If you have been hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Although some people are hesitant to file a lawsuit, thinking that "accidents just happen," it is important to understand that personal injury litigation can bring you the financial relief necessary to adequately cover your medical expenses and daily living expenses in the face of lost wages and benefits. A personal injury lawsuit is not about vengeance or vindictiveness; it is about providing yourself and your family with the help you need from those responsible for your losses. When you are confronted with costly medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, and insurance companies refuse to adequately cover your losses, it quickly becomes clear that a personal injury lawsuit may be the best way to protect your recovery. How do you know if you have a valid personal injury claim following an automobile accident, slip or fall, defective product injury, or workplace accident? Consulting an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer for a free evaluation of your case is the best way to determine the validity of your claim, but there are certain factors you may wish to consider before calling. Accidents do happen. They are not intentional, but they can leave significant damage in their wake. Sometimes, and accident is unavoidable--just bad luck for those involved. However, more often, an accident is caused by someone's negligence or carelessness. If your own carelessness caused your injury, you likely do not have a personal injury claim, unless an attorney can demonstrate that someone else caused or contributed to your injury as well. A personal injury lawsuit only be successful if your accident attorney can prove three things:
- The accident was caused by someone else's negligence,
- you sustained a compensable injury in the accident,
- and your injury was caused by the negligent act.