Is My Personal Injury Severe Enough for a Lawsuit?

November 22, 2021 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Is My Personal Injury Severe Enough for a Lawsuit?

Determining Whether or Not to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

People can end up involved in severe accidents that inflict grievous injuries that lead to permanent and debilitating damage. Sometimes this consists of a motor vehicle accident, construction accident, slip and fall, etc. caused by a certain liable party's negligence. In cases such as this, the injured party may seek compensation for the damages they suffered through a personal injury lawsuit. When the injuries are brutal and severe then filing a lawsuit seems like the obvious course of action but there are many cases where people suffer injuries that may not seem quite so severe yet still interfere with their lives. This leads to the question of whether or not one's injuries warrant filing a personal injury claim. 

What Do You Need to File a Personal Injury Claim?

In order to take legal action after a personal injury, an injured party needs to first be able to determine who may be liable for their damages. In order for a party to be considered liable for a personal injury they need to have had a duty of care towards the plaintiff. This means that the liable party had a legal obligation to act with reasonable care when performing some kind of action that had the potential to harm another person like the plaintiff. 

Personal Injuries and Negligence

A personal injury case also requires that the liable party in question acted negligently in some way that violated said duty of care. Negligence is when a party fails to act or acts incorrectly in a way that leads to the harm of a party like a plaintiff. There are many situations where people are harmed by possibly liable parties but this does not always mean that the liable party acted negligently. Many situations involve unforeseeable events, errors, and malfunctions that are beyond the power of a liable party to address and take action against which means that a plaintiff does not have a personal injury case. 

Personal Injury Severity and Lawsuit Eligibility

Most of all, filing a personal injury case requires an injury that inflicted severe enough damages to warrant taking legal action. This does not always mean that a plaintiff needs to suffer especially egregious physical injuries like spinal cord injuries, third-degree burns, traumatic brain injuries, etc. in order to file a personal injury lawsuit. What matters is the damages that one suffers because of one's injuries. For example, a broken leg is a fairly common injury that many people experience requiring fairly mild medical intervention and recuperation time. However, an injury like this can potentially lead to severe damages. A broken leg can cause a great deal of interference in a person's life with regard to their career leading to lost wages, lost job opportunities, and even end entire careers. These damages deserve compensation even if the injury itself is not as physically intense as those that cause permanent disability or disfigurement. 

When Should You Not File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury lawsuits are an essential tool for those harmed by severe negligence to seek compensation for losses they unjustly suffer because of injuries. While they are an integral part of civil law they also have some drawbacks that can make them an unwieldy legal option for some that have been injured.  One of the biggest obstacles facing those wishing to file a personal injury lawsuit is the investment of time and money. A personal injury lawsuit can easily end up taking over a year to reach a conclusion. Legal fees and other miscellaneous costs can also end up making lawsuits an expensive undertaking. Whether or not the value of damages is severe enough to undergo the expensive undertaking of a lawsuit is a serious consideration that sometimes dissuades many plaintiffs from taking that form of legal action.

Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Case

The best way to determine whether or not filing a personal injury lawsuit is the right course of action for you is to speak to a personal injury lawyer. They have insight that can prove invaluable in determining the value of your case and your ability to effectively seek compensation for damages.  An experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to point out liable parties and damages that can be part of your case that may not have occurred to you. Sitting down for a consultation with a personal injury attorney can provide more information beyond this. Statutes of limitations, issues with proving negligence, precedents, and various legal procedures relevant to your case can be brought to your attention.  Take the time to seek out a personal injury attorney that has your best interests at heart. There are a variety of settlement mills and incompetent lawyers that will make big promises but deliver meek results. Do your due diligence and speak to Dolman Law Group Gips, a firm with a proven track record of success in personal injury. 

Seek an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have suffered a severe injury in an accident then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about coming in for a free consultation on your claim. Our lawyers are happy to sit down with you to discuss the details of your case and offer some legal options as to how you can seek compensation. Dolman Law Group understands how your life can be negatively affected by all of the damages associated with a personal injury and can assist you in your pursuit of compensation. Let Dolman Law Group assist you in holding those liable for your injury responsible and recover compensation to help with the damages you suffered.  The experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group are very familiar with the intricacies and nuances associated with litigating a personal injury case. Let our experienced team of investigators, expert witnesses, and experienced attorneys get you the compensation you deserve for your head injury case. Schedule a free consultation with our seasoned attorneys at (727) 451-6900 or use our online contact form. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 N Belcher Rd Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 451-6900


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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