No matter how straightforward your situation may seem, winning a personal injury case is never easy. Without the right personal injury lawyer to advise you, you may have put a lot of time and energy into the case with nothing to show for it. With so much at stake, it’s important to give yourself the best chance at success when you attempt to recover compensation.
If you lost your personal injury case, you may not necessarily be out of options. Keep reading to learn more from Stewart Law Offices.
Why Did I Lose My Personal Injury Case?
There are a number of reasons you may have lost your personal injury case. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Not hiring a lawyer
- Contributory negligence (North Carolina) or comparative negligence laws (South Carolina), which limit your ability to collect compensation based on your percentage of fault for the accident
- Lack of evidence
- Exaggerating your injuries
- Making social media posts or public statements about the accident and/or your injuries
- Hiding pre-existing conditions
- Waiting too long to file your claim
- Missing court dates or other deadlines
Can You Reopen a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Whether you can reopen a personal injury case depends on several factors, the biggest of which being how the case was resolved. If your case was dismissed, it will be dismissed either with prejudice or without prejudice.
When a case is dismissed with prejudice, it means the court has determined has made a final decision on the merits of your claim and no further legal action can be taken. A case that has been dismissed with prejudice cannot be reopened using the same legal arguments, although it’s possible to appeal the dismissal in a higher court.
A dismissal without prejudice does not reset the statute of limitations, though. If a dismissed case is refiled after the statute of limitations has expired, it will likely be dismissed a final time.
In some personal injury cases, the injured party accepts a settlement before trial, only to see their injuries worsen or find that they did not get as much compensation as they could have. In these situations, the injured party may wish to reopen the case, but they will generally be unable to do so. When a settlement is reached in a personal injury case, the injured party almost always signs a liability waiver giving up their right to file another lawsuit in exchange for the compensation they receive.
Ways You Could Have Won Your Injury Case
Losing a personal injury case stings, but it’s also a learning experience. Here are some things to keep in mind that may have changed the outcome of your case:
- The right attorney can make all the difference, so always choose your personal injury lawyer carefully.
- Get started as soon as possible. The more time you give your attorney to work on your case, the greater the likelihood that he/she will obtain valuable evidence and witness statements to support your claim.
- Stay away from social media.
- Be truthful to your doctor and attorney about the extent of your injuries.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan precisely.
Contact Stewart Law Offices Today
If you lost your personal injury case, a lawyer from Stewart Law Offices would be happy to review your case to determine whether you have any other legal options. Get a free consultation today by calling one of our offices or visiting our contact page.