Personal injury can take many forms. It can be a car or industrial accident where you are physically harmed by someone’s negligence. It can be defamation, libel or slander, where someone’s false words harm your reputation. It can be police or other government misconduct that violated your rights and caused you harm. At the worst, it can be wrongful death, where a loved one loses his life because of another’s negligence.
If you’ve been harmed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others, the legal system may offer your only hope of being compensated for your losses. This system can be complicated, and you often have to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers. These are all people who are very well trained at preventing you from getting anything at all, and if you are not careful, they will trick you out of your settlement. Whatever you do, don’t give them a statement (especially not a recorded one) and don’t sign anything unless you know exactly what you are signing.
If you do have to go to court, you have to “convert” what happened to you into legalese, what a lawyer calls a cause of action. Filing a complaint begins the process of proving your causes, and the amount of your legal damages determines your eventual award. Take some time to educate yourself here on some of the most common ways to go about seeking relief, the kinds of harms that are compensable, and the basics of the legal process to get you there. If you still have questions, send us an email from our contact form. We are happy to help.