Should I sue? A personal injury lawyer's perspective
This guide will help you understand whether you should sue someone for your injuries.
The American SystemThe United States is one of the greatest countries to live in. Its citizens freely take care not only of themselves but others as well. One can easily say it is a country with a collective conscience to do the right thing. That can't be said of some other countries -- the collective part.
Moreover, while the United States for sure has a strong government, both at the federal and state level, the government primarily exists to serve the people, and not the other way around. That too cannot be said of some other countries.
If you don't know this, take a few trips around the world, spend some time in certain countries, and see for yourself. If you can't do that, then read about life in other countries. The internet is encyclopedic. Use it to learn.
You'll come to the same conclusions about America and you'll never take it for granted.
Tort Law in AmericaWith that as a backdrop, we come then to the civil justice system in America. The American collective conscience has deemed it proper to always right a wrong committed by another person -- in particular, a wrong that has injured another person. In America, we have both a criminal justice system and a civil justice system, one primarily to punish, the other primarily to compensate.
Yes, compensate: the giving of money to make another whole or as near to whole for the injuries suffered as a result of another person's fault. It's worth repeating: in America, we have all agreed to a system of compensation. When you are injured because of someone else's fault, you are entitled to money from that person. Entitled is a strong word, but the correct one. Why? Because that's the agreement we have all entered into just by living in this country. We have all (there isn't a single exception, except perhaps the sovereign American Indian nations) agreed -- because its the right thing to do -- to compensate another for the injuries that are our fault. Let that sink in, and you'll see why the answer to "should I sue?" is "yes."
The Amercian Civil Justice SystemThe civil justice system exists in America for the very reason of compensating injuries. Compensation that you are entitled to. So use it. While there may be questions about who is responsible and how much you should get (and many more questions), that shouldn't stop you from speaking with a lawyer and, if they deem it appropriate, to sue. So if you've been injured, don't wait. Speak with a lawyer right away. We're here to help.