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Considerations to Help You Determine Whether to Pursue a Personal Injury Case

Published on July 14th, 2020

Personal Injury Lawyer

It’s understandable you want to seek compensation and hold the at-fault party responsible when you are injured by someone else’s lack of care. While a lawsuit might sound like the perfect solution, it’s not always a sound decision. If you’re considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, the following are some issues to look at to help you decide whether to pursue a case.

The Degree of Your Injury

If you have a minor injury that doesn’t require a lot of healthcare or any follow-up care, it will probably cost you more to pay for a lawyer and other legal fees than it would to just pay for your medical bills. Even if you win the case, you’ll be out the legal costs, and it may not be worth it at all.

If your injury is major, it could be worth going through with a personal injury case. For example, you might have had to ride in an ambulance, spend some time in the emergency room, need multiple surgeries, and require many visits by way of follow-up care. You might require medication for many more years and you might also require physical therapy. As you can see, all of these costs to care for your major injury will begin to add up, making such an injury worth fighting in court.

The Type of Treatment You’ve Sought

If you haven’t seen a doctor and received proper treatment, your chances of winning a favorable settlement might be quite low. You can’t seek compensation for medical bills you haven’t paid and won’t be paying. It’s possible with minor medical care, you could seek pain and suffering and similar types of damages, but it may not be a large enough amount to be worth pursuing a case. If you have sought the proper type of treatment and your medical bills are quite high, pursuing a case would be more worth the time and money.

Assets of the At-Fault Party

It’s possible that if your injuries are serious enough and your future treatment is extensive enough, you have a real chance at compensation. The problem could lie in the assets of the at-fault party. If there’s nowhere to pull compensation from, you may never see a penny of it, and it may not be worth the fight.

What to Do Next

As you can see, there are some things to consider when determining whether to file a personal injury case. If you are in this situation, a lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer from Darrell Castle and Associates, PLLC, can help. Contact one today for more information. 

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