Thinking of Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim? 3 Ways to Know You Have a Strong Case
Have you suffered injuries in an accident that you did not cause? You may be able to collect financial compensation through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
However, some Mankato personal injury claims are stronger than others. If you have any of the following features in your case, you may have a strong chance of obtaining a successful personal injury settlement.
#1: You Were Not At Fault for Your Accident
Personal injury refers to an accident where someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness led to your injuries. You can seek compensation for your physical and emotional damages after these incidents. However, the defining feature of personal injury lawsuits is that you were not at fault in the first place.
If you were at fault for the accident, you likely will not win your case. However, if the other person acted in a way that put you in danger and led to your injuries, you have a greater chance of success. If you can establish that the other person was responsible for your injuries, you will likely receive the compensation you need to recover for your losses.
Liability for your injury can include someone else breaking a traffic law in car accident cases, selling a defective product in product liability cases, or failing to maintain a safe property in premises liability lawsuits. You can also hold medical professionals liable for your accident if they misdiagnosed you, used defective medical equipment, or failed to order proper medication.
#2: You Suffered Injuries and Have Records to Back Them Up
To claim compensation in a personal injury claim, you need to have suffered injuries that you can receive compensation for. These injuries can include physical damage, such as broken bones or internal bleeding, as well as emotional damage, such as mental anguish and post-traumatic stress disorder. You can also claim injuries such as lost wages or a loss of earning capacity, property damage, past and future medical expenses, and punitive damages for especially negligent circumstances.
If you have records and documentation that prove that you suffered from these injuries, you have a stronger case than you would without documentation. Medical records and doctors’ notes can provide invaluable proof of your damages. You can also supply time off paperwork from your job, vehicle repair bills, and any other document that proves your damages. For emotional and mental injuries, your attorney can consult with experts to help establish these injuries in the courtroom.
#3: You Can Prove That the Accident Caused Your Injuries
This element may be one of the more difficult points to prove in your personal injury case. In order to file a successful claim, you will need to prove that the accident caused your injuries. The accident must comprise the primary or a substantial cause of your injuries for you to receive compensation. If you cannot prove this element without additional evidence, your attorney can help you collect any information you need.
Many pieces of evidence can help you prove that the accident and the negligence of the at-fault party led to your accident. You can provide a copy of the police report, where the responding officer likely provided a statement on what happened to lead to your injuries. You can supply your medical records and speak to medical witnesses. You can also collect information from the witnesses at the scene to provide insight into your injuries. In addition, your attorney can review security footage and other pieces of evidence to prove causation in your case.
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With these elements in place, it is likely that you have a strong personal injury case and you should begin the claims process as soon as possible. Contact a Mankato personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and legal options.