Reasons that you may not have a personal injury case
If you been injured due to negligence or intentional conduct on the part of another party, you may be considering whether to file a lawsuit for damages in addition to or instead of an insurance claim. While you may have experienced injuries, some serious, in an accident, you may not have a valid personal injury claim.
The first step is to find an experienced personal injury attorney who has successfully litigated many claims, both in the courtroom as well as through negotiated settlements. He or she can evaluate your case to determine whether it’s viable.
There are several reasons you may not have a personal injury case:
- Your accident may not qualify as a personal injury because it was not the result of negligence or intent
- Your injury did not have serious impact, either financially, physically, or emotionally
- Your claim doesn’t make good economic sense for your attorney who works on a contingency basis
- Too much exposure which has the potential to damage your case
- Unrealistic expectations about the compensation that you can receive from your claim
Still need legal advice?
If you’re unsure as to whether you have a valid personal injury case, it’s very important to seek legal advice on personal injury law. Most personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations. This provides you with an opportunity to get good legal advice about your case and whether you should pursue it.
If, after your initial meeting, the attorney discovers reasons you don’t have a personal injury case, he or she will give you an honest evaluation that is based on his or her experience and knowledge of the laws pertaining to personal injury.
However, if your attorney feels that you have valid reasons to sue for personal injury, an investigation will be initiated, and this usually requires a thorough review of any or all of the following:
- Police or accident reports
- Witness statements
- Photos of accident and/or your injuries
- Medical records
Speak to an attorney
If you’ve experienced an injury in an accident or intentional conduct on the part of another, you should speak with a personal injury attorney to find out if you have a case. To ascertain whether you have a valid case, you should be able to answer “yes” to the following:
- Did you suffer a personal injury and not just property damage?
- Were these injuries the result of negligence or an intentional act on the part of another?
- Do you have recoverable damages?
If you can answer “yes” to all three questions, then it’s time to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. Greg Yates, personal injury attorney in Los Angeles County, has more than 30 years of experience litigating a wide variety of personal injury cases, and has successfully recovered, along with his associates, millions of dollars for clients in personal injury settlements and jury verdicts.
Call our office to schedule your free consultation.