What is Causation?
One of the two most important things that an injured party needs to prove in a personal injury case is that there was a causal connection between the two events.
- You must demonstrate that the other person was under a responsibility to act in a certain way and that they did not fulfill it. This is commonly referred to as proving negligence.
- You must demonstrate causation. It is not enough to show that the other person failed in their duty; you must also show that their failure caused you to be injured.
How Do You Establish Causation?
In personal injury law, we frequently employ a test known as the “if it weren’t for” test. This is how it works:
- Describe the negligent party’s actions and what they did that was wrong.
- Now, you should say, “If it weren’t for (what they did), I wouldn’t have gotten injured.” How does this sound to you? Does it sound legitimate?
Here is an example, “if it weren’t for the driver running through a red light and hitting my car, I wouldn’t have sustained a traumatic brain injury.”
The stronger the “if it weren’t for” sounds, the easier it will be to prove causation and receive a favorable outcome for your case.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for Legal Advice
No matter how strong your “if it weren’t for” sounds, it’s always in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer for legal help.
Even if a case seems cut and dry, you never know what the insurance company will try to do to delegitimize your claim for compensation. Your attorney will make sure that does not happen.
Always look for an attorney who has previous experience handling the same type of case as yours. You want to have someone with experience representing your best interests.
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