Why make a personal injury claim?

personal-claimHave you or someone you know been involved in an accident involving personal injury? We live in an age and society fraught with danger and peril every day and everywhere. Much of this comes from living in an extremely mobile and industrialized country. The chance of sustaining some type of personal injury are pretty high. According to a July 2009 article in Forbes, there are approximately ten million car accident annually in the US. Of these, roughly one in a thousand will involve a fatality. However, it is much more common that someone will experience a personal injury. So the question may not be so much if we will suffer some kind of personal injury, but when.

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

If you’ve sustained an injury in an accident you may be wondering if you have a personal injury claim. The basis for making a personal injury claim comes from the idea that if someone sustains a personal injury caused by another, that the person who sustained the injury should be fairly and adequately compensated for the injury that individual has sustained. Such compensation normally is divided into two types, general damages and special or economic damages. General damages are defined by such terms as pain and suffering, and the loss of the quality of life the person enjoyed prior to being injured. Special or economic damages are those damages that can be quantified such as medical expenses and lost earning potential.

ARE THERE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE YOU WOULD NOT MAKE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

Reasons for not making a claim may range from not knowing or understanding the process of how to make a claim to simply not desiring to personally seek compensation from the at fault party. In most cases, the necessity of seeking compensation from an individual is avoided if the individual is covered by some kind of liability insurance.

WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

Making a claim for an injury can be important to make sure needed medical expenses are covered, and that any time lost from employment can be recovered as well. For anyone without knowledge of how to go about making a claim, a personal injury attorney is someone that can help to make the process flow smoothly with minimal problems. Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to evaluate if you have a valid personal injury claim.