Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
You likely have a viable personal injury case if any or all of the following apply:
The Injury Was Caused by Someone Else’s Negligence
If someone else’s negligence is to blame for your injury, then you are likely entitled to compensation. If you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk or were injured by a defective product, then you deserve compensation. However if the sidewalk was properly maintained and you were just clumsy, or if you injured yourself because you did not follow product instructions properly, then you probably don’t have a viable case.
You Suffered (Or Will Suffer) Harm
This may seem obvious, but far too many people try to “tough it out” and deny the true extent of their injuries. It is easy to tell if you suffered catastrophic injuries, but some injuries appear relatively minor at first only to worsen over time. If you suffer any physical, emotional, or physiological harm as a result of a personal injury, it is important to consult a lawyer immediately.
Your Medical Costs Are Substantial
Some injuries are treated with nothing more than some Polysporin and a Band-Aid. Many personal injuries, however, carry substantial medical expenses. If you require expensive medications, medical devices, or medical treatment as a direct result of the injury, consult a personal injury lawyer to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Your Injuries Affected Your Work
If you were unable to work or experienced a decline in performance as a direct result of the injury, you may be entitled to compensation. This can include past loss of wages, such as missing time when you were in the hospital, or being unable to work while you recuperate. It also accounts for future loss of wages or loss of competitive advantage as a direct result of the injury.
You Continue to Suffer Pain
If you continue to experience physical pain, emotional suffering, and psychic trauma as a direct result of the injury, you may be entitled to non-pecuniary general damages to compensate. Sadly, the consequences of an injury can linger for years or even the rest of your life, and you deserve to be compensated for this fact.
If you are uncertain about whether you have a personal injury case worth pursuing, your first course of action (after receiving medical treatment, of course) should be to contact a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa. Contact Mullowney’s today to schedule a free consultation.