Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Between Winning and Losing in an Auto Accident Claim

Recovering for damages in an auto accident requires more than having an injury to show and having someone to account for it as the offending party (defendant).

Take the case involving Keanu Reeves and Alison Silva as mentioned in the article, “Keanu Reeves Wins Lawsuit Filed by Paparazzo Alison Silva”, posted on November 3, 2008.

According to the article, the lawsuit arose from an auto accident where Reeves, who was driving his car, had allegedly struck Silva, resulting in permanent damage to his wrist as he claimed.

However, in the hearing that lasted five days, the jury who heard all the testimony of witnesses, including a video, decided in favor of Reeves, turning down Silva’s claim of $ 711, 974, to cover for medical expenses and compensation for lost wages.

There is no surefire way to win in an auto accident claim but one can surely increase his chances of obtaining a successful claim. Winning a claim depends on a case-to-case basis, meaning the verdict in a case will depend on the issues raised and its merits.

To increase one’s chances in obtaining full compensation in an accident, it is necessary to have evidence of the accident and your injuries well documented, including accident reports and the medical findings.

In addition, hiring a personal injury lawyer who specializes in auto accidents may also improve one’s chances of getting a rightful claim.