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Suing for Personal Injury 101

Personal Injury Lawyer

Suing for personal injury can seem complex. You may be unsure exactly who is at fault for causing your injury or how to get the process going. Read the information below to help you understand who you may be able to sue and how to get started.

Where Did the Injury Occur?

Pinpointing exactly where your accident occurred is essential in determining who could be legally responsible for compensating you for the damages you have suffered. Damages often include your lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. For injuries sustained due to a car accident in which the other driver was deemed to be at fault or was driving recklessly, you may be able to file a lawsuit suing that driver. If you were hurt at work, regardless of how it happened, you may be able to hold your employer legally accountable for the losses you endured.  Further, for ongoing issues resulting from negligent medical care, you could potentially bring a lawsuit against the physician that attended to you or the hospital at which you received the care with the help of a personal injury lawyer like one from Ward & Ward Law Firm.

Have You Documented the Incident?

If you did sustain injuries because of another party\’s actions but did not retain any documentation, it could be very difficult to file a lawsuit. You should keep all documentation related to your accident filed together to be referenced quickly and provided to an attorney should you decide to hire one. This means that you should request and retain all medical records, incident reports, photographs of the incident, police reports and any other documents related to your injury. When you are injured, be sure that you inform someone at the site, whether it is a store, your place of business or the scene of an auto crash. Additionally, obtain written eyewitness statements whenever possible.

Have You Documented Your Losses?

It is imperative to thoroughly document the losses you incurred as a result of the injury. Keep a log of all of the work and pay you missed out on because of the harm caused to you by the accident. Further, you may want to notate missed opportunities at your place of business such as overtime or promotions you were ineligible due to being out of work. You may also be able to include pain and suffering as a part of your lawsuit.

Contact a personal injury attorney to help you determine if you may have a case of a personal injury lawsuit.