If you have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. A personal injury lawsuit is a civil claim that victims can file to obtain monetary compensation for their significant injuries, damages and losses. The legal process in such cases can be tricky, complex and challenging. It is important to know how to avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that can seriously jeopardize your claim.
Filing a Lawsuit
Ideally, if you have been injured in an accident, the insurance provider of the at-fault party will offer you a settlement to cover your losses. The first settlement offered by an insurance adjuster is typically well below the potential value of the claim. If you are not offered fair compensation or if your claim has been denied, you may want to consider filing a civil lawsuit to get the support you need and rightfully deserve. Do not speak with an insurance company or rush into a settlement until you have spoken with an experienced Washington personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and work diligently to protect your best interests.
The Role of Negligence
Every personal injury case is unique, but negligence plays an important role in most of these cases. In order to receive compensation, the plaintiff in a personal injury case must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care and failed to fulfill that duty. Often, the success of a personal injury claim depends on whether or not the at-fault party was careless or negligent. Examples of negligence include:
- A speeding driver who caused a car accident.
- A property owner whose failure to maintain his property caused a slip-and-fall accident.
- A surgeon whose negligence caused serious physical injuries to a patient.
- A doctor who misdiagnosed his patient.
- A nursing home whose employees neglected or abused residents.
The Value of Your Claim
A successful personal injury claim can result in financial support for your:
- Past, current and future medical bills related to the accident including costs of hospitalization and rehabilitation.
- Lost current and future income.
- The loss of earning potential if the injury affects your ability to work in the future.
- Pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages in cases involving extreme negligence or wrongdoing.
In any personal injury case, it is crucial to preserve all possible evidence including physical evidence from the scene of the incident, medical records and in the case of accidents, the vehicles involved in the collision. It is also a good practice to document all the losses you have suffered as a result of the injury and maintain a journal describing your life after the injury.
The experienced Washington personal injury attorneys at The Bernard Law Firm have the skill, knowledge and resources it takes to fight for your rights and ensure that you receive fair and full compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, please contact our office at 1-800-418-8282 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.