How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
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Being injured due to the neglect or bad intent of another individual is never easy to deal with. However, in order to help with your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, you can file a personal injury claim against the individual.
But winning your personal injury case isn’t a done-deal. In order to receive compensation, you must be able to prove three main things. Let’s take a look at the three main requirements that each personal injury case must have.
1. The Responsible Party Was Negligent
The first requirement that each personal injury case needs is that the person responsible for the injury acted negligently. This means that they made some mistake that could have been avoided.
Examples of negligent behavior include running a red light or a shop owner leaving a slippery puddle in the middle of their store.
2. The Negligence Directly Led to the Injury
In order for your personal injury case to be legitimate, the responsible party’s negligence must have directly caused your injury. If your injury is not a direct result of the mistake or misstep the individual took, you may not win your case.
To continue off the examples above, if a driver crashed into you and broke a bone because they ran a red light, this neglect would have directly led to your injury. The same is true if you slip and fall in the puddle left by the shop owner.
3. The Injury Caused Harm
In order to receive compensation for your personal injury case, the injury you or a family member sustained must have caused harm. This means that you acquired medical bills, needed to take time away from work, or caused you pain and suffering.
If you’re still not sure whether or not you have a personal injury claim, contact the New York City personal injury attorneys at Held & Hines, LLP. With offices in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, we can answer any of your questions and help you get started with your personal injury case. Give us a call at 855.HELD.HINES to begin chatting with a personal injury attorney.