs.
To know for sure whether or not you have a personal injury case, you need to consult with a skilled lawyer. A lawyer would be happy to discuss your case to see if you have a real personal injury case. He or she will also be able to help you decide whether or not you have a good chance of winning so that you can decide whether or not you want to pursue your case.
The biggest thing with a personal injury lawsuit is that you have to prove that your injuries were the direct cause of someone’s negligence. Plus, you have to have recoverable damages, such as medical bills and lost wages. If you were hurt so bad that you were disabled, you are going to be eligible for monetary compensation to make your home and vehicle more accessible to your new lifestyle.
If you have any concerns or want to make sure that you have a case, you need to consult a skilled lawyer. He or she will help you go through your case and make sure that you are fairly compensated for all that you have lost. However, before you even get that far, he or she will let you know whether or not you have a good case.
Contact us for all of your legal needs. We would be glad to help you through this difficult time by making sure that you get the compensation that you deserve!
Disclaimer: The information contained on this page does not constitute an attorney client relationship. Be sure to contact our law office to discuss your case with an attorney.