Personal injury claims can result from another person causing you minor injuries such as burns or major life-changing accidents like brain trauma or loss of capacity to work. If you pursue your case, you may be eligible to receive compensation and protect your legal rights.
Deciding to pursue a personal injury claim is one thing. Going through the process of building your case and making it compelling and clear-cut enough to win is another. Winning your case usually means enlisting the help of a qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable attorney to guide you throughout the process.
First, you must find an expert attorney for your case as soon as possible. Since personal injury laws are rapidly and are constantly changing, the attorney you choose must be knowledgeable and qualified to defend your case and must be involved early in the process. Injury attorneys can help you gather the evidence including testimonies from key witnesses. They can also handle the negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf.
Fees for your attorney are usually charged on either an hourly or contingency basis. The latter means the client will not be charged unless the case is won. A fee agreement detailing the payment terms and conditions will be prepared by and discussed with your attorney prior starting the case.
Once the case commences, your lawyer will ask you to write a statement describing the events of, and leading to, your injury. Remember to be thorough. Keeping a detailed journal will make this task easier. You must also include information about your ongoing medical care. If you’re not sure an information is relevant, you may include it anyway. Your account is protected by the attorney-client privilege so do not hesitate to include more details.
While you are building your case, your attorney may talk to witnesses of the accident and assess related police reports. A review your medical records may also be performed by your attorney and discussed with health providers and experts on the injury. Do not hesitate to cooperate in case your attorneys require your assistance in gathering information. It will hasten the development of your case and further build your injury claim.
Lastly, consult with your attorney about settlement options. If you decide to settle and not pursue a trial, your attorney can present a settlement proposal to the insurance adjuster. Then the insurance adjuster could make a settlement offer. You can review this offer and discuss the best option with your attorney. Your attorney can help you decide to accept or reject the settlement option and go to court to seek additional compensation.
Note that most personal injury cases do not pursue trial rather they end in a settlement. Consulting with your attorney about this option is important if you are anxious to settle. Usually, if you have ongoing medical issues, it is advisable to wait before settling. After all, if you settle and your medical condition worsened since, you won’t have grounds to seek additional compensation for your injury.
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