Should I Pursue a Personal Injury ClaimShould I pursue a personal injury claim? This is a question you may be asking or considering if you have been hurt or injured as a result of the negligent or reckless action or behavior of another party.
You may be wondering if it would be worthwhile or whether you have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim. There are some things to consider that should help you decide what to do.
Have you been injured
To begin with, have you experienced some type of injury or damage to yourself and/or your property. If you have not suffered any injury or damage to yourself and/or your property, you do not have any grounds for pursing a personal injury claim.
Do you have proof or evidence of the injuries and damages to yourself and/or your personal property? This includes things like:
Photographs of injuries or damages to yourself or property
Bills from doctors and hospitals
Copies of medical reports
Testimony of eyewitnesses.
If you are going to pursue a personal injury claim, you need to take into consideration the time limit for making such a claim in your state. The laws and statutes regarding personal injury claims vary from state to state. You should know, however, that each state has what is referred to as statutes of limitations.
To put it simply, statutes of limitations are what determine the amount of time you have to pursue a personal injury claim. If you do not pursue a personal injury claim until after the deadline in your state, even though you may have a valid claim, you may have lost your right to be compensated for the injuries and damages you have sustained to yourself and/or your property. In some states, the statutes of limitations may be just one year for pursuing a personal injury claim.
Another party responsible
Was another party responsible for the injuries and damages to yourself and/or your property? Obviously, if there is no other party, you do not have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim.
However, if there is another party that is responsible for the injuries and damages to yourself and/or your property, keep in mind that you do not have to have suffered any personal injury to yourself in order to pursue a personal injury claim. You are allowed to pursue a personal injury claim for different kinds of losses and damages that are not physical.
For example, if a person tries to attack you, you do not have to prove that you were physically injured. You just have to show that you believed you were going to be injured.
Other instances of a personal injury claim being pursued where no physical injuries occurred include:
Invasion of your privacy
Attacks on your business or personal reputation
Probably the most important thing in determining whether you should pursue a personal injury claim is to talk to a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will know whether it is in your best interests to pursue a personal injury claim.
Article written by James Shugart
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