Injuries happen all the time, but they’re never planned for. They damage your health, of course, but they also do some serious damage to your finances and quality of life as well if they’re severe enough. Hospital bills, days away from work, and all the assistance required to get around with the right (or wrong) kind of injury rack up enough dollar signs, so how are you supposed to circumvent those debts? If someone caused your injury, you may be able to get compensation by making a personal injury claim. However it can be tough to know if your case will hold up as a claim, especially if it moves on to court.
First thing’s first to know if your case will qualify—the only way to ensure that you have a valid case is to get legal help as soon as possible, meaning you need to speak with qualified personal injury attorneys such as Attorney Boughter or Attorney Sinak of Boughter Sinak, LLC. After that, it comes down to determining whether the injury you sustained was caused by someone else’s negligence. In a personal injury case, the following must be proven:
- That you have a documented injury.
- That the person at fault in your personal injury claim was, in fact, negligent.
- That the at-fault person’s negligence caused your injury.
If you’re injured, it’s important that you visit a doctor or hospital depending on the severity of your injury—both for the sake of your health and so you have your injury documented for later reference if you have to make a claim. The longer you wait to get medical attention for your injury, the easier it will be for the other person’s insurance company to claim that your injury wasn’t severe enough to warrant the claim or it occurred separately from the accident.
In that same vein, keep detailed notes and records of your pain, medical costs, and healthcare appointments—the nature and cost of your treatment will make a huge difference in your case and the compensation you receive. An additional support in your case are any eyewitness testimonies you can bring forward, as any unbiased recollections of the accident scene from witnesses will give your case more credibility.
The most common accident claims that come up due to someone’s negligence include car accidents due to speeding or being reckless and/or under the influence, slippery orders neglected by a property owner or employees on that property, poorly maintained stairs that can lead to a fall, or being bitten by a dog that is not leashed or being monitored properly by the owner.
In cases like this, it is very important that you don't have any contact with the negligent party's insurance company. They will likely try to force you into an early settlement or downplay the injuries you've sustained. Unlike our team of experienced injury attorneys, the insurance company does not have your best interest. We will work with you to assess your case in a free consultation and determine if you have a personal injury claim. From there, we'll fight for you every step of the way to ensure maximum compensation for your losses. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.