1.Did you suffer a personal injury? The injury can be physical or emotional. If you suffered a broken arm as a result of a slip and fall in a store, this is an example of a physical personal injury. If you suffer from depression after a traumatic automobile accident, this is an emotional personal injury. If you were in an accident that only involved property damage and you did not have any physical or emotional damage, you do not have a personal injury claim. The property damage would be covered through an insurance company or in some cases small claims court.
2.You have established that you suffered a personal injury. Now you need to determine if it was caused by the negligence of another person. Legally, negligence usually occurs when one person acts carelessly, which somehow (either directly or indirectly) causes some type of injury or harm to another person.
3.Once you have determined that the personal injury was a result of negligence, it is important to consider if you have a case to recover damages. You would want to take into consideration medical bills received for treatment as a result of your injuries and any lost wages as a result of being unable to perform your job duties among other things.If you have gone through the above considerations and think you have a valid personal injury claim or if you are still unsure, please contact The Law Offices of Michael H. Ricca P.C. at (516) 500-1647 so we can assist with your legal needs.