Knowing if you should file a personal injury lawsuit can be hard. There are so many factors that go into the lawsuit that many people hold off and don't file when they should, or jump the gun, and file when they could have resolved it on their own. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Can You Resolve it With the Insurance Company First?
One of the most common ways to resolve a personal injury dispute is by going directly to the insurance provider. For instance, if you were in a car accident you should be able to file a claim with the insurance provider of either yourself, or the person that caused the accident, and get all of your expenses paid for relating to the accident. In some cases it can take a couple months to get everything worked out, but so long as they are actively working on your case, and they are being reasonable, you shouldn't need to file a lawsuit.
The problem comes when the insurance provider gives you the run around, denies your claim, or is just overall difficult to work with. You shouldn't wait too long to go to a lawyer if this is the case, since you only have a short window where you can file a lawsuit, but you do need to try to resolve it on your own first.
Are You Filing the Suit for Revenge?
Another mistake that people make when it comes to personal injury lawsuits is that they file their lawsuit only to get revenge. If you were wronged by someone you might want to punish them for the pain that you are experiencing. The problem is that a lawsuit needs to be based on facts and needs to be based on the numbers. You can only file a lawsuit for the money that you lost from the accident. So if you are getting money from the insurance company, or if you got enough money to cover your losses, that needs to be enough.
Filing a lawsuit to get revenge will almost guarantee that you will never be satisfied. You will rarely get the exact outcome you want, and in the end, you will probably still have the same frustrated feelings. This is why it is better to work through those feelings, and only file the lawsuit to cover your losses.
These are important things to know about filing a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more, contact a personal injury or car accident attorney in your area.