Whether you have been hurt in a car accident, bitten by a neighbor’s dog, or you slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk, you may be wondering if you should file a personal injury claim. Sometimes it can be hard to know where the line is, between minor injuries that we bring upon ourselves, and more major injuries that are caused by the negligence of another. Too many people sit on the sidelines, nursing their broken bones or torn ligaments, and never seek legal retribution. Then there are a few people who try to file a suit for the slightest harm.
If you are considering reaching out to a Clearwater personal injury attorney, it’s a good idea to review your circumstances and if your suffering is significant enough to warrant a lawsuit. Regardless, even if you’re not sure, a qualified lawyer should be able to answer that for you. Whether you will win any future claim comes down to a variety of factors, including the details of the accident itself, the severity of your injuries, and how much you have lost because of them. For example, extremely high medical bills, many months’ lost wages, and clinically-significant anxiety or PTSD may warrant a sizeable settlement.
Generally speaking, if your injury has caused you distress, or has negatively impacted your life, it may be worth pursuing a claim. Injuries that are minor or temporary, and don’t prevent you from doing your job, like bruises or lacerations, usually won’t win in court. But if you are having to take time off work, seek extra medical care, and are hampered in your daily life, you may have a case. Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself, if you are not sure whether you should file a personal injury claim:
- Am I in significant and/or continual pain because of my injuries?
- Did my injuries require medical attention?
- Are my medical costs far more than I can afford?
- Am I unable to do my job, take care of my children, or care for myself, because of my injuries?
If you answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, you should reach out and speak with a personal injury attorney in Clearwater right away. The sooner you file a claim for your accident, the better. If you want to learn more, or see if your injuries may warrant a claim, reach out to us at the Andreopoulos Law Firm today. Ask for your free consultation to get started.