If you sustained injuries because of someone’s carelessness or negligence, you may have a personal injury case. A personal injury lawyer will help determine if you are eligible to file a claim and the options you can pursue.
Key Parts of a Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury cases involve a cause of action for negligence. To pursue damages, you must be able to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care: Establishing a duty of care can be challenging in some cases, while in others it can be straightforward. In a car accident, for example, the defendant has a clear obligation to follow the rules and laws of the roadways, including acting with proper care and caution for others.
- The at-fault party violated or breached that duty: The defendant behaved negligently, breaching their duty of care to you.
- The breach led to injury or harm: As a result of their actions or inactions, you suffered injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result: You have medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering from your injuries.
Investigating what happened will help us establish how the responsible party’s negligent actions caused your injuries and damages.
If you or a loved one was injured by a defective product, you may not be required to establish the above criteria. Our team can determine the steps necessary to hold the responsible parties liable.
Building Your Injury Case
Crafting a case against the liable party can require a lot of time and resources. Determining the next steps to take can also be challenging, which is why hiring a lawyer can be the best use of your resources. A personal injury lawyer can:
- Investigate your accident
- Communicate with other parties on your behalf, such as insurance companies
- Help determine an amount for recoverable damages
- Complete and file paperwork, ensuring timelines are met so you don’t lose the opportunity to receive compensation
Attempting to handle your own claim may complicate the process; hiring a lawyer can increase your chances of building a strong case.
Examples of Personal Injury Cases
Every personal injury case is different from the others. However, here are some examples of accidents that may qualify you for an injury claim:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall cases
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
There are other bases for a personal injury case beyond this list. If you believe you have the key elements of a personal injury lawsuit, talk through the details of your accident with a team member at our personal injury law firm.
Types of Recoverable Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
There are two categories of damages that are meant to compensate for losses endured: economic and non-economic. Since each case is different, the compensation you are entitled to will be unique to you. However, there are common damages that many victims incur.
Economic damages are injury- or accident-related expenses, such as:
- Lost or reduced income as a result of your injuries from the accident
- Medical bills for medical care, treatments, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medications
- Cost to repair or replace any property damaged during the accident
Non-economic damages are typically more challenging to measure than economic damages. Some examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- A physical disability or disfigurement as a result of the accident: This can alter your level of independence compared to before the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment of life: This means you can no longer enjoy activities as before the accident.
The damages you endured can affect you now and in the future, which is why it is important you seek the compensation you need and deserve.
Documents to Collect for a Personal Injury Case
After being in an accident, it is important to keep and organize all documentation related to the incident. This can include a variety of documents. If you are unsure whether you should keep it, do so and a lawyer can help determine if it’s needed or not.
Be sure to collect any documents regarding medical care related to the accident, such as:
- Receipts or bills
- Description of medical care received
- Treatment plan needed for recovery
- Injury photos and descriptions
Other documentation to file could be:
- Other party’s insurance information
- Witness statements
- Description of how the accident happened
- Any photos from the scene
- Police report or police report number
Talk With a Lawyer From Our Firm to Determine if You Have a Personal Injury Claim
If you have been injured because of someone else’s actions, contact a personal injury lawyer from Greenberg Gross to determine if you have a valid case. We can evaluate your case, and present you with options on how to move forward legally.