If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of the actions of someone else, you obviously have many different and mostly troubling thoughts running through your mind. You are likely concerned about the pain you’re feeling, the recovery process that lies ahead, the medical bills you may have to pay and perhaps the income you’re losing if you’re unable to work while you recover.
With all of these issues in front of you, an option that you should consider is pursuing recovery in a legal sense. However, as you’ll see below, the last thing you should do is attempt to pursue this recovery, even if it’s completely justified, by yourself. You’ll need the help of a Sheboygan personal injury attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. In order to provide context, below you’ll see the four elements that are necessary to prove in order to obtain a recovery.
The concept of duty is such that every person is required to avoid conduct that places others who will be exposed to those actions in situations of unreasonable risk or danger. This means that people must take reasonable steps to protect the public in general from harm that’s a result of their actions or failure to act.
Assuming that the plaintiff proves that a duty of care was present, the plaintiff must next prove that the defendant breached that duty of care. Usually, the determination of whether the duty of care is breached is made by using what’s known as the “reasonable person” test. Basically, a jury will compare the conduct of a defendant to what a reasonable person would have done or not done in the same situation. If the defendant did not act in the same way that a reasonable person would have, he or she will be deemed to have breached the duty of care.
The most difficult concept to prove in a personal injury case is causation, and the reason for this is because it’s extremely complicated. Basically, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s breach of duty led, either directly or indirectly, to the injuries that the plaintiff suffered. Several legal tests are used to come to this conclusion, and it requires a skilled trial lawyer to make this connection.
Finally, if all three of the elements above are proven, the plaintiff must prove actual damages. This can be done by offering records of medical bills and other expenses, statements of lost income or even a request for pain and suffering. Without damages, there can be no claim.
As you see, proving a personal injury case successfully requires legal help. If this describes your situation, seek that help from a Sheboygan personal injury lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by contacting the firm to schedule a free initial consultation.