How To Determine If You Have Personal Injury Case
Getting injured in an accident can leave you disoriented and confused as to what your legal rights are. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, your friends and family may suggest that you speak with an attorney to help you obtain financial compensation. The fact is that when you are seriously injured in an accident, it is easy to become overwhelmed about who is going to pay for your medical expenses. Even though people around you may be telling you that you have the “best case,” you may still wonder if your case is in fact valid.
Determining whether you have a valid case depends on various factors. Most personal injury attorneys will provide you with a free complimentary consultation to help you make this decision.
4 Key Factors to Help You Determine If You Have a Case
Before going through the trouble of filing a personal injury claim, you need to determine whether you have a valid claim. To help you assess the facts of your case and to determine if you have a valid case, you should look at four factors that are common to most personal injury cases:
- Whether your injury occurred as a direct result of the negligent or reckless actions of another individual or party.
- Whether you sustained injuries directly resulting from the accident that can be documented by a medical professional.
- Whether you have sufficient evidence that can prove your injuries resulted from the negligent actions of the other party (generally a witness, pictures, etc.).
- Whether you can show that your injury resulted in damages, whether physical, emotional or financial.
The steps you initially take in the immediate aftermath of the accident may be crucial in determining whether you have a valid personal injury case. Some important steps you should take immediately after an accident include:
- Calling the police or authority to the scene of the accident to prepare a report.
- Seeking immediate medical attention. This is important even if you think your injuries are only minor. Signs and symptoms of certain medical conditions may not surface until days or even weeks after the accident.
- Obtaining pertinent information for all parties involved in the accident.
- Obtaining pertinent information for any eye witness to the scene of the accident.
- Gathering as much evidence as possible, such as taking pictures at the scene of the accident. This will help your attorney prove the other party was in fact the cause of the accident that resulted in your injuries.
- Refraining from talking to or providing recorded statements to any insurance adjusters, including adjusters from your own insurance carrier.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you should immediately consult with an experienced attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.