Posted by Kaplan Lawyers PC on 09/13/2018

How Serious Do Injuries Need to Be to File a Lawsuit?

When you are injured because of someone else’s action or negligence, more than just your physical health is at stake. In addition to medical bills, you face emotional trauma, lost work and work potential, and overall suffering. If you are considering a lawsuit, you may be wondering whether or not your injuries are serious enough to warrant one. Here is a closer look at how serious an injury needs to be to warrant a personal injury lawsuit.

The More Serious the Injury, the Greater the Compensation

Determining whether your injuries are serious enough to warrant a claim starts with taking a look at the severity of the injuries. Not all personal injury cases involve catastrophic, life-altering injuries. If your injury caused any pain or suffering or if it impacted your quality of life negatively, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit. You don’t necessarily need a catastrophic injury to file a personal injury claim. However, the more serious your injury was, the greater your compensation will be.

Count the Costs Before Filing a Claim

You have the right to file a lawsuit for any injury that happens because of someone’s action or negligence, but sometimes it does not make sense to do so. A small injury isn’t likely to earn you much compensation, and you will waste your time and money on the claim process. Some claims will be dismissed because of the minor nature of the injury. Others, though they may warrant a settlement, are not worth the time and effort to file the claim.

So how can you determine if it’s right for you to file a claim? The best way is to talk to a personal injury attorney for expert advice. You can also ask yourself these questions:

  • Did you need medical attention for your injuries?
  • Did the injuries cause ongoing, chronic pain or suffering?
  • Are you dealing with any emotional trauma from the incident?
  • Have you been prevented from returning to work because of your injuries?
  • Are your bills getting to be unmanageable?

If you are dealing with any of these problems, then you probably should consider pursuing a personal injury case. The compensation you would receive would cover your expenses and help you move forward after your injury.

Getting Full Compensation Requires Careful Thought

If you are seriously injured, there are many factors to consider when calculating compensation. In addition to the financial factors, such as the bills for your medical care and therapy and the lost wages you suffer, you also must consider the pain and suffering the injuries caused. If you are permanently disabled as a result of your injury to the point that you cannot work your current job, the long-term emotional and financial implications must be considered. Also, any ongoing pain or discomfort due to the injury deserves compensation. As you can see, the true cost of your injury is not always easy to calculate, and all too often people jump at the first settlement they are offered when, in fact, it is far too low.

Because of these additional considerations, it is not always easy to know what fair compensation is for injury cases. That is why it is always best to consult with a skilled attorney. An attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons of filing a personal injury lawsuit, count the costs associated with your injuries, and make the most financially beneficial decision in the end. Most attorneys will offer case evaluation consultations free of charge, helping you determine whether or not your case warrants a lawsuit.  If you have questions about your injuries and the likelihood of a successful lawsuit, schedule a consultation with an attorney right away. The sooner you start your case, the sooner you can start focusing on recovering from your injuries.

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