After an accident, victims are dealing with severe injuries, often cannot return to work, and have a mountain of medical bills. Sometimes after these accidents there is compensation available to help accident victims, but a person needs to have a very strong case in order to claim it. So, what makes a strong personal injury case? There are several things, but the three most important are listed below.
Proving liability is essential to any personal injury claim. If you cannot prove that another person was liable, or at fault for your injury, there is no claim. A personal injury attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to determine which party was liable for the accident. Sometimes, there may be more than one party to blame for the accident and this can make it more difficult to determine who was at fault. Under Pennsylvania’s comparative fault laws, an attorney will also refute claims of liability the other side makes against you, which could reduce your compensation.
Damage to a Vehicle
Although this element of a personal injury claim really only applies to car accidents, in these cases, damage to a vehicle can become more important than it seems at first. It is true that even a crash that does not result in significant property damage can still cause an accident victim to sustain significant injury. Rear-end accidents are a great example of this. These crashes may not result in significant property damage, but a person can sustain whiplash and other injuries from which recovery takes weeks, or even months.
During their investigation, a personal injury attorney will know where to look for damage to a vehicle. This could include the bumper, or the underside of the vehicle. All of this will also help build a stronger personal injury claim.
Immediately Seeking Medical Attention
Accident victims must show that they sustained injury as a result of the accident. Naturally, when a person is hurt, they seek medical attention. For this reason, when accident victims do not immediately seek medical attention, it can hurt their claim. At-fault parties and insurance companies are likely to state that the accident victim could not have suffered serious injuries because they did not seek medical help.
In order to have a very strong claim, accident victims must get medical attention immediately after any accident. This holds true even when accident victims do not think they were seriously injured in the accident. Certain injuries, for example concussions, are not always apparent right away. That could lead victims to think that they do not need medical help and delay going to the doctor. Insurance companies will use that fact against victims who did not immediately seek treatment to minimize their claim.
Our Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys can Advise on the Merits of Your Claim
The best way to determine if you have a strong personal injury claim is to speak to a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer. At van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, we can advise on the merits of your case if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence. We will also aggressively pursue at-fault parties and insurance companies and hold them accountable for paying the compensation you deserve. If you have been hurt, call us today at (215) 486-0123 or chat with us live online so we can discuss your case.