An accident or other incident could leave you with serious injuries. This can prompt you to want to take legal action. But the issue is not only whether you can sue, but also who can you sue for injuries? The answer isn’t always easy to come up with. Yes, you can sue the person that directly caused your injuries (it isn’t always apparent), but there may be additional defendants to sue. This is when your lawyer can come in handy, to help determine all the accountable parties. You can contact one of our Tatum & Atkinson lawyers to help in this regard.
It might surprise some to learn that you don’t name the other party’s insurer as a defendant, despite all the talk of insurance companies surrounding personal injury issues. Instead, you have to name the person or property owner personally and directly that caused your harm. The way that the insurer is involved is because the at-fault party has a contract with the insurance company to protect them against any liability that causes injury to another.
If there is another individual or entity that is legally at fault for your injury, then you might have a legitimate personal injury claim against them. You can get legal relief for your injuries through an insurance claim filed with the at-fault party’s insurance company (or in some situations, filed with your own) or via filing a personal injury lawsuit. Both allow you to recover monetary compensation for damages, which refers to all of the losses you’ve suffered, including your medical bills, lost income, and more.
Possible Liable Parties
The type of claim that you have, will make the difference about who you can sue. This can be straightforward or not, depending on the circumstances of your accident. For instance, if you were involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident, you would look at the driver’s negligence and can sue them accordingly. However, it may be unclear about liability and who is at fault. A lawyer can help unravel this.
But if you suffered an injury while on the job, you’ll most likely need to file a workers’ compensation claim. In almost every workplace accident, the injured worker is barred by law from suing their employer. However, you may have a potential lawsuit against someone else other than your employer. You should ask the following question: Did someone besides my employer cause or contribute to my injury? If the answer is yes, then you may have a case against that individual or entity, even if it happened while you were on the job.
Get Legal Help with Determining Who to Sue for Your Personal Injury
It isn’t always easy to see or obvious who the responsible party is for your injuries. You can try to gather information on your own, but an attorney can help you discover who to hold accountable with the ultimate goal of receiving the compensation that you deserve. Get insight from one of our Tatum & Atkinson attorneys. Contact us immediately to learn more.