Accidents and mishaps can happen all the time and while some are just minor, others leave you with injuries that can affect you in a more drastic and serious way. In these cases, it may be worth your time to investigate the value of a personal injury claim or case and make the decision of whether or not you should pursue it. Because this can be a tricky area to navigate, we’ve put together a number of questions you can ask yourself about your injury that will help lead you to an informed decision.
What Constitutes a Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim takes a look at two main things – damages and liability. The main questions will be what the nature and the extent of your damages are, and whether or not the defendant is liable for them.
Your Immediate Health Comes First
In the case of a serious accident, clearly, the first priority is your immediate safety and health. Seeking medical care will be the only thing you should be worried about at first. Once you have done this and your situation has been stabilized, then you can move forward in looking at your legal options.
It should be noted that depending on where you live and who you are filing a claim against, there can be a time limit so you don't want to wait after you have been stabilized.
How Did the Accident Happen?
The first question to look at is how the accident happened in the first place. The injuries need to have occurred due to the negligence of someone else – in other words, it wasn't your fault.
Are Any of Your Injuries Pre-Existing?
Obviously, a new accident can worsen pre-existing conditions, but then this can be tricky to deal with in a claim. This is something that you will definitely want to discuss and be open to when speaking to a personal injury claim lawyer.
How Serious are Your Injuries?
This is a big deciding factor in determining whether or not it’s worth it to proceed with your claim. Do your injuries affect your ability to work, move around, and function as you normally would? Obviously, if you are unable to work this will affect your income, which is a pretty big deal.
As well, how serious are the injuries in terms of recovery time? Will you be able to recover fully? What will your future be like thanks to the lasting effects of the injury?
It’s also important to point out that not all injuries are physical, accidents can affect a person mentally too.
Has Your Family Been Affected by Your Injuries?
To answer this question, you need to take a look at your children and your spouse/significant other and ask if they are suffering because of your injuries? Is it causing stress and changing their life in any way?
A Clearer Picture
By asking yourself these questions you will be able to form a clearer picture and figure out if it’s worth pursuing a personal injury claim.