A personal injury isn't predictable, so when it happens, it can throw off your daily life significantly. From not being able to work to having to rely on others for support, it can be tiresome and frustrating to deal with an injury.
There are dozens of reasons why you might suffer an injury ranging from car crashes to medical malpractice, but one thing is always the same: You're hurt, and you need to be compensated for it. The right amount of compensation helps guarantee that you can afford medical care and be able to get the financial support you need while you can't work.
How do you hold another party liable for your injuries?
It depends on the situation. In a car crash, for example, you'd file a claim with the other party's insurance company. They would then review your claim and offer a settlement. You aren't obligated to take the settlement, and it's advisable to have your attorney review the case before you accept any financial support from the other party.
To hold someone else liable for your injuries, you should:
- Get good medical documentation of your injuries
- Provide proof of the other party's liability (police reports, admissions of guilt)
- Photos of your injuries
- Witness statements
- Medical providers' statements or documents requiring you to stay home from work or that explain the extent of your injury
Overall, having proof of your injuries is the key to making sure you get the best compensation. Don't settle your claim before you know how much your injuries will cost you in the long term.