How to Sue Someone
If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligent or intentional conduct, you may be able to sue someone for compensation. Examples of personal injuries that may lead to a successful lawsuit include injuries stemming from sexual abuse, car accidents, defective products and police brutality.
The litigation process, however, usually involves more than just suing someone for money. In fact, the majority of injury cases are settled before trials even occur.
Often, the settlement reached in this process may result in a monetary award to the plaintiff. The amount of money you may be entitled to depends upon the laws in your state, your type of injury and the costs associated with your injury.
Find out if you may be able to sue someone for compensation for your injuries by speaking with a local personal injury lawyer. Get a free case evaluation with an injury attorney near you when you complete the free form on this page.
When to Sue Someone for a Personal Injury
Knowing when and how to sue someone is a key step in the litigation process. In order to file a personal injury lawsuit, several elements must typically be met:
- You must have been harmed in some way
- A person or group is responsible for your injury
- Your injury cost you lost wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, permanent disability
- You are prepared to potentially compromise through a settlement or mediation.
On the first element, a good case requires the litigant to have a valid personal injury claim. An injury claim is usually valid if, among other factors, the litigant has suffered an actual injury that was caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions.
If you've been injury you may want to act quickly. In many states there are laws limiting how long you may wait to file a lawsuit. Also, if you deal with an insurance company this may also impact your ability to file a lawsuit.
The bottom line: If you think you have a chance or even want to consider filing a lawsuit you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney right away.
How to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you feel you have a valid complaint, the next step may be to file a personal injury lawsuit. Since injury laws vary widely by state, speaking with a local injury attorney may help you learn your legal rights.
If your lawsuit is successful, or your attorney is able to reach a personal injury settlement with the opposing party, losses that may be recoverable include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning capacity
One important thing to remember is that time is always a key factor in injury cases. Many different statutes put limitations on the amount of time you have after suffering an injury to file a claim.
Since time is of the essence, you may want to to take quick, aggressive actions shortly after suffering an injury.
To begin the process of potentially suing someone, and to learn your legal rights and options, get a free case evaluation with a local personal injury attorney when you complete the form on this page.