Remember when you were a kid? Placing blame on others was a fact of life. Someone twisted your arm or pushed you to the ground, and you knew exactly who deserved that blame. Convincing your parents was a matter of picking your battles. Would they believe your allegations? Was it worth the fight? Legal matters are much the same except in the adult world. Before picking a courtroom battle, you’ll want to know your chances of winning a case. Here’s what you should keep in mind.
First things first: a twisted arm won’t result in any financial compensation. You’re not a kid anymore. Personal injury lawyers make money based on contingency. That means they only get paid when they win. They only win if the case has merit. And a case only has merit if your financial interests were affected by someone else’s negligence. But you must also have proof of that negligence. Ask yourself whether or not you can answer these questions before calling a personal injury attorney.
If those conditions are met, then it’s time to hire a personal injury attorney. This individual (with or without the help of a firm) will help you calculate damages for which to sue. Factors contributing to a number might include literal dollar bills (i.e. what you’ve already paid in medical fees), but they can also include pain and suffering. The judge will also consider whether you deserve more money for any disability that might reduce your worth to an employer in the future (because that would mean fewer promotions, less productivity, and a smaller chance of finding a new job).
A personal injury attorney might also want to contact your insurance providers (or the defendant’s) to ensure that all appropriate reimbursements have been made. If you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation — whether the negligence occurred on purpose or by accident.