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Injured In An Accident? Find Out Who You Need To Sue For Accident Compensation
If you have been the victim of somebody else's negligence and have suffered an injury or loss as a result you may be considering suing for negligence compensation for your injuries or loss. This can be a daunting prospect, especially if you have not been down this avenue before, as you contemplate who exactly you need to sue for the injury or loss you have sustained and what steps you need to take in order to try and obtain compensation. This article looks at common reasons people sue for compensation, how to identify who you need to sue (and whether it is worth suing them) and what initial steps you need to take in order to sue somebody.
Negligence occurs where somebody acts, or fails to act, in a way that leads to another person being injured or suffering a loss. The person that has been injured or has suffered a loss - if they are able to successfully prove that the other person has been negligent - may then choose to sue for damages for compensation for their injury or loss. This can arise in a number of different scenarios. For example, if you have been the victim of a road traffic accident which was caused by somebody else's negligent driving you may be able to sue them for damages for compensation. Similarly, if you have been subjected to medical negligence - for example you have sustained an injury or illness due to a negligent act or omission on the part of the medical professional treating you - you may wish to sue the treating professional for damages.
When trying to identify who to sue for damages you need to establish the person or people that have carried out the act or omission which has caused your injury or loss. For example, in the two examples above you would need to make a claim against the driver who caused your accident and the medical professional (or their employer) who caused your injury or illness.
It is important to ensure that the person you are suing actually has the financial means to pay any damages awarded to you. Again, in the two examples being used above should not be a problem as drivers and medical professional should have a policy of insurance in place to help protect help in cases such as these. If the person you are going to sue does not have insurance you should carry out some investigations into their financial state to see whether they have the money or assets to pay out any damages that are awarded to you.
If you think you have been the victim of negligence and would like advice on who to sue and how to go about suing somebody you should contact an expert negligence solicitor who will usually offer you an initial, free, no-obligation consultation.
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