If you were wrongfully injured in an accident, you can expect to file a claim for compensation, either with your own insurance company or the negligent party’s insurance company. You may even need to file a claim with a third party if more than one person was involved in or responsible for your accident and subsequent injuries. In addition, you may have to take your claim to court if the insurance company is unwilling to reach a fair settlement after hours of frustrating negotiations.
This is just the surface of all that a claim entails. All cases are different and there are countless possible obstacles that can arise at any time during a claim, including rehabilitation, deadlines, problems with creditors, bill payment, loss of wages and more. To handle a claim, get the compensation you need, and recover from your injuries, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. They provide direction and help in various ways and are therefore an indispensable part of your personal injury case. Read on to find out what a personal injury attorney can do for you during one of the most frightening and distressing times of your life.
A lawyer’s duty
The overall duty or purpose of an accident attorney is to provide legal representation to physically or psychologically injured victims seeking compensation to cover their damages and losses from the accident and injuries. In most cases, a personal injury attorney can negotiate a claim and reach an out-of-court settlement; but an experienced lawyer is always ready and willing to go to court if necessary. While all cases are different, the basic role of an accident lawyer does not change; however, the specific tasks they perform change depending on the needs of the business.
Here are some examples of the common duties of a personal injury attorney:
Collect evidence – In the beginning they will conduct an extensive investigation to gather all possible evidence around your claim. This includes police reports, witness statements, photos, videos and more. Once the client is medically stabilized, they can continue their investigation by collecting medical records, health reports, employment records, and more. This evidence helps build a case by verifying the details of the accident, documenting the course of the damage and pinpointing the fault.
Insurance negotiations – They then request a quote from the insurance company and continue to negotiate with them until a full and fair offer is made. If the insurance company does not budge, more drastic action is necessary.
Process – If the insurance company does not agree to a fair offer, the accident lawyer will sue and take the case to court or demand arbitration, or possibly even both. Once a lawsuit is filed, the opposing party has 30 days to respond. After receiving all responses from all defending parties, the discovery process can proceed, involving witness statements, expert testimony, depositions, and more. Once the discovery process is complete, a trial date will be scheduled. This date can be right away or months later; it all depends on the current traffic of the courts.