How to Know Whether You Have a Personal Injury Case

Personal injury cases can be difficult, but everyone has the right to see if they are entitled to open a case. If you or someone that you love has been injured due to the carelessness of another individual, there are a few standard requirements that your case must hit in order for you to gain some compensation. Read on to find out whether you or your loved one has a personal injury case.

Negligence

The first step in building your personal injury case is proving that the individual or company that caused harm to you or somebody else did so due to carelessness or negligent behaviors. Some examples of this include road traffic accidents, accidents in the workplace or an accident in a public place.

Road traffic accidents are usually classed as a personal injury case where the driver can be proven to be careless; such as spending time on their mobile or generally not paying attention to the road. Accidents in the workplace can be proven as a case if your employer hasn’t provided appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) or has failed to fix faulty equipment. Public place accidents occur mostly in shopping malls and other busy public areas. Again, these can be a case if it is clear the company hasn’t taken appropriate safety measures in relation to the law.

Injury

Once you agree that there is a probable careless cause to your case, you need to then determine the injury. This can be proven through medical attention that will have been sought following the injury in the form of medical bills and doctors’ notes. This can be anything from a broken bone to a severe and traumatic injury.

Dealing with trauma after an injury is sometimes hard to quantify and it can affect you and your family both mentally and physically. Feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the most common consequences of a personal injury case, according to Trapani Law Firm. If you have had to take time off work and don’t have money to pay the bills, this can put added stress on your whole family, and it can be even harder to focus on recovery. You may even be suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) following a road traffic accident. If this is the case, you should speak to your doctor around the necessary steps to take to tackle this; don’t suffer alone.

Harm Caused by Injury

Once you have both of the above, it is time to collate proof of harm that has been caused post-injury. This can come in the form of medical bills (as listed above), wages lost from time off work and suffering/pain (mental and physical) that have been caused through the injury. This again can be hard to quantify and is usually done via your personal injury attorney.

As a general rule, they will look at the actual damages that have occurred, so lost time at work and medical bills, and then look at the severity of the injury. This can be multiplied depending on the severity of the injury (between 1-5) and this is usually the extra amount you will ask for in terms of pain and suffering following the event.

If you are unsure, it is always best to speak to a personal injury attorney as they can provide the best and most up-to-date information on your case. There are many reasons that you may want to build a personal injury case that may not have been listed above. This doesn’t mean you don’t have a case. Speak to a trusted personal injury attorney in your city today who will be able to inform you if you have a claim.

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