Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Are my Injuries Serious Enough to Warrant Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A question we are frequently asked is, "Should I file a personal injury lawsuit?." While the question is simple, the answer can be a complex. The decision whether to file a lawsuit is not an easy and is a choice that must be weighed heavily. If the damages are minimal, it is very unlikely that a lawsuit would be worth your time or economically valuable. However, if you have suffered a traumatic injury, been wrongfully denied an insurance claim, or are suffering from ongoing damages as a result from your accident, a personal injury lawsuit may be in your best interest. Ultimately, your attorney would need to evaluate your injury and all the damages which you have suffered in order to help you decide whether to file a claim.
How Badly Are You Injured?
Before deciding whether to file a lawsuit, you must first determine the full extent of your physical injuries. If you were involved in a serious car or truck accident, you may have suffered extreme physical harm. Serious car accidents can often result in victims needing immediate medical treatment. Some of the damages you could receive compensation for would be cost of transportation to the hospital from the location of the accident. Often car accident injuries require surgery and several days or weeks in the hospital. Occasionally, your injuries may be so severe that they require multiple surgeries and an extended stay in the hospital. If you are released from the hospital and require follow up appointments to be evaluated by a doctor, these costs should also be included when considering whether you have a valid claim to sue for damages.
Finally, some accidents can be so debilitating that you may need ongoing physical therapy. For example, many people who suffer traumatic injuries require months of intensive physical therapy to regain skills they lost as a result of the injury. Some victims must relearn how to walk, talk, and perform simple daily tasks that we often take for granted. These are all damages that you may seek recovery for in a claim for personal injury compensation. If you have suffered any of these damages you may have a valid claim and you may benefit from filing a lawsuit.
Has It Affected Your Ability To Work?
Often, people injured in car accidents and other personal injury accidents are precluded from working due to their injury. As mentioned before, people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries following a car accident clearly have a difficult time going back to work. When they are struggling to simply walk or talk, it is pretty much impossible for them to earn a living until they are fully recovered. But while these types of injuries obviously prevent victims from returning to work, there are many other injuries that can disrupt or interfere with your job.
After a severe car accident, many people suffer from whip lash. Their back and neck are traumatized and sometimes permanently damaged from the extreme force exerted upon the vertebrae during the collision. Typically, people suffering from whip lash will only miss a few days of work while they recover, but some suffer the effects long after the car wreck. Sometimes people will be forced to miss weeks or months of work due to back and neck injuries.
Furthermore, some people may never be able to work in their specific job again as a result of this trauma. If someone is employed in an extremely physical job like a construction worker, server, or athlete, they may not be able to return to this type of work. All of these types of damages, including lost wages or lost earning potential, should be considered when deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit. Grossman Law Offices has over 20 years of experience in helping people like you recover compensation for injuries they suffered while working, in a car accident, or due to medical malpractice. If you have been injured and are considering filing a lawsuit to recover damages, contact Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-326-0000.
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