We know you’re hurting.
Your leg hurts, and itches a lot in that cast. And you are lost mentally because you’ve missed so much time from work and the work is piling up, and you haven’t been able to take care of things at home.
You’re still mad. You didn’t do anything wrong, but you are severely injured and you really want there to be some responsibility. You can’t handle all this pressure and weight on your own shoulders when you didn’t do anything wrong! But then you get even more stressed because … what if I need to go to court with a personal-injury claim, and I lose? Can I afford a loss?
If you’re stressing out about everyday things, then there is a chance that you can’t afford to file a lawsuit that you could potentially lose because it was filed out of frustration and anger. While the frustration and anger and fear are certainly normal responses and understandable, emotion alone does not win a personal-injury claim, even if the emotion can be sympathized by members of the jury or a judge.
Personal-injury claims can be a crapshoot, but if you know the three main aspects needed for a successful personal-injury case, it can give you the confidence to file the claim and ensure accountability for your injuries so you can start to put your life back together again. And having a quality personal-injury attorney to help you properly investigate the incident and show you how the personal-injury claim can be proved, will be a great asset and a wise investment.
The first requirement of a personal-injury claim is proving that the party responsible for the injuries was negligent or careless. If you fell down a flight of stairs because you tripped over a loose board that the responsible party knew about and didn’t fix, then you could establish negligence.
The second requirement of a successful claim is to establish that the negligence cause the injury. This is done by proving that if it wasn’t for the loose board on the stairs, you would not have fallen down the entire flight of stairs and broke your upper leg. At the very least, you should be able to prove that your injuries could not have been caused by anything other than the loose board.
The third requirement is to prove that there has been harm as a result of the negligence and resulting injuries. This is where you can provide medical bills, proof of lost wages, and even claim some mental or emotional distress from the injury (you’ve been anxious lately because you’ve missed work and now you are late on your bills, as an example).
If you have been injured, it would be a good idea to advise with a personal-injury attorney in your area and immediately have him or her thoroughly investigate your case based on these three requirements. Getting all the facts and information before filing a claim can save you a lot of anxiety and aggravation, and your attorney can tell you if you have a good chance of winning.
For more information speak with a Personal injury attorney.