When you are harmed in an accident, you can be left with a mix of emotions. On one hand, you may want the party at fault to pay for what they did. Then again, you may realize that what happened was unintentional and frown upon punishing someone for an honest mistake. Both views are understandable. However, if you fall into the latter camp, let me mention a few quick points. First and foremost, accidents don’t erase responsibility. Secondly, you typically aren’t targeting the individual at fault so much as their insurance company, which is in business to cover these exact scenarios. So, you should not feel guilty for taking legal action. You have every right to. It’s how the system works.
When You Should Hire an Attorney
The word “injury” is vague. While you may not want to file a lawsuit over a paper cut, you do not have to be seriously hurt to secure legal counsel. Even minor wounds often require a trip to the hospital or doctor’s office, time off from work, and a reduction in daily productivity. These are not things you should simply “deal with” in silence. If these types of consequences are the result of another person’s actions, you should be compensated accordingly.
In the legal world, this process of determination is known as proving negligence. As previously stated, those who are found negligent did not necessary have ill intent — they simply failed to act responsibly. For example, if someone lets their dog play in the park without a leash, they are not taking the necessary precautions to ensure that no one is bitten. While they may not intend for anyone to be attacked, if a bite occurs, they will likely be held responsible. Therefore, if you think there may be negligence at play in your case, it is best to seek legal counsel, no matter the size of your injury or the intent of the party at fault.