Were you injured because of someone else's negligence, recklessness or poor choices? Did that injury cost you money in medical bills, lost wages or property damage? If so, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Successful personal injury claims are comprised of several very important elements.
In order to file a successful claim, you will need to prove:
One of the most important elements of a personal injury case is proving that there is a party-at-fault. This may be a property owner, a drunk driver, a nurse or doctor, an employer or a motorist. Regardless of who is at-fault for your injuries, you will need to provide documented or physical evidence of the liability. After you have successful shown that the defendant could have prevented your injuries through better caution or care, you will have a greater chance of achieving a satisfactory settlement or verdict.
You cannot prove fault in cases where you were acting recklessly and this caused your injury. For example, if you are racing a shopping cart through a supermarket and suffer injury when the cart smashes into a display, chances are that you will not win your lawsuit because your behavior was dangerous. Additionally, if you trespass onto another's property, the property owner may not be held liable for any injuries that you suffer.
To file a personal injury claim, you will need to evidence that you have suffered a serious injury. For example, if you scrape your leg on a chain-link fence and suffer a small laceration that does not require immediate medical attention, you probably don't have a case. On the other hand, if you slip and fall in a grocery store on a puddle of water and suffer a traumatic brain injury, you most certainly have an argument for liability.
If you have more questions about whether or not you have a case and whether or not you can file, don't hesitate to contact our firm today! At Cranston & Edwards, PLLC, we are committed to helping you get the compensation you need!