If you have recently been injured, become seriously ill, or a loved one has died due to an injury, you may have cause for a personal injury lawsuit. But not all injuries qualify, so how do you really know?
Luckily, there are certain factors that can help you determine if a lawsuit is the right choice for you. Let’s look at 5 signs you should file a personal injury lawsuit.
Another person caused your injury.
Someone else causing your injury is pretty much the ground floor for filing a personal injury claim. Car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, and pedestrian accidents tend to fall into this category. If you were riding a bicycle and were hit by a car and broke your arm, you could most likely sue the driver of the vehicle for damages. The same principle would apply to any of these scenarios.
Unfortunately, it’s not always quite so clear cut. For example, if someone slips on a spill in a grocery store and breaks a hip, the fault could lie with the injured individual or with the property owner. The best way to know for sure if you have a viable personal injury lawsuit is to sit down with an experienced injury attorney and go over the details of your case.
You needed medical treatment for your injuries.
If you cut your finger or scrape your knee, you don’t have a personal injury case on your hands. Those are minor injuries that most likely won’t affect your normal routine.
But if you need to see a doctor or go to a hospital, you might be able to file a lawsuit to cover your medical fees and seek other damages. When you see a medical professional, however, make sure you get a copy of the necessary documentation to prove that you did in fact get treatment for your injuries.
You were injured on someone else’s property.
You could be injured in a slip and fall accident in a retail store, tripping over building stairs, hanging out at a friend’s house, or even if you’re the victim of a violent crime in a parking lot. When these kinds of things happen, on another person’s property, you may have a suit depending upon the particular circumstances.
Why? Because a property owner is responsible for maintaining their property and anticipating potential risks and hazards.
A loved one died due to sustained injuries.
If you were in a car accident and a loved one died as a result of injuries from that car accident, you most likely will have a valid wrongful death lawsuit. Or it could have been a medical error, work injury, or slip and fall accident. Whoever was responsible for and caused the loss could be sued by you on behalf of your family member.
A medical professional caused your injury.
Medical professionals make mistakes, but an illness or injury suffered at the hands of a medical professional could turn into a personal injury lawsuit. Whether you were misdiagnosed, received the wrong prescription, or were the victim of a medical error or malpractice, you might be able to sue the medical professional.