If someone else’s actions injured you, you might have a valid injury claim. However, every situation is different. There are a few factors to consider to know if you have a case.
It’s best to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can examine the details of your accident. Based on your situation, they can let you know if you have a case.
Contact John Foy & Associates to talk about your case during a FREE, no-risk consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
How Can I Know If I Have a Valid Injury Claim?
We recommend having a lawyer evaluate your case. However, some questions will help you know if you have a claim.
Ask yourself these three questions. If the answer is “yes” to each of them, you probably have a valid claim. If you do have a claim, you can seek financial recovery for your injuries.
1. Do I Have a Personal Injury?
A personal injury case must start with a physical injury. You might suffer a personal injury from:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites or animal attacks
If an accident like those listed above injured you, you might have a case. Personal injuries can include psychological harm, but it must result from a physical injury.
If your accident does not cause physical injuries, you would not have a personal injury claim. If you have property damage but no injuries, that’s a different type of case.
2. Did Someone’s Negligence Cause My Injury?
A personal injury claim must involve negligence. Under Georgia Code Section 51-1-2, “ordinary negligence” is the lack of care that a careful person would have under similar situations. You could say negligence is a form of carelessness.
All people must act in a way that doesn’t harm others. If someone fails in that duty, they have been negligent. To have a personal injury claim, someone must have been negligent.
The negligent party in an accident is “at fault.” That at-fault party could be:
- A person
- A company or organization
- A government entity
When you file your injury claim, you will need to know who was at fault for your injuries.
3. Do I Have Damages From My Injury?
Finally, you must have damages. Damages are costs or losses resulting from your injury. You cannot have a valid injury case without damages.
Your lawyer will need to know all of your damages from your accident. They will calculate your total costs. If you did not cause your injury, you might be entitled to full compensation for your losses.
So, to have a valid injury claim, you’ll need the following:
- A personal injury
- Someone else’s negligence as the cause of your injury
- Damages from your personal injury
Some injury claims are more straightforward. You might be reasonably sure that you have a case. Other times, your options might be confusing or unclear. Either way, it’s good to schedule a consultation with a lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we always start with a 100% FREE consultation. We’ll listen to your situation and answer your questions. We can let you know if you have a case. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.
To get a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
What Are Some Common Personal Injury Damages?
Consider all of the ways your injury has affected your life. You might have personal injury damages like:
- Medical bills from the treatment of your injury
- Prescription medications for your treatment
- Lost wages from work time you’ve had to miss
- Property damage, such as vehicle repairs
- Lost earning capacity if your injury prevents you from working as you could before
- Pain and suffering that the injury has caused you
- Scarring or disfigurement from your accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life or things you used to do
Medical costs, lost wages, and property damage are examples of special damages. You will need to provide proof of these costs. Pain and suffering are general damages that you don’t have to prove. Your lawyer will know how to calculate these damages most accurately.
Do I Have a Valid Injury Claim If My Injuries Are Minor?
If you have a minor injury but meet the above criteria, you might have a case. If you don’t have injuries, or you only have property damage, you won’t have an injury claim.
You’ll also want to consider the strength of your case. If it’s unclear who was at fault, you will have a harder time getting compensation. If you have a lot of damages, pursuing a claim is probably worth it.
Before making any decisions, bring your concerns to a personal injury lawyer. They can look at your case and discuss your options. That way, you’ll understand what type of settlement you might expect.
Get a Free Consultation with a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries and damages, you might have a claim. To know for sure, contact John Foy & Associates. We’ll go over the details with you during a FREE consultation.
John Foy & Associates is one of the largest and most respected injury law firms in Georgia. We’re always on the side of injury victims. We know what it takes to win cases.
When you work with us, there is no fee unless we win. You don’t have to worry about upfront or out-of-pocket costs. To schedule your FREE consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.