What Exactly is a Personal Injury?

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If you’re considering filing a personal injury lawsuit over a car accident, you may be wondering, “Is it worth my time?” The answer comes down to damages and figuring out the cost of your injuries; monetarily, physically, and mentally. After a serious accident, you may be wondering whether you are entitled to receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Many people want to know if they can file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to insurance claim, or if they should do it instead of the claim. A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that is filed by an injured person against the person or entity responsible for their injuries to recover money for their injuries and other losses.

It’s important to know that even if you were badly hurt in an accident, you may not have a valid personal injury lawsuit or a valid personal injury claim, which is directly making a claim to an at-fault party’s insurance company without filing a lawsuit.

You can formalize a personal injury case by going through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault with a court ruling or, as is much more common, such arguments may be determined through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed.

To have a worthwhile personal injury lawsuit or claim, your personal injury (or injuries) has to have been caused by the neglect of another person or entity (like a business or government agency). Generally, when a person or entity acts in a careless manner and causes injury to someone else, the careless person or entity will usually have to be legally accountable for their injury (or injuries) and any other subsequent damages under the lawful principle of “negligence.” If you can establish that the person or entity acted carelessly, the court may award you, or an insurance company may agree to willingly pay you a sum of money that considers.

A personal injury is different than property damage. For example, if you are involved in a minor fender bender that resulted in minimal damage to your vehicle and you suffered no injuries to your body, you have not suffered a personal injury. In this scenario, an insurance company or a small claims court might provide you with a solution.

It’s important to remember that filing a personal injury lawsuit can have very serious legal and financial consequences and requires a thorough knowledge of the laws and legal system, the best thing you can do is consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer before you take any other steps forward.

Potential personal injury cases require a detailed understanding of the facts, the processes, and the law. If you were involved in an accident that has had some sort of impact your life, you should consult with an attorney to see if it’s even worth it lawsuit. At One Law Group in Beverly Hills, you can have one of our attorneys do a free evaluation of your case here.

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