The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines negligence as failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise in a similar situation. Did you know that a physical or emotional injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence falls under personal injury? If you think you are a victim of a personal injury case, you should hire a personal injury attorney. If there is no intentional or unintentional negligence present, there is no case.
An attorney will help you know your rights and make sure you are protected in a court of law. An attorney knows the system and is there to help you. Another thing to consider is state laws. Not all states have the same laws regarding personal injury. Or, if you had an accident in a different state than where you are originally from, you could have complications there as well. A lawyer can help clarify these laws for you.
Some of the most common personal injury cases involve slips and falls in workplace accidents, fires, food poisoning, injuries caused by natural disasters, and any other negligent act inside or outside of a business setting.
Are you still confused as to whether or not you are a victim of personal injury? Here’s an example for you. My driver’s education teacher used to always say, “Where there’s a ball, there’s a boy.” Let’s say you are driving through a school zone. School zones generally require slower speed limits. You see a ball come out in the middle of the road, so you stop suddenly and slam on your brakes.
Before you know it, the car behind you hits you. Who’s at fault? Based on the accident, you may think the car behind you is 100% at fault for the accident.
The police reports will probably say why you stopped. However, an insurance company could say that you were negligent if you were speeding. Now what?
If you think you are a victim, make sure you seek the advice of a competent personal attorney. You should also keep a copy of your police report, write down anything else you can remember, write down conversations you had (if any) with the other party, preserve any evidence you may have, and find witnesses to your accident.
Your attorney will help you fill out all of the necessary paperwork and help you file a claim. It’s better to be safe than sorry.