How to Know if I Have a Personal Injury Case?

You might have a viable personal injury claim if the injuries you experienced resulted from the negligence or carelessness of another party. However, it is necessary to substantiate your rights to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. It is smart to hire a personal injury lawyer to help with your case in this situation.

Your attorney can help prove the at-fault party:

  • Owed you a duty of care
  • Violated this responsibility
  • Resulted in physical injuries
  • Caused financial damages

If your attorney can prove the legal elements of negligence, they will see that you have a viable claim and be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

Expanding on the points above is important since this will determine if you have a personal injury claim worth pursuing.

It is necessary to prove that the at-fault party acted negligently. An example would be a truck driver crashing into your car because they did not see or ignore a stop sign. In this case, based on the law, the truck driver would be considered negligent.

At this point, you must show that the negligence resulted in your injury. In the example used above, if you experienced severe headaches and a broken leg because of the accident, then the truck driver’s negligence would have caused your injury.

The last step is to show that the injury resulted in some harm that can be compensated. Using the same example, if your leg is broken and you have headaches resulting in lost wages, medical costs, and pain or suffering, compensatory damages are involved. At this point, you have proven negligence and have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Injuries That May Result in Personal Injury Compensation

As mentioned above, to recover personal injury compensation, the incident that resulted in your injuries must have been caused by negligence. Some examples of this include the following:

  • Medical malpractice like delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
  • Car accidents resulting from distracted driving
  • Being attacked or bitten by a dog in the neighborhood or dog park
  • Falling down icy commercial or residential steps
  • Experiencing physical assault because of faulty security

It is worth mentioning that this list of examples is not exhaustive. If you are involved in an accident and believe you have a viable personal injury lawsuit, contact our legal team for help. We can review your case to help determine if your case qualifies you for compensation.

Types of Compensation Awarded in Personal Injury Cases

It is often challenging to calculate personal injury compensation because of the unique circumstances of each case. In some situations, you may be able to receive compensation for public humiliation, while in other situations, it is for tangible losses, such as:

  • Property damage
  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Income loss
  • Physical disfigurement
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Mental trauma

Your lawyer can help you request and organize the documents needed to prove that the at-fault party should be financially liable for your injuries and losses. They can also ensure that your case file is complete and that you have a strong case to present to the other party for compensation.

Documents Needed for Your Personal Injury Case

Some of the documentation that you need to have when filing a personal injury claim include the following:

  • All related medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Written prognosis report from your doctor
  • Accident scene photos
  • Financial history records
  • Injury photos

Your attorney can use the documents listed above to tell a “story” about the accident, how it occurred, and how it has impacted your life. They will also use this information to show how the at-fault party’s negligence led to your personal losses.

Do Not Wait to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney to Help with Your Case

If you are injured because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, you may wonder what options you have for compensation. While filing a personal injury lawsuit can be confusing and challenging, it will help you recover the money needed to help you overcome the costs caused by the accident.

At Fetterman & Associates, PA, our legal team is ready to help with your personal injury claim. The first step is to contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation.

We can review the facts of your case and work to build a case that helps you recover the maximum amount of compensation for your case. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work for you.

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