You have been hurt…what next, what do you do? Is the harm you have sustained such that you even have a valid personal injury claim? To answer this question, you need to understand the basic definition of a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim occurs when someone or something has caused you to suffer damage or harm and as a result of this, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you have sustained. Therefore, a personal injury claim is usually initiated to help compensate a victim or victims of accidents or wrongdoings.
In a personal injury case, the plaintiff is the person who is injured, and the defendant is the person whose negligence caused an injury or loss to the victim.
There are a variety of situations that can give rise to a valid personal injury claim but remember that just because you have an injury, this injury does not automatically result in legal liability and an injury does not automatically mean you are owed money or compensation. This is definitely where seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney is beneficial.
There are so many different scenarios and events that can create injury or harm and an attorney can help you determine if pursuing a personal injury case is the best option for you.
Specific events that can lead to one suffering harm, injury or death and ultimately becoming a valid personal injury case can include a motor vehicle accident, instances of medical malpractice, wrongful death, a workplace accident, premises liability likes slips, trips and falls, product liability, nursing home neglect, aviation and boating accidents, animal and dog bites, burns and spinal cord injuries and many other types of injuries.
When you have been injured or lost a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, neglect, or wrongdoing, you have the right under our legal system to pursue monetary compensation for your personal injury or loss.
While no one enjoys suing someone else, it is your legal right to do so. Therefore, never feel bad for doing this.
After suffering in injury, your loss can be physical, psychological, or financial. These losses can include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property loss, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, loss of a normal life and many other damages. Again, seeking compensation for these types of losses, when you have been legally wronged, is not something to be ashamed of or feel bad about. It is your legal right.
Sustaining injuries as a result of an incident mentioned earlier is not a guarantee for a big settlement and understanding this up front is helpful. These damages can be affected by things like the negligence in the case (if you share in that negligence) as well as a plaintiff’s failure to mitigate damages after an incident. Therefore, hiring an experienced attorney can help navigate this process effectively and assist you in answering the questions of “is this a valid personal injury case to pursue”.