Personal Injury can be an extremely intricate subject. Depending on the time, place, and source, a personal injury case can involve multiple different parties, or you may be left to fend for yourself. It’s a terrifying prospect that no one wants to go through alone. To alleviate some of that worry and stress, we’ll be going over some simple steps that will help you set up and push your personal injury case forward within the state of Texas. Keep in mind, the intricate details vary from case to case, but the rough outline of steps will help and guide you through the tough process.
1. Document everything. First and foremost, making sure to document everything that goes on is extremely important. Prior to starting the personal injury case, and before you talk to a lawyer or anyone else, make sure to keep track of everything that goes on which will bolster your case that much more. This means that making sure to keep track of the accident itself, all persons involved in the case, as well as the aftermath of the accident will help your case.
2. Make sure you meet the basic requirements. Although it’s not exactly a fun thought, every case has the minimum set of requirements that must be met for the case to successfully be considered a personal injury case. In personal injury cases, these are: negligence, causation, and compensatory damages. Negligence refers to the responsible party’s actions, and if they violated any laws in place. This could be anything, from ignoring a stop sign, to running a red light. Causation refers to whether or not the Negligence of the party responsible resulted in the injuries that the victim incurred. For example, if the responsible party’s vehicle hit a pedestrian and broke his or her arm, that would be suitable causation. Lastly, it must be proven that the injury resulted in harm, or damages lasting on that person. This can be seen in medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc.
– A quick side note: Harm and damage to a person is not only in a physical sense. This can be seen in mental damage as well, such as loss of sleep, anxiety, fear, humiliation, and much more. Under the blanket of Emotional Distress Damages, these can also be seen as lasting harm and damage done, although they vary more from case to case.
3. Make sure to contact the proper lawyer or attorney. After you have checked the requirements, contact the proper lawyer or attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. This is due to multiple attorneys being out there, specializing in many different areas. Because of this, making sure you talk to someone who is adept in working with personal injury cases will ensure that no loopholes will be overlooked, as well as your case being completely fail-safe. Not only will they be able to help you throughout your case, but they will be able to help solidify all the documentation that you have collected in the previous steps. To get your free case evaluation, contact the injury lawyers at Lapeze & Johns today.