Accidents are something we all hope to avoid, but accidents happen when we least expect them. If you or a family member have suffered an injury in an accident, there are certain criteria that have to be met in order to file a personal injury claim. This article will explain the criteria, and exactly what you can do to try and receive some relief.
Who is at Fault?
If you are injured as the result of someone else’s carelessness, you may have a personal injury claim. This type of carelessness can take many forms. A car accident caused by the other driver’s failure to follow traffic laws, or an injury that results from the failure of a business to follow safety protocols would meet the definition of negligence. If a police report is filed in a car accident naming the other driver at fault, you may have a personal injury claim.
Did the Negligence Cause Injury?
A personal injury claim can be filed if you received a personal injury. The legal definition of personal injury is “A failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” Personal injury means that you have suffered physical, mental or emotional injury due to someone’s negligence or actions.
Broken bones are not the only reasons to file a personal injury claim. Accidents can cause mental stress that can have lasting effects even after the broken bones are healed. It is important to not discount the emotional trauma you have endured due to the actions of someone else.
Have You Suffered Financially?
If you have incurred medical bills as a result of your accident, you may have the right to claim compensation for those losses. If you have suffered property damage from the accident and had to pay for repairs, a personal injury claim can help recover those costs as well. If you suffer from a pre-existing condition, this doesn’t mean your case will not qualify for a personal injury claim. If the accident caused your pre-existing condition to worsen, you may have a claim.
For example, if you suffer from a bad back, and your condition is exacerbated by a car collision, a personal injury attorney can help prove your condition was exacerbated by the accident. Financial loss can also result from your inability to work after an accident. Lost wages are considered in a personal injury claim and can help you recover your economic stability as you heal.
Accidents happen, but you should not have to pay the price for someone else’s negligence. If you believe you meet the criteria for a personal injury claim, the team at Ligori & Ligori can help. Our experienced attorneys will discuss your case with you and explain all your options so you can make an informed decision. You do not have to travel this road alone. Let us help you find relief. Call us today at (813) 254-7119 to schedule a free consultation.
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