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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 26, 2016

Personal injury lawsuits are the most common civil litigation and negligence cases brought to court. Before you sue for personal injury, you should find out your state’s laws regarding the kinds of accidents, locations and other factors that be sued for personal injury.

Grounds for your personal injury case

There are two basic grounds that determine whether you have a personal injury case:

Clearly define harm – In personal injury lawsuits, there must have been an element of harm. In order to have a successful personal injury case you must be able to clearly prove the harm the accident caused you. Things like emotional distress is very difficult to prove in these types of cases, but keep in mind that the more solid proof you have, the more solid you case will be.

Definable duty – In order to have a personal injury case, the person you are attempting to sue must have owed a duty to you. This means that the person should have done something because of your relationship. For example, this could be a driver owing all other drivers and pedestrians the duty of responsible driving. In order to have a good personal injury case, the person you are suing must have breached their duty.

First steps in your personal injury claim

Below are the first steps you should take after being injured in order to preserve your right to a personal injury claim:

  • Collect evidence that can point to who caused the accident, as well as the damage caused by the accident. Take photos.
  • Write down everything that has happened to you after the accident, including things like medical bills, hospital visits, any lost work or wages, etc.
  • Be sure to get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the accident and contact these people to confirm their information.
  • If you speak to other people that were involved in the accident, be sure to take notes about your conversation.
  • Tell anyone that you may file suit against that you are planning on filing a claim for your injuries and property damage.