You Suffered a Personal Injury—Should You File a Claim?

  • Added By :Nick Kohan
  • Category : Personal Law
  • Article Id : 2366
  • Added On : 17/04/2020
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Sometimes, people get hurt. You could be walking down the street in your neighborhood and trip over your own feet. You could fall on the street and break a bone. This type of injury does not allow you to file a claim because no one was at fault. It was an accident. However, some types of personal injury accidents do qualify you to file a claim.

For example, if you were walking down the street in your neighborhood and were attacked and injured by your neighbor’s dog, you could file a claim for that. Your neighbor has a duty as a pet owner to ensure their pet doesn’t harm people. The dog owner is liable for any injuries caused by their pet. 

In order to file a claim for an accident of any kind, you need to prove a few things. You need to prove fault, your injuries, and your damages.

How to Prove a Personal Injury Case

You know you were injured due to no fault of your own, but how do you prove your case? You start by gathering evidence of fault. 

For instance, if you were attacked by a dog, you can take photos of the bite marks and of the scene in which the attack took place. You could obtain statements from any witnesses. You could collect a police report if police arrived at the scene to help you. You could also use medical evidence to prove you were bitten by a dog as well as how serious your bite injuries were. 

To prove your damages, you must collect evidence that shows what this accident did to your life. Did it cause you to miss work? You could include lost wages in your claim. Did the accident cause you to seek medical treatment? You could include medical expenses in your claim.

All of the evidence you gather must be put together into a claim. Then, you submit your claim to the at-fault person’s insurance company.

Dealing with an Insurance Company

So, you’ve gathered all the evidence you can, and now you need to share this evidence with the at-fault person’s insurance company. The insurer is the one that will pay out on your claim. You will send in your claim along with your evidence and a demand for payment. The insurer could agree to your demands or a negotiation.

It’s usually a good idea to have a lawyer’s help when dealing with an insurance company. Insurers can be tricky to deal with. Sometimes, an insurer will try to reduce your claim’s value. You might get taken advantage of without legal advice from an injury lawyer.

Call an Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

Secure legal assistance by contacting Kohan & Bablove LLP. An Orange County personal injury lawyer can take charge of your case and work to get you the financial compensation you need after an injury accident you didn’t cause.

Dial 1-844-404-2400 to reach our firm and get your free case assessment. You can also visit our website to learn more about how a lawyer can help.