What You Need to Know about Filing a Second Claim
A car accident can be one of the most frightening and stressful experiences in your life. Not only do you have to worry about physical damage to your vehicle, but you may also have to deal with serious injuries that could require intensive medical care and may even cause you to miss work while you recover. You may be able to recover financial compensation by filing a civil lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for the accident. Unfortunately, you aren’t guaranteed success in your lawsuit.
If you have filed a lawsuit and did not receive compensation for damages or did not receive enough, you may want to file a second claim for the same accident. However, because of the legal principle known as res judicata, you may not be able to file a second claim for the same case. To discuss your options with a qualified legal representative, contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.
What is Res Judicata?
When a plaintiff loses his or her case, they may try to file a second case in another court or another jurisdiction and fight for compensation again. Unfortunately, res judicata prevents plaintiffs who have already received a judgment on a case from filing another one against the same individual if:
- The second claim touches on issues the first claim dealt with
- The plaintiff received financial compensation in the first case but is now suing for additional money
- The second claim is suing for damages that should have been addressed in the first case
For more information about how res judicata can affect your case, contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.