Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Injuries typically require a victim and an at-fault party. However, suing for legal restitution is not always the best way to handle these situations, and sometimes lawsuits can cause even more harm because of stress, expense and loss of valuable time. Therefore, while the urge to seek restitution is understandable when you sustain an injury or damage because of someone else, especially in cases of neglect or willful intent, it is better to weigh your options and understand whether your claim is worthy of legal action.

Know the Extent of Coverage

While lawsuits allow you to seek compensation for your injuries and property damage, not every at-fault party has the coverage necessary to recover accrued costs. Therefore, it is essential to research whether the accused has insurance or the financial means for financial recovery. If not, then your best course of action is likely to move on.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

Once you have determined the extent of coverage, contact an attorney experienced in your type of injury. Personal injury claims pertain to a broad spectrum of injury cases, from defamation to car accidents, to dog bites or malpractice. Find a lawyer with both the required experience and a preferably a firm or team to help them research and argue your case. Also, when presenting the argument for your claim, make sure you have any relevant documents or police reports because these pieces of information will allow your attorney to assess the validity of your claim and the likelihood of success should it go to trial.


After researching financial capabilities and seeking advice from experienced counsel, it is time to sue or let it go. Do not rush the decision. Take your time and weigh the potential outcomes of each scenario. For instance, if you have a complicated legal battle but have suffered severe injuries from someone financially capable, then perhaps a lawsuit is the best recourse. However, even if your injuries are severe, if the accused does not have the means to compensate you for your injuries or property loss, then a legal fight may not be in the interest of anyone.

While injury resulting from negligence is enough to enrage even the most pacifistic, sometimes a lawsuit will not garner desired results, especially when a negligent party does not have the insurance coverage or the financial ability to provide fair compensation. However, the decision to sue is difficult, and before deciding on legal action, it is often better to contact a personal injury lawyer and discuss the specifics of your claim.