When you have been injured due to some other person or company’s negligence, you may have a personal injury case. An accident is not necessarily an automobile accident; personal injury includes bodily injury from dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective products, home accidents and more.
After an Accident
See your doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Even if you are just “sore,” you may have injuries that have not manifested yet. Some injuries may not appear for hours or days after the accident. Regardless of the type of accident, refer everyone to your insurance company or your attorney. Anything that you say to others involved, including the other person’s insurance company, may be used against you should you have to file a personal injury claim. If you are injured, you should contact an attorney, even if you are not sure you need one.
And, keep this in mind — your insurance company is looking out for their best interests, not yours. You will need your own attorney, especially if you expect to recover money and other damages. If the other person’s insurance adjuster contacts you, refer the adjuster to your attorney. If the adjuster offers to pay your medical bills, chances are you are entitled to money and other damages. The insurance adjuster is hoping that you’ll settle for a lesser amount. Once you sign those documents or deposit a check they send, you may preclude a future recovery for damages later, even if injuries appear later.
If you suffered a personal injury and the other person was at fault, you may be entitled to money damages. If criminal conduct is involved, you may be entitled to punitive damages. An example of criminal conduct which can give rise to a punitive damage claim is if you are hit by a drunk driver. Injuries for which you may seek money damages may include the following:
- Medical bills, including hospital, doctor physical therapy and surgery expenses, personal care nursing, prescriptions and more
- Lost wages
- Physical disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
- Permanent scars
- Loss of love and affection
- Property damage
- Mental disability
This is only a partial list. You may also be entitled to expenses such as house cleaning, transportation, home maintenance and more.
Punitive damages are a punishment for the person or company who caused your injury. The conduct must have been outrageous, such as someone driving drunk or a hit and run. Some states do limit punitive damages. Some states do limit punitive damages.
Contact Titus Law
If you have been injured in an accident or even if you are not sure you need an attorney because you were involved in an accident, contact us at Titus Law, LLC to set up a consultation.