It’s not uncommon for accidental mishaps to happen to you or your loved ones. But this doesn’t take away from the pain and confusion you feel after the incident especially if it results in an injury. In some cases, you may feel the violation warrants you to take further action by opening a personal injury lawsuit.
We’re here to shed more light on the matter and hopefully answer a few questions you may have on the subject.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
These are legal disputes that arise when one person harms another. Such injuries usually result in an individual needing time away from work to rest or receive medical attention.
What Prompts a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Personal injuries which warrant legal action are caused by many factors that we’ll highlight below:
Injuries caused on someone’s property such as a slip or fall
Medical negligence by health care professionals
Injuries caused by animals, such as dog bites
How Are Personal Injury Lawsuits Settled?
These disputes can be settled using either of the following two options.
In this case, the individual has to file a lawsuit against the alleged perpetrator.
You can opt for an out of court settlement if you don’t want to open a case. Usually the accused pays a specified amount of money in the form of damages. Damages basically refer to an amount of money that’s aimed at compensating the victim for injuries sustained. We’ll discuss the three main types of damages below.
These damages are supposed to compensate for money relating to:
Medical expenses incurred
Any equipment such as crutches bought as a result of the injury