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Can I File a Second Personal Injury Claim?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s irresponsible behavior, you may take legal action and file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party at fault. However, even if you win your case, you may find yourself needing additional compensation to pay for ongoing medical bills and other damages. In these instances, you may wish to file a second lawsuit against the same party in hopes of better results. Unfortunately, the principle of “res judicata” prevents plaintiffs from taking legal action a second time for the same injuries against the same defendant.

The best way to ensure that you receive the results you want the first time is to consult with a knowledgeable and skilled legal representative for your personal injury case. For more information about your case and options, contact a Louisville accident lawyer of the Sampson Law Firm today at 502-584-5050.

Understanding Res Judicata

Res judicata—a Latin phrase meaning “a matter already judged”—is a legal doctrine that can seriously impact your case. Under this principle, a plaintiff cannot file a second lawsuit against the same defendant if:

  • The case brings up points already addressed in the first case
  • The plaintiff is suing for damages that could have already been included in the first case
  • The plaintiff wants to recover additional compensation they did not receive in the first ruling

If you have questions about how res judicata affects your case, speak with a caring and professional legal representative today.

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If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, it is important to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn how you can recover the full compensation you need to pay for damages, contact a Louisville injury lawyer of the Sampson Law Firm at 502-584-5050 and schedule a confidential consultation.

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