Rosenberg Morse is back to give you more information on victims’ rights. Today, we are focused on the rights of personal injury victims. This topic idea came to me after a conversation with a Tampa personal injury lawyer. They told me many injury victims don’t know their rights and that lack of knowledge can actually harm their cases.
So, today, let’s talk about the rights of a personal injury victim.
You Have the Right to Be Safe
You actually have a right to be safe in this country. If someone harms you, they could be held accountable for the injuries you suffer. Whether they are held responsible in criminal or civil court, they could be punished for what they did.
For example, if someone assaults you, they could be convicted of assault and be sentenced to jail.
The Right to Sue
You also have the right to sue someone if they cause you harm. You can obviously sue someone if they intentionally harm you. But, what if someone harms you without meaning to? Some people accidentally cause others to be hurt. Can they be held accountable in that situation? Yes, they can. You can sue someone whose actions resulted in you being injured.
For example, if a vehicle driver hits you and hurts you, you could sue the driver. If a dog attacks you and you are injured, you could sue the dog’s owner. If you slip at a grocery store due to negligence on the part of the store owner or store workers, you could sue.
The Right to an Attorney
Of course, you have the right to have an attorney help you with a civil case. Just like with a criminal case, your lawyer can protect your rights and your best interests. They can guide you through the civil claims process so you can get justice and compensation for the harm you endured.
Many people try to file injury claims on their own, but this can be a mistake. You can have a lawyer help you with your case.
Personal Injury Victims Have Rights. Know What They Are
When a lawyer helps you, you are less likely to inadvertently harm your case. For example, if you talk to the at-fault person’s insurance company without a lawyer, you could tell them something they could use against you.
Remember you have rights; know your rights, and get help with your case if you need it. Rosenberg Morse will be back soon to share more information that could help victims deal with legal issues.