Depending on your injury, there may be multiple parties responsible for your recovery. Accidents inside stores could have been caused by the store's negligence, the failure of a vendor, or the actions of another customer. Being hospitalized after a fight is mostly the responsibility of the abuser, but instigators, venue operators, and law enforcement professionals who fail to step in may need to step forward to answer the situation. Here are a few costs and responsibility demands to consider before you sign any settlement or make any agreement after a personal injury.
What Will Recovery Cost?
Your medical bills need to be covered by the responsible parties, but how much will it cost in total? Can you even pin that number down to something finite?
For many injuries that have an expected recovery of a few weeks, you can reasonably estimate the medical costs and demand other personal compensation beyond that. The problem is that if your guess is too low, it can be difficult to take your legal opponents back to court after you've already agreed to a settlement.
To get the right number, you will need the opinion of medical professionals, seasoned medical billing experts, and injury attorney who is used to making settlements and winning personal injury cases. You have to consider not only your past and scheduled medical visits, but any future specialist referrals or complications.
With long-term injuries that may lead to long-term or permanent disability, don't guess on your own. The potential costs of long-term disability are too big to attach a single number, and agreements to evaluate the situation while asking that your legal opponents handle the medical bills is the best course. Asking for any large number below unreasonable amounts in the billions would be a mistake, and you're likely not getting billions on your own.
Who Is Responsible?
Don't go with your gut and blame the first person nearby, and don't stop at the manager. Although many injuries have a direct cause-and-effect relationship, it could be more complicated than that. Your compensation options could be more complicated as well.
First, the old phrase you can't squeeze blood from a turnip needs to be understood. You can only get so much money from poor people, so it's in your best interests to figure out if they were acting on someone else's orders or if something else could have caused the problem. They will likely be looking for a defense as well, but if anyone else could be at fault, it's in your best interests to investigate the matter as well.
If you were injured by a specific product that was placed or secured properly, you may need to take your complaints to the vendor. Items in a store are ultimately the store's responsibility, but both you and the store could gain from figuring out why a particular product has a violent malfunction.
Contact a personal injury law firm like Kilgore Smith LLC to discuss other aspects of injury compensation.