If you have been wronged in some way you might be wondering what you can do to get restitution for all of your pain and suffering, as well as your physical injuries and property damage. One of the best ways is to file a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits are a great way to send a strong message that the way you were treated is unacceptable. Here are some things you need to know about personal injury lawsuits.
In Order To File A Lawsuit Does The Person's Actions Have To Be Intentional?
The person's actions that you are filling a lawsuit against don't have to be intentional to merit a lawsuit. In some cases, they are intentional. For instance, someone could have broken into your house and not only damaged your property, but injured you as well. You could sue them for the medical expenses relating to the injury.
In other cases the damage wasn't intentional, but you can still file a lawsuit. More than intent was if the person was acting reasonably and responsibly. If the person was negligent and caused the accident, you might have a good case against them; if the person did everything they could to prevent the accident, then you may not have a lawsuit.
What If There Are Criminal Charges, Can I Still File A Lawsuit?
In many cases criminal charges are filed along with a personal injury lawsuit. This is because civil court and criminal court are completely different. The state may press charges against the person for their actions, for instance, drunk driving, but through their criminal case you won't get any money for your pain and suffering. You will have to file a separate lawsuit in civil court. So in many cases, there are both criminal and civil cases going on at the same time for the same event.
My Situation Wasn't A Car Accident; Can I Still File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Car accidents are not the only reason you should file a personal injury lawsuit. Even though car accidents are the most well-known, there are lots of reasons to file a lawsuit. For instance, a slip and fall, death of a loved one, damaged personal property, a medical procedure gone wrong and so much more can be grounds for a lawsuit. If you think you might have a reason to file a lawsuit, talk to a personal injury lawyer.
By understanding these things you can decide if filling a lawsuit is right for you.