Have you recently been injured and you are not sure what to do about it? If so, there are some important things that you must know before moving forward with a personal injury lawsuit. That's because many people have misconceptions about injury lawsuits that should be cleared up. Don't make a mistake by not knowing the current information and your rights.
1. Auto Accident Victims Have Many Rights
When involved in an auto accident, you may think that all you have the right to is compensation for the physical damage to your car and your medical bills directly related to the accident. While that is true, there are other things that you can seek compensation for as well, since you have many rights as a victim that you may not be aware of.
You could seek compensation for emotional damage that stemmed from the accident. For instance, if an auto accident has left you unable to drive a vehicle due to fear of another accident, that could count as emotional damage. If you were in the hospital for a while and suffered lost wages due to not being able to work, you could recover those losses as well.
2. Property Owners Are Responsible When They're Negligent
Many people think of personal injury cases as something where you can place direct blame on another person, such as in a car accident when another driver hit your car directly. However, there are many personal injury cases where there may not appear to be somebody that is directly responsible, but there actually is.
If you are injured on someone else's property, you must take a step back and evaluate why your injury occurred. Is it something that can be blamed entirely on your behavior, or is the property owner responsible? If it's the latter, you could have a viable injury case on your hands.
For instance, if you suffered from a slip and fall injury in the store, you must take a step back and evaluate how the injury occurred. What it due to a spill that happened a few moments prior to your slip and fall, or was it due to a piece of equipment that has been malfunctioning and leaking water for quite some time? In the latter situation, that could be considered negligence, with blame being put on the property owner for not fixing their equipment.
Work with a local personal injury lawyer to seek out compensation for your injuries. And, if you're interested in other legal services, such as those related to real estate, contact a law firm like Barrett Twomey Broom Hughes & Hoke LLP for more assistance.