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When you’ve sustained a serious injury in an accident you may be wondering if your accident was caused by another person’s negligence. If you believe that there’s someone to blame for your injuries and the suffering you’ve been dealing with, then you may be considering filing an injury claim to obtain damages.

Filing a claim can be confusing and challenging, and you may not know how to go about it. The first thing you may want to do is consider contacting a personal injury attorney for help. An attorney can walk you through all the steps of filing a claim and help you get your life put back together after an accident.

Below, here is a look at the basic personal injury process.

Types of Serious Injury Accidents

There are many ways that you can be hurt in an accident. Not every accident can be prevented and some accidents may be your own fault, but if you think someone else was to blame for your accident then you may be able to sue for damages. The following are some of the most common accident types that usually involve negligence.

  • Auto wrecks
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Construction accidents
  • Work-related accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Wrongful death

If you were injured in an accident like the ones mentioned above and you’re pretty sure that you weren’t the one to blame for the accident, filing a claim may help you. Filing a claim means securing monetary compensation that can help you put your life back together.

Understanding Negligence

The law of negligence basically states that when a person causes you harm they can be held responsible for the harm caused. The only real way to hold someone responsible for your injuries and losses in civil court is through monetary compensation.

If the act that harmed you isn’t deemed criminal, then your only way to secure justice is by filing an injury claim. If you can prove negligence you can be awarded damages for your suffering.

Investigating Your Case

In order to receive damages for your accident, your injuries, and your suffering, you must be able to prove your case. Proving your case means proving negligence and proving your damages.

You must gather evidence to show that the at-fault party was responsible for your accident and therefore owes you compensation for the monetary and non-monetary losses you’ve endured.

Some types of evidence commonly used to prove personal injury cases are as follows:

  • Witness statements
  • Medical evidence
  • Accident scene photos and video evidence
  • Police reports
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Records of your damages

Compensation for Your Serious Injury

For you to put your life back together after a serious accident you will need money. Serious injuries often mean missed time from work, which means you have been missing out on income.

The more serious your injury the more money you may need to move on with your life. In some cases, very serious injuries will mean that you can no longer work. You will need compensation that can provide monetarily for your future.

In addition, you can be paid for all the ways that this accident has impacted your life, and that means mental suffering as well.  

Below, here are some of the damages commonly added to injury claims:

  • Medical expenses
  • Missed work wages
  • Permanent injury/scarring/disfigurement
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental trauma
  • Loss of life enjoyment

Serious accidents can change your health, can change your outlook, and can force you to live a life very different to the one you had planned. Make sure that you fight for compensation so that you can get your life back after being injured in an accident you didn’t cause.