“I’m not one of those people — why would I sue?”
If your injury was the result of an accident — caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness — you might feel some apprehensions about suing. You might have heard people whisper and talk about cases such as the hot coffee case. You’re not money-hungry, you just want this injury to go away so you can get on with your life. Why sue?
The truth is, when it comes to injuries, the consequences — monetary and emotional — cannot be easily quantified. You’re not suing to get rich, or even to get extra money — you are suing so you can cover the expenses that this tragic injury has brought onto you. You are seeking compensation for:
- Medical bills: Hospital stays, medications, x-rays, appointments — it all adds up. Who will pay for your medical care?
- Lost wages: Your injury has forced you to take time off work. How will you recover your lost income?
- Other expenses: You might need to travel far to get the medical care you need. You might even have to ask relatives to take time off work to help you. Who will compensate your family for that?
Certain injuries can be so severe, you might not be able to ever return to your previous line of work, or enjoy some of the activities and hobbies you used to.
Life after injury can be difficult. But you don’t have to go through it alone — seeking compensation for an accident is about getting the help you need to move on.