To successfully pursue a personal injury lawsuit, three elements must be present: negligence, causation, and damages. If you have been injured or involved in an accident, it may not always be clear whether there was negligence involved. Defining negligence can be especially tricky in premises liability, auto accident, and product liability lawsuits. However, if you feel that someone has departed from a “reasonable standard of care,” it is always worthwhile to investigate that person’s liability.
From there, the question becomes….did the negligence contribute to the damage or injury? The issue of causation is critical, and if you feel there is a direct link between the negligence and your injury, you should contact the personal injury lawyers at Manuel & Thompson, either at our offices in Panama City, or in Marianna or Bonifay, as soon as possible. Finally, you must sustain damages in order to file a personal injury lawsuit. Damages can take many forms and may not be physical. If you have been injured, your damages may include lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. When there is a link between negligence and damages, the court may award compensation.
The easiest way to find out if you have a case is to contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. During your initial consultation, be prepared to recount the events that contributed to your injury. At this stage, we will be able to advise you whether or not to pursue legal action and which parties may potentially be liable.
To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.