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The Basics of Personal Injury

The Basics of Personal Injury

Personal injury can happen in a variety of ways. For example, you may have suffered from an automobile accident, construction accident, nursing home negligence, or even an entirely different type of accident altogether. No matter the context in which your personal injury occurs, however, it is almost always a shocking and traumatic experience.

Oftentimes, victims of personal injury have to undergo intensive medical care. This may include surgery or other drastic and expensive treatments. Sometimes, even that is not enough—leaving victims with lifelong disabilities and/or a severely lessened quality of life. Of course, this is not the end of it. You also have to find a way to pay for all your necessary treatments—and deal with any property damage or emotional suffering you may have incurred as a result of your accident.

With all this in mind, it is not dramatic to say that personal injury is one of the most stressful experiences a person may ever go through. It can make anyone feel as though they are totally ready to break. Fortunately, there is some good news: Depending on your case, you may have the right to collect compensation for your losses. Read on to find out more.

Determining Liability

Every personal injury case is based on at least one party’s negligence. In other words, you must be able to prove that your accident was a direct result of someone else’s negligence or otherwise wrongful actions. This makes them at fault (or liable) for any losses you have suffered. If you feel that you were totally at fault for your accident, it is likely that you do not have a legitimate personal injury claim on your hands.

When it comes to proving fault, it is easier to be proactive than reactive. In other words, do not hesitate to start collecting evidence. As a matter of fact, it should be one of the first things you do after your accident. Remember, a jury can only go off of the facts you present them. A simple testimony is not enough—no matter how open-and-shut you think your case is. You need proof.

The good news is that collecting evidence can be fairly simple if you know what you are looking for. You can start by simply taking photographs of your injuries and any other relevant information immediately after the accident. This means taking photographs of the accident scene, any property damage you may have incurred, or anything else you feel may help your case. You should also keep extensive copies of your medical records and expenses.

If possible, try to procure a witness testimony. This can be one of the most valuable pieces of evidence you have, since it has the potential to take your case beyond a simple “he said, she said” situation. Ask nearby passersby, passengers, pedestrians, or other drivers if they witnessed the accident and if they would be willing to testify. If they agree, get their contact information in case you need to get in touch with them again later.

Collecting evidence can be more difficult if you are working backward (as in, after some time has passed since you have left the accident scene). The good news is a trusted personal injury lawyer may be able to help. They may even be able to get you in contact with an accident reconstruction expert.

Calculating Damages

Still, filing a personal injury claim is not exactly a walk in the park. While a good attorney can certainly be a huge help, pursuing a case still demands a lot of time, energy, and emotional stamina from a plaintiff. Because of this, you will want to take the time to consider whether or not you actually have the resolve to pursue a personal injury case.

You will want to ask yourself honestly how much your claim is really worth. Unfortunately, it can be extraordinarily difficult to answer this question on your own—especially because insurance companies will often try to lowball personal injury victims in order to minimize their payout. Some websites claim to be able to estimate a case’s value, but even that can be unreliable. After all, there are always dynamic factors in flux that may not be able to be fully assessed by a machine. Consulting a personal injury lawyer is the best way to get the truest estimation of your claim’s value.

Act Quickly

Time is of the essence when you are working with a personal injury claim, no matter how much evidence you have on your side. Almost every type of accident comes with its own statute of limitations. Failing to file before your statute of limitations expires means you may be indefinitely barred from seeking out any compensation. At this point, it is highly unlikely that a court will agree to hear your case.

You may think that this means you can just wait until the last minute to file. But this is not a good idea either. The fact of the matter is that lawyers need time to consider and build a successful personal injury claim. If you decide to take action too close to the statute of limitations, it is possible that your lawyer may feel that they do not have enough time to prepare—and reject your case entirely.

Seeking Legal Help

We know that dealing with personal injury is hard. You become immediately overwhelmed with things to do after your accident, and it does not have to be long before you feel like you are swamped with more than you can handle. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it alone. A trusted nationwide personal injury attorney may be able to help.

At Injury Victim Law, we know that you want to have the quickest and smoothest possible transition back into your everyday life. That is why we are dedicated to bringing you the most efficient results for your personal injury case. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the nation.

You should never have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes. That is why there is nothing more important to us than helping our clients. We are here to protect your legal rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our qualified attorneys. Let us take care of the rest.

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