Experiencing an injury due to any reason can be devastating. When it is due to someone else’s negligence, mental and emotional burdens are added to the physical pain. Often, injury victims consider leaving the matter in the hands of the authorities and/or the insurance companies. However, these entities are not built to get you the full compensation that you deserve for your injury.
Insurance companies profit by paying the least amount possible and will work to prove that you do not deserve the full amount you are claiming. They do not have your health or best interest in mind. They want to settle for the least amount possible, with little regard to how your life and future are affected. For this reason and more, it is highly advisable to get an injury attorney so you can fully heal.
Determining and Proving Fault
A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case and will work with you to prove your case to achieve full and fair compensation. There are many factors involved, all of which an experienced lawyer will be able to assist you with navigating.
The first step in establishing a personal injury case is to determine liability or fault. This means that someone else’s actions (or lack of action) directly led to your personal injury. The most common, straightforward example is someone rear ending your car with theirs while you are stopped. In other cases, it can be harder to prove.
Simply experiencing an injury, even one on someone else’s property, does not automatically mean that you have a case. You must be able to show negligence, such as a lack of warning signage for a wet floor or knowingly failing to remove obstacles from a walkway.
When negligence like this is present, and you can directly link your injuries to these actions (or non-actions), you have a potential case. However, it is not always clear cut. If you are unsure if your injury occurred because of negligence, or if you do not know who may be responsible, contact our experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.
Suspecting another person or business is responsible for your injury is not enough. To have a successful claim, you must be able to prove it with evidence. You can begin to gather proof on your own or you can contact an experienced attorney to assist you with this process. If you are able, it is good to gather information at the accident scene.
There are many things that you can use to establish negligence. An important piece of evidence can be statements from eyewitnesses to the accident. These witnesses can vouch for you and the negligent actions that whoever is responsible took (or did not take).
Evidence also includes accident reports from security or the police if they were called to the scene. If you have pictures of the scene of the accident, or even video surveillance, these make for very compelling evidence in proving fault.
You must also be able to show your injuries came from the accident. Medical records are vital to showing the injuries that were caused.
It is best to gather as much of this information and evidence as possible, so the likelihood of proving negligence is increased. Injury lawyers can assist with this, as well as deciding if you have enough proof to have a viable case.
As previously mentioned, insurance companies will work to prove that you do not deserve the full amount that you are claiming, in order to pay out as little as possible. To do this, they have teams of lawyers, adjusters and doctors working for them who specialize in this area of law. These highly trained professionals know the law and will use their knowledge against you. That is why you need protection and an advocate on your side.
A personal injury attorney will fight for you and has the knowledge and experience to go up against insurance companies. An individual who does not have training and is representing themselves is at a severe disadvantage. Hiring an attorney to represent you not only levels the playing field, but it also reduces the stress you have trying to build your own argument.
After you have experienced a personal injury, your priority should be healing and ensuring that you are being taken care of medically. Handling a case on your own takes considerable time and effort. By hiring an attorney, you lessen the burden on yourself and allow yourself the proper time and energy to focus on getting well.
Regardless of what kind of personal injury you have, or what the severity was, it is essential to hire an attorney to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation that you deserve. Contact Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers to handle your case today.