Personal injuries in a legal sense are injuries that are not your fault. If they happen outside of your home, you often have a good case for personal injury. Such an incident can be more complex if you are injured at work or at your own home. Some injuries that occur in your own house can still be good candidates for personal injury lawsuits. For example, hundreds of people are injured every year by falling off of ladders. If you have a ladder injury that is due to a malfunctioning ladder, you could have a personal injury case even if you are at home. The key is to immediately become your own best advocate.
Advocate for Yourself
When you are injured, no matter if it’s at your home, at work, or somewhere else, you should call a lawyer. You should call a team such as Hannah Gold solicitors to help you with your case. You should also help them build up your case. Therefore, you should take photos of everything that you can. If you have a phone that takes photos, make sure to take photos of your injury, the surrounding area, and anything else that might be relevant.
Determining what is relevant can be difficult, especially if you do not have a background in law, so you should just take photos or notes of everything. For example, if you are in an automobile accident, be sure to take photos of your car and any damage that might have occurred to the other cars involved. However, also be sure to take photos of the ground around you. Take photos of any stoplights as well. All of that can be evidence used in your lawsuit.
Pursuing a Lawsuit
Pursuing a lawsuit is much like pursuing any kind of court case. You and your solicitors will build a narrative about what happened. You will present evidence to strengthen your claims about what happened. Then, you will make the case for what sort of restitution is appropriate. You can be reimbursed for lost wages, medical expenses, and/or pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is the most difficult to prove.
Pain and suffering involves the intangible elements of an injury. It’s difficult since you are trying to place a monetary value on being distressed. Such an explanation and reasoning can be difficult. Putting a price on your medical expenses is much more straightforward. You simply keep records of every medical expense. Remember to keep your over-the-counter expenses as well. If you buy over-the-counter medications, keep the receipts. You’ll simply add up all of your medical expenses to find how much compensation you are owed related to medical expenses.
Finally, lost wages can be proven fairly easily if you work full-time. However, if you work any kind of freelance or contractor job, it can be very difficult to prove how much you would have made had you not been injured. Finding records from past weeks or months is very helpful. Such information will help you argue for how much compensation you believe you deserve.