Three questions that will help you decide if you want to pursue a personal injury claim

How to Tell If You Should File a Personal Injury Claim

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you may wonder if it’s worth your while to take legal action. Here are three questions to ask yourself to help you decide.

Can You Prove You Suffered a Personal Injury?

Obviously, in order to file a personal injury claim you must be able to prove that you suffered harm. This harm could be physical or psychological or both. You must have documentation of this harm. So, for example, if you suffered whiplash in a car accident but you never saw a doctor, you won’t have any proof beyond your word that you were injured, and your ability to pursue a claim will be severely compromised.

Was Someone Else’s Negligence to Blame for Your Injury?

In order to receive compensation for an injury, you must establish who caused that injury and prove that they were acting negligently. This can be tricky, especially in situations like car accidents where there may be multiple factors contributing to an accident and therefore multiple liable parties. It’s even possible for the victim to be assigned a share of the liability. However, you can still receive partial compensation even if you were partially liable for your own injuries.

How Big Are Your Damages?

Estimating the potential compensation in a personal injury case is difficult, since it depends on a variety of factors including the strength of the evidence and whether or not you can reach a settlement with the defendant. However, the most important factor is the value of your medical bills and your lost wages. These are fixed costs that your compensation will be based on. Additionally, you will be able to seek damages for pain and suffering, which may be worth much more than your medical bills and lost wages alone. Bear in mind that whatever compensation you receive will be reduced by your attorney’s fees and other expenses.

Ask an Attorney

Ultimately, the best way to determine if you have legal grounds to file a personal injury claim and if doing so is in your best interests is to ask a personal injury attorney. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have over 40 years’ experience in all kinds of personal injury cases. You can rely on us for an honest assessment of your chances of winning your case and the range of compensation you can expect, based on our professional experience. Call us at 800-333-0000 now for a free consultation.

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