Common Reasons for Personal Injury LawsuitsIf you are hurt by the negligent actions of another party, you can take legal action in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Accidents happen every day and many people are injured, but not many take the appropriate action to recoup their losses. Some of these cases are not filed simply because the damages are low; it is almost useless to file a claim if you are only out a few hundred dollars, especially because the time and fees will likely make it not worthwhile. On the other hand, some cases are not followed through on simply because the victims do not know to take any action at all. A few of the reasons to file personal injury claims include:
- Medical malpractice committed by a doctor, nurse, or healthcare practitioner
- Automobile accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, and bus crashes
- Pedestrian, bicycle, and scooter crashes
- Product liability claims
- Slip and fall, trip and fall, and premises liability accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Dog bites and other animal or pet injuries
- Bed bug infestations and other pests or vermin incidents
- Assault and battery, sexual harassment, and sexual assault
Steps To Take After An IncidentNo matter what kind of incident you were involved in, whether a car crash or an assault, you should do all you can to gather necessary evidence to file a lawsuit. It is important that you do not leave the scene of the accident before getting some kind of information, unless you immediately need to be transported to the hospital. Some of the steps you should take after an incident include:
- Acquire medical help immediately to ensure that you are safe and healthy; if you need to go to the hospital, the paramedics can transport you. If you do not go to the doctor or get treated, it can be difficult to prove that you were injured directly as a result of the accident. The insurance agents will point to the gap in treatment and claim that anything could have happened in that time frame.
- Take photos of your injuries to showcase the extent of the damage.
- You should also take pictures of other evidence, such as the scene of the incident, the damage to your belongings, eyewitnesses, and more.
- Keep any receipts, pay statements, credit card bills, proofs of purchase, and more to establish that you made a legal transaction.
- Hold on to medical notes, paramedic notes, doctor’s recommendations and referrals, and more to support the treatment you underwent.
- Collect insurance information or personal details of the responsible party so you can send a claim to the correct insurance agency.
- Ask eyewitnesses and passersby for their testimonies as to what happened in the incident.
- Do not accept anything from the responsible party, whether it is a free voucher, money, or other kinds of compensation. This can be used against you in your lawsuit.
- Finally, you should contact a personal injury attorney in El Monte to make sure that your claim is adequately handled by someone with ample experience. You may not have any legal knowledge under your belt, and you may never have negotiated with an insurance agent. Our lawyers can ensure that your case gets the proper attention and we will work to win you every dime you are owed.
Determining The Value Of Your ClaimMany individuals are curious about the value of their claims, but truthfully, the value cannot be specifically determined prior to any offers. We can make estimates, but the insurance agent will make you an offer based on a few factors. These factors include:
- Extent and severity of your injuries
- Your age
- Your career choice
- How much of an effect your injuries had on your daily life, current job, and future career capabilities
- Your level of negligence or responsibility in the incident
Compensation from an AccidentVictims of accidents of any kind can recover different amounts and types of compensation for their damages. It is up to our attorneys to secure you the maximum amount available under the law. Many victims are unable to fight for themselves and would likely not be able to negotiate a worthwhile settlement. We will strive to bring you the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses and fees, including surgery costs, hospitalization fees, medication, costs of physical therapy sessions, and more
- Coverage for future medical procedures
- Missed income from your job due to absent days
- Future lost wages because of additional recovery time or lost wages
- Reimbursement of damaged or lost property
- Emotional pain and suffering, such as anxiety, fear, PTSD, and psychological scarring
- Punitive damages to cover gross negligence or intentional harm, but these damages are seldom handed out due to being viewed as excessive and unnecessary, so only a talented lawyer will be able to win them for you
- Wrongful death damages to cover funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium and relations, loss of expected savings and inheritance, and pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering