If you've been injured, there are a few other stakeholders outside of you and the person or group that hurt you. That doesn't mean you shouldn't take care of your needs first, but you need to consider any consequences of your claim or legal argument before signing anything. You could be leaving money and services on the table by signing an agreement with a person who can't pay or missing the chance to challenge a bigger group that can pay. Before signing anything, consider a few of the intricate challenges within personal injury situations.
The Most Basic, Personal Level
There are times where your injury can only be blamed on one person or group. If you were injured due to a clear case of someone else's negligence or aggression, you need to calmly, carefully, but firmly begin a personal injury case against them with a personal injury attorney at your side to ensure the best possible outcome.
You shouldn't trust the other party to pay a fair share just because you ask, and you shouldn't assume that a violent offender won't use violence to suppress your rights. With a legal professional on your side, you can get a more accurate estimate that is likely to be paid by your legal adversary, as well as protection and backup plans in case violence is the answer.
Don't assume that the police can handle everything. A restraining order can only do so much if the person willfully breaks the law, and unless the physical altercation is part of a criminal case, there may be no precedent to make police take you seriously. Not all altercations end up in criminal court, especially if details of the altercation aren't clear. You wouldn't want to leave yourself open to retaliation that the law enforcement can't legally restrict until a crime actually occurs.
A Vendor's Fault In An Individual's Hands
You may be blaming an individual for something that was caused by faulty equipment or products. If the person who injured you was doing their job safely, but an equipment malfunction lead to a dangerous projectile, impact, or other damage, blaming the person immediately could be a mistake that leaves a lot of money on the table.
Even if the individual is found at fault, if they can't pay for everything, they simply can't pay. You may deal with years of low, insufficient payments. If you take your legal challenge to the vendor, such as the manufacturer of the machine that injured you or the producer of a product that scarred you, the payment potential is much greater.
Such investigations should be left with an attorney, who can get all of the information needed and may even be able to protect the person who had no intention of causing harm. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss options beyond just blaming the individual.