You likely have heard of other people receiving substantial settlement checks after an injury. If you sustain an injury, will you be able to do the same? Sometimes, it may be apparent that you can take legal action, but liability for an injury is not always clear. The law only allows you to succeed with a personal injury lawsuit in specific circumstances, so how do you know if you have an injury case?
The best way to determine your legal rights and options is to have an experienced Freehold personal injury lawyer evaluate your situation. The following is some general information about legal rights after an injury, but please call Lomurro Law to discuss your specific options.
Did Someone Else Cause Your Injuries?
The purpose of a personal injury case is to hold someone else liable for your injury-related losses. In order to hold someone liable, that party must have caused or contributed to the accident that resulted in your injuries. If you caused your own accident or it could not have been prevented, you generally are not eligible for compensation (unless the accident happened at work, but that is for another article).
Instead, you must prove that another party was negligent. Negligence means that they owed you a duty of care and they breached that duty, leading to your accident and injuries. Negligence can lead to the following, among others:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Falls from high places
- Nursing home neglect or abuse
- Negligent security
- Medical malpractice
Identifying and proving negligence can require investigation and evidence-gathering, and you want to have the help of a law firm with the necessary resources to investigate your claim.
Did You Incur Losses?
Another required aspect of a personal injury claim is experiencing losses. Your claim allows you to seek compensation for all of your accident-related losses, so you must be able to prove the value of your losses. If you slipped and fell at the grocery store but were able to get right up and continue shopping, you do not have any losses for which you can seek compensation.
Many accidents result in injuries, which result in financial expenses, including:
- Medical bills from your treatment
- Lost income if you had to miss work
- Transportation, medication, medical equipment, and other injury-related expenses
If you incurred any of the above, you can file a claim against negligent parties. If your injuries were serious, you may also seek payment for intangible losses, such as pain and suffering or permanent injuries.
Discuss a Possible Case with a Freehold NJ Personal Injury Attorney
If you think someone else may be at fault for your injuries, and you incurred any losses, you should not wait to contact Lomurro Law in Freehold, New Jersey. Our personal injury lawyers help clients who suffered many types of injuries, so please call 732-482-9285 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.