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What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit seeking to recover monetary compensation for damages suffered via an accident or incident. Victims file personal injury claims to recover such damages, either via the perpetrator (individual or institution) or perpetrator’s insurance company.

Often, both the insurance company and at-fault party will be responsible for paying damages through a settlement or verdict. This can vary considerably, however, depending on the specific facts of each personal injury case.

If you’ve suffered an injury (essentially any type of harm – whether physical or psychological) that has resulted in financial loss, it is in your best interest to file a personal injury claim seeking to recover those losses. The goal of a personal injury claim is to make a victim “whole” following an accident or injury via financial compensation.

Personal injury claims can vary dramatically, as the personal injury law arena covers a number of different subsets. Such claims can result from car accidents, sex crimes, wrongful deaths, product liability injuries, slip and falls, medical malpractice, dog bites, and much more.

I’m not sure whether or not I have a personal injury case. What should I do?
If you’re wondering whether or not you have a personal injury case, it’s important to assess if you sustained any financial loss from your accident or injury. For example, if you were involved in a car accident but did not suffer an injury, sustained virtually no physical damage to your car, and are not facing any financial issues, you may not not have a personal injury case. However, physical and psychological injuries can manifest weeks to months after an accident. Therefore, it’s best to document as much as possible regarding your accident or incident (pictures/videos of the scene, witness statements, medical records, any expenses or losses) to ensure that if/when an injury presents itself, you are able to provide proof that your injury is correlated to your incident/accident.

The best way to determine whether or not you should pursue a personal injury claim is to contact an experienced, qualified, and dedicated personal injury lawyer in your area for a free consultation. A personal injury attorney will be able to assess the facts of your accident and determine if you should pursue a case. Be sure to be prepared to present as much information as possible during your consultation. The more information and evidence you are able to provide, the more accurate assessment you will receive from a personal injury lawyer.

If you develop an injury after consulting with an attorney, it’s important that you follow-up to provide all facts and records related to your new condition. Injuries that develop after an accident are common, and should not be ignored. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years, and it is recommended that accident victims act as soon as possible to ensure no deadlines are missed.

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