If you’ve been in an accident or incident of any kind – from slipping and falling to being in a car wreck – you may wonder if you need to file a personal injury claim.
Here’s what you need to know.
Personal Injury Claims Have to Involve Injury
For starters, there has to be some kind of damages involved when it comes to a personal injury for your claim to be successful.
Let’s say you’re involved in a minor fender-bender. Someone taps your car from behind and dents your fender. It’s not a big deal – no one is injured – and the insurance companies pay for everything. In this case, there’s no need for a lawyer.
But let’s say you get into an accident, and you get injured. You have to go to the hospital and get treated, but insurance companies won’t pay for all of your treatment. That represents the beginnings of damages you can pursue.
The more serious the injury, the more of a personal injury claim you have, all other things considered equal. You have to be able to show the court that you were wronged and harmed in some way that has value of some sort. This includes medical treatment and lost wages, but also includes payment for pain and suffering.
So, if you were injured, then you should strongly consider a personal injury claim and contact a reputable attorney.
Someone Else Has to Be Responsible
In Alabama, if you are found by the court to be at least partially responsible for your injury, then you won’t receive any compensation. This is not necessarily the case, in situations in other states outside Alabama (such as Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi). So, know that a personal injury lawsuit will only succeed if someone else is at fault.
That’s why talking to your lawyer is so important. You need to know what to do and who you should go after when it comes to getting justly compensated.
If in doubt, talk to a lawyer. It’s free and you risk nothing. You may or may not have a case, but until you discuss your options with an attorney, you won’t know for sure.
Wettermark Keith has a roster of experienced personal injury attorneys who have represented families from all walks of life in serious car accident cases. Our commitment to caring for you and your family is built on a strong foundation of compassion. Contact our team to learn how you can get justice for your case.