If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else, it’s understandable if you’re unsure if you have a valid personal injury case. You might also wonder if you want to endure what you think might be a long, drawn-out legal battle.
Keep reading to learn the elements that make strong PI cases. If you think you have a case, Langdon & Emison is here to help. Call (866) 931-2115 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.
Requirements for a personal injury claim
Just about every personal injury case, whether it involves a car or truck accident, a slip-and-fall, or anything else, is based on the legal principle “negligence.” If, for example, the driver of another car hit your vehicle after running a stop sign, that driver was negligent and they could be held liable for your injuries and financial losses as compensatory damages.
You’ll need to show that you were hurt because of the at-fault party’s negligence. When someone files a personal injury lawsuit, they’re doing so to recover their “damages,” the legal term for their financial losses. You’ll need to prove your injury led to medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.
Documents needed for a personal injury case
You’ll need to prove your injuries and financial losses through evidence, including proper documentation.
For example, you’ll need to provide medical records showing when and how you were injured, the extent of your injuries, the treatment you’ve received, and the additional treatment that will be required. You’ll need receipts for all medical bills you’ve received since the accident as well as pay stubs and other documents showing how much money you’ve lost because you were unable to work.
After your attorney has the evidence needed to prove your claim, they will demand the compensation you deserve. In most lawsuits, the at-fault party’s insurance company will agree to a full and fair settlement without entering the courtroom, though it’s unlikely that it’ll be one of the initial offers.
If your case doesn’t settle, you might have to take your case to court where a jury will hear all evidence presented by both sides and will determine the compensation you’re owed.
Let us tell you more
If you were hurt and are asking yourself, “How do I know if I have a case?” we can help. Contact the skilled St. Louis personal injury lawyers with Langdon & Emison online or call (866) 931-2115 to schedule your free consultation.