Do I Have a Case?
Understanding Your Right to Compensation
One of the most common questions our attorneys receive from clients is whether or not they have a case. The answer, as with most things that have to do with the law, is that it depends.
Every case is unique, and the only way to determine whether someone has a case and how much it may be worth is to meet personally with an experienced lawyer. This is why Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. offers free case reviews. Take a moment to view the following points below, and contact us to determine whether you have a case for compensation.
Were you injured in your accident?
Just because you were involved in an accident does not automatically mean you’re entitled to damages. According to the law, victims must have suffered actual damages during their accident in order to file personal injury claims. These damages may include physical, emotional, and / or financial injuries. Successful claims can ultimately recover compensation for these damages. In some circumstances, wronged victims may also be able to recover compensation for non-injury damages caused by the negligence of others. If you have a case involving damages but no physical injury, our legal team can help you determine whether you have grounds to file a claim.
Did you get medical treatment?
Proving that you suffered physical injuries is a crucial part of the personal injury claim process. Simply saying that you were injured, however, will likely not be enough to win your claim. In order to protect your right to compensation and your health, it is important to seek timely medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident or when you begin to feel pain. Getting medical treatment will provide further credibility and evidence for your claim.
Has too much time passed?
You have a limited amount of time to file a civil action after being injured or suffering damages. This time deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Be aware that the statute of limitations can vary depending on the type of case and the jurisdiction (DC, Maryland, or Virginia). This is why we advise anyone who believes they might have a claim to take immediate action and speak with a lawyer.
Did someone else cause your accident?
Personal injury cases are hinged on proving that another person’s negligence or wrongful act more likely that not caused your accident – directly or indirectly. Even if you think you may have been somewhat at fault, there may be facts you are unaware of and you may still be entitled to compensation. Determining fault and gathering the evidence to prove someone else caused your accident and injuries are a large part of what we do as personal injury lawyers.
Call us for a FREE case review!
It’s important to understand that there are a number of unique factors that will determine whether or not you have a case. If you are still unsure if you have grounds to file a claim, you can discuss the unique aspects of your case with an attorney from our firm. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we take the time to thoroughly review cases and help victims understand their right to pursue compensation.