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The Basics Of Filing A Personal Injury Claim

Posted on January 9, 2018

A  personal injury case can arise when you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligence. The most common personal injury claims come from car accidents, premise liability and medical malpractice. In any personal injury case, there are elements you must be able to prove and steps you must take in order to file a personal injury claim.

Elements You Must Prove In A Personal Injury Case

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    you must prove is that the person you are suing is legally responsible for your injury

  • you must prove that the person you are suing breached their legal responsibility to keep you safe by acting or failing to act
  • you must prove that the person you are suing’s action or inaction caused your injury
  • you must show the damages caused by the accident and prove that you were harmed by the injury

What To Expect During A Personal Injury Case

When you file a personal injury case you will need the following documentation:

  • Medical records
  • Police reports
  • Medical bills
  • Receipts for any prescription medications you had to buy
  • Over-the-counter medication receipts
  • Proof of lost wages if your injury made you unable to work
  • Photos, video, etc. of the injury and of what caused the injury
  • A log of your medical treatment, pain levels, missed time from work, and anything else relevant to your accident

When working with the insurance company, be aware that the agents will ask you questions in hopes that you will answer in a way that will devalue your case. Do not give them a recorded statement. If you answer a question the wrong way it could ruin your case.

In order to have a successful case, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Get referrals from friends, do your research and interview your candidates. An attorney will help you handle the rest of the process smoothly and ensure you don’t miss any steps.