Wondering whether you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you're experiencing due to injuries caused by a vehicle accident? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind that should help you decide whether filing a personal injury case will be worth your time and trouble:
You're Too Hurt to Work
If your injuries have resulted in a loss of work and a decreased ability to go about your daily life as you did before the accident, it's worth seriously considering talking to a personal injury lawyer about filing a personal injury case. Depending on whether you can prove your loss of income and how much income you're losing, it may or may not be worth the time and effort to sue the other party for compensation. Make sure you've collected medical paperwork that proves your injuries, a letter from your employer that confirms your inability to perform your job, and all the other paperwork you have that can help prove your loss of income when meeting with a lawyer so that nothing important is overlooked as they determine the validity of your case.
Your Vehicle Isn't Drivable
If your accident resulted in nothing more than a few scrapes, scratches, and dents on your vehicle, it may not be worth making the effort to file and win a personal injury case. However, if your vehicle isn't drivable due to extensive damage from the accident, the cost of repairs will likely be significant—and there is no reason that you should have to pay for the repairs and temporary transportation while the vehicle is being fixed. Bring along a copy of the repair list your service technician gives you after inspecting your vehicle, car rental and other transportation receipts, and photos of the vehicle damage when consulting with your lawyer to determine whether you've got a worthwhile personal injury case on your hands.
You Can Prove Fault
One of the most important things to consider when deciding whether you want to inquire about filing a personal injury case after your accident is whether or not you can prove who was at fault. If nobody saw the accident and you don't have a clear recollection of what happened, it may be hard to prove that you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering in court. On the other hand, if you can find witnesses and know exactly how the accident happened and what caused it, there's a good chance that your lawyer can help you prove your case and win you the compensation you're looking for.