If you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim. An injury claim is handled in civil court — not through the criminal system. That’s why people can file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state brings criminal charges (and even if no criminal charges are brought).
For example, if someone is hit by a drunk driver, they have the option to pursue a claim against the driver’s insurance. If the individual faces charges and is cleared of a DUI, that doesn’t mean that the personal injury claim can’t move forward. They’re totally separate cases. However,, if someone is convicted of a crime, then the claimant’s personal injury lawsuit typically has a better chance of success.
Not all claims have to go to court
In civil court, something you need to be prepared for is how much documentation you need. Strong documentation of your case will go a long way in helping you get a better settlement offer or award.
Keep in mind that your attorney will work with you and other parties involved to try to settle the case. Most personal injury claims don’t go to court, but you need to know what your case is worth before you attempt to settle. If the other party won’t give you enough, then that’s when the case can go to trial.
If you have questions about an injury you have suffered or you want to make a claim to help yourself recover with the compensation you need, our website has more information for you to explore.