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When I started getting into trouble I became pretty acclimated to legal procedures. Calling my attorney and working out bail was just another way to spend a Saturday night. Unfortunately, the stiffer the charges, the more difficult it was to talk my way out of a bad situation. After so many charges, I found myself slapped with a long jail sentence, and I realized that I wanted to turn things around. Fortunately, my lawyer was able to walk me through yet another process, so that I could make the right changes. My blog discusses how to emotionally cope with legal issues so that you can start living a good life.



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When You Shouldn't Take A Personal Injury Case To Court

by Lillian Wheeler

After you have become injured, you may feel that the situation in which you were injured is unfair and that you should be given compensation. However, if you do not have adequate grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, you may spend money on court costs and have nothing to show for it. 

There Is No Defendant

Injuries sometimes occur that have no defendant. For instance, if you are injured in a storm, there is no one to be held responsible. However, if there is someone who was negligent and he or she had a duty to you, this would mean that you have a case as long as you can provide sufficient evidence that he or she breached a duty of care and that this breach was more likely than not to have lead to your injury.

Not everyone is responsible for keeping you safe. For instance, if you slip on a wet floor, another pedestrian is not responsible for protecting you. However, the owner of the property would be held responsible for your injuries. By owning the property, that individual has control over the property and has the responsibility to make sure that it is safe. Similarly, a motorist driving a car owns this car and is responsible for operating it in a safe and legal manner. 

There Is A Lack Of Evidence

You are responsible for gathering the evidence to support your claim that the defendant was responsible for your injuries. Unfortunately, most of this evidence must be gathered relatively shortly after the incident. Photographs need to be taken, reports need to be written, and medical treatments need to be made. If all of this is not done in a timely manner, it will be difficult to prove the case after the fact. If you hire a personal injury attorney, he or she may still be able to track down witnesses and use expert testimony to prove that the defendant was at fault, but there are some cases where there is simply not enough evidence because too much time has passed.

If you are unsure about whether you should file a personal injury claim, it is best to consult with a personal injury lawyer, like those found at Otorowski Johnston Morrow & Golden P.L.L.C. An attorney will be able to examine your case to determine if you have sufficient evidence to seek a settlement or take the case to court. In some cases, even if you do not have sufficient evidence, the defendant may be willing to settle simply to avoid the hassle.