Personal injury accidents can happen to nearly anyone. One minute you could be running errands or commuting to work, and the next minute you are facing devastating injuries. From slip and fall accidents to car accidents, personal injuries can occur anywhere. Personal injury law allows victims who become injured due to another person’s negligence to recover compensation through a lawsuit.
Successful plaintiffs can recover financial damages for their physical, mental, and emotional harm. Wrongful death, medical malpractice, car accidents, and premises liability are all different types of personal injury lawsuits. If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, you probably have questions about how to recover.
What Should I Do After a Personal Injury Accident?
You should report all of your injuries, including traumatic emotional injuries, to a medical professional. If you have been seriously injured, call 911 and request an ambulance. Do not assume that your injuries are not serious. Receiving a thorough evaluation by a medical professional will help you receive the treatment you need and can be crucial to your personal injury claim. Discuss your case with a lawyer as soon as you are physically able to do so.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The thought of bringing a lawsuit against the person who caused your injuries may seem overwhelming. Nonetheless, it is crucial that you discuss your case with a lawyer who can represent you and fight for your rights. Successful plaintiffs can receive compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. The damages received through a claim can assist you and your family and help you make it through difficult financial times. An experienced lawyer will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company to ensure they treat you fairly.
What is Negligence?
In most personal injury cases, the person who caused the accident did not intend to cause another person harm. Instead, they acted negligently or recklessly, and their negligence caused the accident that resulted in the victim’s harm. As the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that the defendant or defendants acted negligently, which is a legal term. Negligence means failing to use reasonable care under the circumstances. Someone acts negligently when he or she engages in behavior that a reasonable person would not have in the same situation. For example, speeding down the highway and then aggressively cutting off another vehicle is negligent behavior. Likewise, driving while intoxicated is negligent behavior.
What is Liability?
Proving liability is a critical component of winning in a personal injury lawsuit. You will need to prove that the defendant or defendants are liable for your injuries. Liability is the responsibility that a negligent person carries because of their negligence or reckless actions. Suppose a court finds that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. In that case, the defendant will be liable to pay you financial damages for your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain, and suffering.
What if My Loved One Died in an Accident?
If your loved one died in a personal injury accident, you might be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or company that caused your loved one’s death. For example, if a drunk driver collided with your loved one and killed them, you can sue the drunk driver under Alabama’s wrongful death law. Medical malpractice, workplace accidents, and car accidents are among the most common types of wrongful death lawsuits. As with other types of personal injury lawsuits, the damages can cover your loved one’s funeral expenses, medical expenses up until his or her death, and lost wages. You can also recover compensation for your pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Should I Speak to an Insurance Investigator?
When a severe accident occurs, insurance companies will begin investigating as soon as possible. If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident, for example, the trucking company may send an investigator to the scene of the accident. The insurance adjuster may begin to pressure you into signing a settlement agreement. They may tell you that this is your one chance to receive compensation so you can pay your bills. Do not sign any documents or discuss the causes of your accident until you discuss your case with a lawyer.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer
At Heninger Garrison Davis, our skilled team of litigators is prepared to assist you with your personal injury lawsuit. You can trust that we will handle your case with compassion while seeking justice for you and your family during challenging times. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.