A medical issue or injury can go a long way in setting your career and finances back. If the injury occurred due to someone else’s careless actions, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Understanding what you need to persevere in a personal injury case may help you decide whether you have the elements to prevail.
Can you establish negligence?
At the core of a personal injury case is whether the person who caused the incident acted recklessly or negligently. This means that you need to show that the person either ignored the law, such as running a stop light and causing an accident and failed to consider how his or her actions may impact others.
Do you have an injury related to the incident?
Once you have negligence down pat, you need to show how the responsible party’s actions eventually led to your injury. While it may seem redundant or unnecessary, you must connect the dots for the court.
Have you suffered an actual financial loss?
You need to provide evidence that your injury is the cause of financial loss. Doing this means showing the court that you had medical bills you would not have otherwise and a loss in income. Perhaps you also lost future income if the injury necessitated a career change.
A personal injury claim can help settle debts and restore some of the money you lost due to someone else’s negligence. You may need that money to get back on your feet after a difficult road.