I Was In A Car Accident – Should I Pursue A Personal Injury Claim?

After a startling and stressful event like a car accident, victims typically have many questions, and that is understandable. By their very nature, accidents are unexpected and overwhelming experiences. A car accident can turn life upside down in an instant. Among the many questions victims have after an accident, one of the most common is, “Should I pursue a personal injury claim?”

That’s an important question to ask. After all, depending upon the severity of the car accident in question, you may be unable to work and earn the income that you need to continue to provide for yourself and your family. All the while, medical bills may be piling up, and you may be wondering whether filing a personal injury claim will help to ease that financial burden.

Often, pursuing a personal injury claim can be an effective way to seek the compensation you need and deserve following an accident. As you consider whether or not you may want to do so, here are a few factors to consider:

  • Fault: Who was at fault in the car accident? In many jurisdictions, fault will play a key role in determining whether compensation will be available following a car accident. Often, if the other driver was entirely at fault in causing the accident, he or she will be liable for damages, and pursuing a personal injury claim may be well worth the effort. In other situations, however, both parties may have contributed to the accident, or the injured party may have been entirely at fault. In those cases, recovery may be less likely. As a result, consulting with an attorney who knows and understands the law for your particular circumstances and jurisdiction will be important.


  • Severity of Injury: Any legal matter can be complicated. By necessity, legal matters take time. If you only sustained minor injuries – abrasions, bruises, or strains that resolved quickly with no lasting effects, for example – you may decide that a personal injury claim is not worth the time and effort involved. That’s understandable. Certainly, however, if you sustained severe and lasting injuries that require ongoing medical treatment, filing a personal injury claim to seek the compensation you deserve may be the best choice. An attorney who knows and understands the law will be able to listen to your story, discuss your injuries, and best advise you as to your specific situation.


  • Extent of Damages: In any legal matter, damages will be an important issue, and personal injury claims are no different. In such claims, compensation may be available for damage to property, payment of medical bills, reimbursement of lost wages or anticipated future earnings, damages for pain and suffering, and more. Each and every case will be different, but generally, the more damages you have suffered, the more likely it is that filing a personal injury claim may be an essential part of pursuing the compensation you need and deserve.

Certainly, these are only a few of the many potential factors to consider when determining whether or not filing a personal injury claim might be the best decision following a car accident. If you believe that filing a personal injury claim might be your best path forward, there’s no time like now to get started taking the first steps. One of those essential steps is consulting with a team of personal injury lawyers who know and understand the law and can provide advice about your particular circumstances. At Roden Law, we’re here to help.



If you are the victim of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve to pursue whatever benefits you may be entitled to. Particularly if your accident has rendered you unable to work and provide for yourself and your family, you may be in desperate need of that compensation – and you need a legal team on your side who can help you fight for it. At Roden Law, we are that team.

Our knowledgeable and experienced team of personal injury attorneys will pursue the very best legal strategies on your behalf. We’ll fight for the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to. You deserve nothing less. If you’re ready to get started, we’re here to help. Give us a call at any time. We look forward to speaking with you soon.