The first factor that must be evaluated is how the accident occurred. Someone must be at fault for causing the accident. One may be at fault for an accident under a variety of theories such as the failure to use reasonable care when driving or violating a safety law or defectively designing a product or failing to provide a safe premises. In order to determine whether someone is at fault for the accident, we must investigate the case which may involve visiting the scene, obtaining witness statements, hiring and consulting with expert witnesses such as accident reconstructionists, engineers, architects and doctors, and researching the applicable law.
After we consider how the accident occurred and determine if someone can be held accountable for causing the accident, we must evaluate your damages. Damages fall into two basic categories - economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include items like medical expenses, lost wages, lost fringe benefits and out of pocket expenses such as the cost of hiring someone to perform services in your place. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life such as the loss of the ability to perform daily tasks, to participate in the activities which were part of your life before the injury and to experience the pleasures of life. All these items must be reviewed in order to determine if an injured person has a case and whether it should be pursued.
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