There are probably many things going through your mind if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident. You are likely thinking about healthcare, finances, and planning for the future. On top of that, you may also be thinking about whether or not you should sue for personal injury.
Suing for personal injury is a way to ensure that healthcare, finances, and planning for the future are more secure for you or the loved one involved in the accident.
If you or someone close to you have been in an accident, consider taking steps to successfully sue for personal injury.
Should You Pursue a Personal Injury Case?
Being involved in an accident doesn’t necessarily mean you should sue for personal injury. Specific criteria must be met for the case to hold up in court.
In order to sue for personal injury:
- You must prove that the accident was caused by negligence. A person or business was aware of an unsafe consideration or could have prevented an unsafe condition but did not act to resolve it.
- You must prove that the accident caused the injury. The injury was a direct result of the accident.
- You must prove that the accident caused damages. The injured party sustained financial, emotional, and/or physical damages as a result of the injury.
4 Steps to Sue for Personal Injury
If you believe your situation meets the criteria listed above, take the following steps to sue for personal injury.
#1) Seek medical attention.
If you are involved in an accident, the first thing you should always do is seek professional medical care.
Even if you don’t feel like you are injured, you should seek care to ensure that there are not any underlying issues that can cause future problems.
Seeking medical care is also important as it will produce medical documents that outline and describe your injuries. These documents will provide support for your case if you seek to sue for personal injury.
#2) Document the accident and collect evidence.
To successfully sue for personal injury, you must have proof of negligence and damages. It is imperative that you have documents and evidence that prove both.
Collect the following information:
- Detailed account of the accident (the injured party should write a timeline of relevant events that occurred before and after the accident)
- Testimony from witnesses (and contact information for witnesses so an attorney can question them again if needed)
- Police report (and the name of involved police officers in case they need to be re-interviewed)
- Incident report (if the accident happened on business property)
- Photos of your injuries (capture the initial injury and take photos as the injury progresses)
- Photos of damaged property
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Documents that show missed opportunities (missed work hours, canceled vacations, etc.)
The more information you can provide to your attorney, the better. The details will help your attorney craft the best case.
#3) Get a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.
If you sue for personal injury, you should not be burdened with expenses in addition to the costs associated with your accident. Look for a personal injury attorney who offers free consultations so you can explain the details of your case and determine if the case is worth pursuing at no cost to you.
During this initial meeting, get answers to your questions about personal injury and find out if you have a viable case.
#4) Let your attorney determine what your case is worth.
If you are considering suing for personal injury, you may be eager to find out what type of compensation you can receive. You may even have an idea of what you think is fair. But, it is best to let your attorney determine what your case is worth.
Many factors impact how much you can sue for in a personal injury case. Before you get an idea in your mind about how much you believe the case is worth, let an attorney work through the details and give you an estimate of what a fair and reasonable settlement will look like.
If you work with an experienced personal injury attorney, they will know what is the best way to approach your case and get the highest settlement possible.
Ready to Sue for Personal Injury?
If you or a loved one were injured as the result of the negligence of a person or business, you have the right to sue for personal injury and seek damages. You have a legal right to seek support to help you or your loved one recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
Don’t deal with the stress and pain on your own. Seek support from a professional personal injury attorney who knows how to take on insurance companies to get what is fair and due to you.
Contact TJ Grimaldi today to schedule your free consultation to see how he can help you heal and be made complete after an accident. Schedule your consultation or call 813-226-1023 today.