Suffering an injury in a car crash, from a defective product, or because of a premises liability issue is traumatic. These injuries often require considerable medical care and possibly time off work. In more serious cases, the victim might not be able to return to work. In the most catastrophic of cases, the victim can die.
One option that victims of some incidents have is to seek compensation. This is their chance to shift the financial responsibility from themselves to the other party in the case.
When is a Personal Injury Claim Appropriate?
A personal injury claim is only possible if the injury was due to the negligence of another party. This could be a driver who was distracted, a company not having proper safety measures on a product, or a property owner failing to replace a broken stair railing.
The point of a personal injury claim is to show that the person could have prevented the incident from occurring by simply taking steps that a reasonable person would. In the case of a distracted driver, paying attention to the road instead of a text message could have prevented the crash.
Your personal injury claim must show how the person was negligent. It must also tie your injuries to the incident, which is often done through medical records. You also need to show that the injuries were the direct cause of the damages you’re claiming.
It’s highly unlikely that the defendant in the case will simply agree to pay you what you’re due. Instead, they tend to fight so they can pay as little as possible. Having a lawyer on your side who’s ready to go to battle for your rights is critical in these claims. There’s no reason why you should be held liable for the financial damages caused by another person’s negligence.
What Else Should You Know About Personal Injury Claims?
Many personal injury claims are settled out of court through a mediation process. While settling a case is often faster, it’s best to start preparing for a trial just in case the settlement doesn’t happen. During the mediation process, both sides discuss the situation to determine what type of mutually agreeable resolution they can come to.
These cases come with specific time limits, so you should get your case filed as quickly as possible. It’s important to act swiftly, but you have to be sure that you get all the damages filed with your initial claim. Once the case is closed, you can’t come back later to ask for more money just because you find out that it’s going to cost more than you expected to take care of your injuries.
Work With a Knowledgeable Attorney
You need to work on healing from the injuries. Working with the team at NicoletLaw.com enables you to heal while the professionals handle your case. We work closely with you to get your case ready to go against the other parties. While we do attempt a settlement, we also recognize the importance of preparing for a trial.