Most clients believe that when they have been injured, the party responsible for causing that injury should pay them to repair the damage they have caused. That belief is entirely reasonable and justified. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, the responsible party (or their insurer) oftentimes have teams of lawyers dedicated to not paying you, or to paying you as little as possible.
That is why it is imperative for you to speak with an attorney if you have been injured. You have rights, and you have a story to tell, but without effective legal representation to help you navigate your claim, there is a very real chance that you will not recover the maximum amount possible.For any personal injury claim to be successful, there are, broadly speaking, two things an injured party must prove: Fault, and Damages.
Fault, or liability, in the most general terms, that another party is responsible for the injury you suffered. They may have acted intentionally to cause your harm (think of someone vandalizing your property), or, more commonly, they may have acted negligently (think of a car accident). The particular legal theory of fault that applies to your case will depend on your case’s facts, and identifying this legal theory is critical.
Showing that it is someone else’s fault you were injured is only the first step in a successful claim. The second, is proving how much ‘damage’ you suffered that was the other party’s fault. Typically, in a personal injury case, damages will be made up of medical expenses. Lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, or other sources of financial loss can be sought as damages as well, but need to be assessed on a case by case basis.
I provide a free consultation to personal injury clients to review the facts of your case, and give you my professional legal opinion as to your ability to prove both Fault and Damages. Don’t hesitate to call or email me to set your consultation up today!