Life happens to all of us. Most people experience some type of injury at some point in time. And of course most of us would rather simply heal up and move on. But some injuries are too big to be that simple. When bills from medical care or damaged property (such as your car, which you need to get to work) pile up and lead to lost wages, stress can make the suffering worse and your financial stability could be disrupted.
Injuries you sustain after an accident due to negligence or some other factors that are caused by someone else are certainly grounds for filing a claim and getting monetary compensation for all those complications.
There’s no simple black-and-white checklist you can follow, though. How do you know when you have a personal injury case?
A Legal Claim to Compensation
You can legally make a personal injury claim through a lawsuit with the help of an experienced law firm. When you sue another person or go through their insurance company, such as is the case if you are involved in a car accident in which the other person was responsible, you can recover compensation for your medical expenses and damages.
In addition, when you have a personal injury claim, you can also receive compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more when it’s appropriate.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
When you have been injured due to one of the most common types of personal injury causes, you may likely have a legitimate reason to file a lawsuit. Some common causes of personal injuries include:
- Car Accident: If another driver was negligent, whether you were struck in your car, on your motorcycle, while riding a bicycle, or just walking, you can file a personal injury claim.
- Slip and Fall: The property owner can be held liable for your injuries if you slip and fall on their premises if it was not maintained in a reasonable manner in which an accident should not have happened.
- Dog Bite/Attack: In some states, there is a strict liability law regarding being attacked and bitten by a dog. That means if you are injured by someone’s dog, the owner is considered responsible.
Evidence to Prove Your Claim
You should always have evidence to back up your claim when suing for personal injury. Evidence can be presented in the form of:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Photos from the scene of the accident
- Medical records
- Documentation of time you missed at work and lost wages
- Incident report (for slip and fall)
- Medical expert testimony by a doctor (for medical malpractice cases)
If you have suffered a major personal injury through no fault of your own, you may have just cause to file a lawsuit. Contact Kuzyk Law for a consultation with a personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience.
Our case evaluation is free, and we don’t get paid until we win your case for you! The longer you wait, the harder the case becomes, though, so call us right away!