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Do I Have a Case? 5 Key Things to Consider

  • By interactive
  • 16 Aug, 2017
Sioux City Law Firm
When consulting a law firm, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not you have a solid case. While this can be discussed extensively with an attorney, there are some basic criteria that need to be in place in order to increase the likelihood of a successful personal injury case outcome. The following is an overview of the five top areas to consider:

1. Look at Liability

The first and most important point to look at is whether or not another specific party (or parties) was at fault in your scenario. Was an individual, business or organization negligent, careless or unsafe in their actions? Was there medical malpractice or a defective product experience due to negligence? Was harmful action taken deliberately by a party that resulted in injury or loss?

2. What Are the Damages?

Next, determine if the negligent, careless, unsafe or deliberate actions of the other party caused quantifiable injury. The injury can be physical or emotional – or both. Possible damages in the case can also include loss of wages, property damage and costs associated with medical bills.

3. Do You Have Sufficient Evidence to Prove Your Case?

Is there sufficient proof to show the other party is at fault and is the source and cause of the damages that were inflicted? Do you have photo or video evidence? Are there sufficient records of the facts in the case that can be submitted as evidence? Are there reputable witnesses that can be called to testify?

4. Check the Timing and Relevant Deadlines

How long ago did the incident occur? Is it within the appropriate “statute of limitations” for your state which will allow you to have a valid case? It’s very important to consult with a legal professional in order to verify the facts of your case and ensure that you are within the relevant deadlines. A law firm is your best source of information for these types of specifics regarding your case.

5. A Viable Payment Source

If your goal is to collect a financial payment or reward for the damages suffered, is there a viable possibility of actually collecting on the case financially? The most likely source for collecting damages would be from an insurance policy or from the coffers of a well-funded individual, company or organization. Verify that a financial reward will be possible for your case (and for the amount sought) if this is indeed your goal in going forward with the case.

Filing a law suit is a major decision not to be taken lightly. You might not be sure if your situation has all of the elements for a successful outcome. These five areas can help to give you a better sense of whether or not your case is viable.

A professional law firm can give you even more specifics tailored to your particular situation. Contact Fitch & Stahle Law Office for insights and advice to help you determine if you have a strong legal case.

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