I'm injured, does that mean I can sue? Just because you were
hurt doesn't mean you're entitled to compensation. Your injury must
have been caused by someone else's negligence. If both injury and
negligence exist, you may have a valid complaint.
What if I'm partly at fault for my injury? People should be
responsible for their actions, whether they injure themselves or
someone else. If your conduct helped cause your injury, the jury may
reduce the compensation awarded to you. For example, if 50% of your
losses are due to your failure to wear a seat belt, your
compensation may be reduced by 50%.
injury lawsuits always tried before a jury? Not always.
Unless the suit involves a catastrophic injury or wrongful death,
the chances are greater than ever that it will not go to a jury.
Mediation is frequently used to settle cases without the expense,
time and risk of a jury trial.
would someone sue for wrongful death? If one person's
negligence takes the life of another, money is the only remedy that
our civil laws have to offer. Money isn't a substitute for a life,
but it can help the survivors financially endure life that no longer
includes their loved one. Your case may also benefit society. Being
forced to pay a monetary penalty may cause defendants, such as bar
owners who serve drunk drivers, to change their policies and thereby
avoid similar tragedies to another family.