Being injured in an accident can be a painful and confusing experience.
It can cause you to miss work, accumulate medical bills, and be forced to go through a lengthy physical recovery.
This can be a stressful time for you and your loved ones, and almost inevitably the question arises about whether you should file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.
Whether or not you have a viable personal injury claim is dependent on a number of factors specific to your case.
At Kapuza Lighty, we have helped many clients throughout the Yakima area navigate these difficult questions to determine, “Do I have a personal injury case?” Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys to discuss your accident claims.
How Serious are Your Injuries?
The first question to determine whether you have a personal injury case is to assess the seriousness of your injuries. If your injuries and other damages, such as property and wage loss, are minor then you might not have a good claim for a personal injury case. Accidents that cause little to no injury typically have little to no compensable damages. Even if you want to hold those responsible for the harm caused to you accountable for their actions, a personal injury claim might not be the best legal option.
However, if your injuries are serious or the damages were significant then it would be in your best interest to pursue a personal injury case. If your injuries required a hospital stay, extensive treatment, follow up visits, or if complications arose that required a specialist or additional medical attention then you definitely need to speak with an attorney about your case.
Medical bills can become very expensive very quickly, and lengthy medical treatment often comes with significant wage loss and lost benefits for work. A personal injury claim can help to cover all of your losses that stemmed from the accident.
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Another question to ask when determining whether you have a personal injury case is whether your losses from the accident are covered. In most cases, routine medical treatment after an accident and a certain level of property damage are covered by insurance policies. If your costs were covered by basic insurance, there might not be a need to file a personal injury claim.
However, if your damages exceed the limits of the policy, your rates go up as a result of the accident, or you have to pay a significant deductible for your treatment then it would be worth it to file a personal injury claim for the remainder of the costs that are not covered by insurance.
What is the Strength of Your Case?
One final question is what is the strength of your case? Are there issues of fault or questions of fact that could minimize or completely eliminate your claims for compensation? If questions of fault do exist, you need to be prepared for the case to last longer than a typical personal injury case. Questions of fact can take significant resources to answer and could ultimately affect the bottom line of your settlement.
In addition, if your case is weak enough it could be deemed frivolous by the court, and you could face additional fines and sanctions for wasting the court’s time. Talk with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the merits of your personal injury claim and if it is strong enough to file against the responsible parties in the accident.
Talk to Our Office Today
If you would like to learn more about your legal options after an accident and determine whether you have a personal injury claim, call or contact us today in Yakima at Kapuza Lighty to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys during a free and confidential consultation of your claims.