We’re proud to represent Alaskans who have been injured by others and help them secure the financial compensation to which they’re entitled so they can continue with their lives. It’s important to remember, however, that just being hurt – even severely in an accident – doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a valid personal injury claim.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will explain the specific criteria that must be met for a personal injury claim to be valid.
The Basic Requirements of a Valid Personal Injury Claim
- The person or organization that caused your injuries was negligent.
Yes, businesses and organizations can be held legally responsible for injuries caused by negligence just as a person can be.
For example, if you slipped and fell in the parking lot of a business that failed in its responsibilities to keep the lot clear of ice, the business owner would probably be found to be negligent.
Likewise, if a drunk driver crashed into your car and inured you or any passengers on board, that driver would likely be at fault through negligence.
- Your injuries were the result of the negligence.
The Alaska personal injury lawyer you retain must be able to establish that any injuries you experienced were the result of the negligence.
In the above drunk driving example, if you experienced broken bones as a result of the car crash, the drunk driver’s negligence would be the direct cause of your personal injury.
- The injuries you experienced can be relieved through financial compensation.
The legal system relies upon money to compensate victims for their injuries. To cover any medical bills to treat your injuries and lost wages because the injuries prevented you from working, the court or the at-fault person’s insurance provider may award you a sum or settlement to compensate you for any suffering.
Even if you’re not sure if you have a personal injury claim, call the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates if you’ve been injured by someone else.
It literally costs you nothing to come and speak with us during an initial meeting with the Alaska personal injury lawyers at Barber & Associates; the first meeting is always free.
We examine the facts of your situation and advise you on your options in terms of how to proceed.