You or a loved one have suffered harm from an accident or injury, and someone else is at fault. With a formal lawsuit or an informal settlement, your personal injury lawyer can help you protect your legal rights.
Dealing with an accident is never easy. While going through the pain of an injury, you’ll most likely have to deal with hospitals, insurance companies, and law enforcement. Not to mention trying to follow up with those legally responsible for your injury.
This is where a qualified personal injury attorney can help. An attorney will fight on your behalf to get you the largest possible settlement. Sometimes companies refuse to pay or offer an unreasonably low amount. Having strong representation significantly increases the value of your injuries.
Many people think that hiring a personal injury attorney means they’ll go to court. The truth is that most client’s cases settle out-of-court, though each case is unique and your attorney will know best.
Initially, your attorney will complete a lot of work including obtaining witness statements, photographs, official reports, etc.., in order to build your case.
Your attorney will solicit an offer from the insurance company involved, which you will be able to review. They will continue to negotiate to obtain a fair amount. If they cannot get a fair settlement through negotiation, the attorney will file a lawsuit and/or demand arbitration.
A “discovery” period begins after the lawsuit is filed. This phase includes depositions of parties, witnesses and experts. Your attorney will guide you through every step of the way and work to substantiate your claim.
After discovery, the trial date is requested. This date is dependent upon how busy the court is, and is beyond the control of your attorney or any other party.
It’s best to talk with a personal injury attorney directly, but here are some common aspects of personal injury cases.