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Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?

Jul 18, 2008
Have you or someone you love been hurt or injured by another person's negligence? How do you know if you have a case? What are the steps to finding out the value of your case? Most law agencies will work with you directly to help you to understand if you have a case, how much it is worth, and if it would be worth pursuing. Nevertheless, if you want to be know whether you stand a good chance at having a case, these three requirements are a must:

1. Your injury or that of a loved one must be caused by someone else's conduct.

If the injury is caused by the negligence of another person, company or organization, then you stand a good chance at having a personal injury case. There must be somebody on the other side accountable for your injury. Obviously, if there wasn't, who could you take to court?

2. There has to be someone liable.

That person cannot be yourself. You must not be accountable in any form or fashion for the cause of the injury. As stated earlier, somebody other than you must be at fault for making the injury occur.

3. There has to come money from somewhere.

When you sue or take someone to court for a personal injury case, you have to be able to collect the money from somewhere. Most often, this requirement will be fulfilled by insurance.

After those three basic requirements are met, you have a good possibility of having a personal injury case. There are, of course, other specific requirements to certain types of cases, such as medical accidents and malpractice and automobile accidents. You should discuss these with your law firm and they will give you instruction that is specific to your situation.

How much is your case worth?

This question takes into account many more details. It is not near as easy to decide how much a case is worth than deciding if you have a case or not. For example, deciding how much your case is worth depends on very specific things and things you probably didn't realize.

Your case's worth may be determined by things such as:

* Who you are.
* What your career is.
* Severity of Injuries.
* What you do for recreation.
* Permanency of injuries.
* Whether or not you have suffered a loss of earning capacity.
* If your injuries are visible.

You and your law firm must look at the individual, at his or her injuries and the amount of money that has already been spent to try and treat the injury. You must also look at how much they are going to cost to treat on an ongoing basis.

There are still many other factors that go in to deciding how much your case is worth. As stated before, it is much more difficult to decide this, then to decide if you even had a case in the first place.
About the Author
Bart Icles is a writer for Boston personal injury lawyer guide. For more information on Boston personal injury cases such as Boston medical malpractice , go to BostonPersonalInjuryLawyerGuide.com
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