All injuries have the potential to cause disability, pain, and suffering, but not all injuries are viewed the same by insurance companies, juries, and even the victims themselves. At Parrish DeVaughn Injury Lawyers, we help injured people get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. But we know that there’s a big difference between an injury that results in a painful bruise and an injury that results in permanent disability.
If you were recently injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be wondering what your options are. You know that filing a compensation claim means you may be able to get money for your accident-related expenses, especially if you were checked out by a doctor for your injury, but you may be unsure if it’s even worthwhile. After all, don’t injury claims take months or even years to settle?
Here’s what you need to know.
First, Talk to a Lawyer
Our job isn’t just to help injured victims get the money they’re owed. It’s also to help injured victims determine their best path forward. Sometimes, pursuing compensation from that at-fault party and their insurance provider isn’t only a good idea—it’s essential, given the expenses the injury caused.
In other cases, victims may be able to absorb out-of-pocket costs on their own, but only with great difficulty. And there are even cases where an injury claim is doomed to fail due to either lack of evidence or lack of expenses related to the injury.
As an injury victim, it can be difficult to tell which camp you belong in until you speak with an experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. Our legal team has decades of experience with many types of personal injury claims, and we know what to look for when building claims. When you contact us, our intake team will collect all the relevant information, and our attorneys will help you determine whether it’s worthwhile for you to move forward with a claim.
What Makes an Injury Compensation-Worthy?
Now that you know how our intake team and attorneys work hard to gather facts and review all available information after speaking to injury victims, your next question may be about how we judge potential claims. When we receive inquiries from potential clients, we start to confirm several details, including:
- They suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, or
- They were hurt at work for any reason, are too hurt to continue working, and their employer carries workers’ compensation insurance.
- They incurred expenses due to their injury, including medical bills and lost wages.
- They experienced pain and suffering that impacted their life, relationships, and/or happiness.
- And finally, the injury occurred within the past two years.
When some or all of those criteria are met, victims often have a good chance of recovering compensation. Our attorneys always give potential clients honest feedback on their cases, so that they know where they stand, what their odds of success are, and how much money they might receive.
What Makes an Injury NOT Compensation-Worthy?
While many injury claims are perfectly valid and deserving of big paydays, some aren’t. It’s unfair to call personal injury lawsuits “frivolous” given how important they are to victims who have been seriously injured by other people behaving negligently, but that doesn’t mean unnecessary lawsuits and attempts at getting compensation don’t exist!
Common factors that can result in a claim with no chance of success include:
- Lack of evidence that the injury was caused by someone else
- Extremely minor or non-existent injury
- Injury was caused by the victim’s actions in a non-work scenario
- Fees associated with filing the claim are higher than the potential settlement
It’s our job to collect all the relevant information when victims like you contact us. That means you won’t have to guess about whether your claim has a chance of success or not. Our years of experience building claims for victims mean we’ll give you a straightforward answer, so you’ll know exactly where you stand.
Get the Answers and Information You Need—Call Parrish DeVaughn
We know that many people are reluctant to get involved in the legal system, contact a lawyer, or go through a potential trial. But we also know that many injured victims desperately need compensation to stay on top of their medical bills and daily living expenses.
That’s why our consultations are always free. You can tell us exactly what happened and get an honest answer about your best options without worrying about an invoice, hourly rate, or attorney fee at the end. And best of all, our No Fee Guarantee® means you won’t owe us anything if we take on your claim unless we win you money. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain—call today.