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Following Each Step in the Personal Injury Lawsuit Process






For many of us, filing a personal injury lawsuit won't happen more than once in our lifetime. For this reason, some of us may find it to be a more challenging process, and one that is complicated to navigate since we don’t usually find ourselves faced with this kind of claim process.





Some may also be unaware of exactly what needs to be done, what evidence they need when filing, and how long the entire process will take from start to finish. Today we will go over a few of these steps to give you a better idea about the process and what needs to be done to ensure fair compensation.





Step One: Find an Attorney





Following your injuries, you want to find an experienced personal injury attorney to help walk you through the process. If you have suffered injuries and experienced soft tissue damage, traumatic brain injury, or broken bones, you want to consult with an attorney so they can tell you exactly what it is you can expect during the process.





They will go over all the details with you, including the details of what caused the accident. They will also review your medical bills, the limitations you have due to your injuries, and how your injuries may be preventing you from working, which often results in lost income.





During this consultation, the personal injury attorney will also give you an assessment of what to expect, including a better idea of what financial compensation you may expect if you choose to pursue damages for your injuries.





Step Two: The Accident Investigation





Now it is time for the attorney to really examine the accident in further detail. Along with your statement, you will need to provide a good amount of evidence to show what happened. This can include witness statements, traffic or security footage, and even testimony from expert witnesses.





Step Three: Issuing the Claim





Once all of these steps have been followed, and the attorney has heard and understands everything, they can then begin working with you on filing your claim for compensation.





The claim will include all the information about your injuries including photographs, evidence that has been collected from the accident showing who bears responsibility, copies of your medical bills and records, information pertaining to your lost wages, and explanations of other pain and suffering you may be experiencing as a result of the accident.





The more comprehensive and complete your claim is when filing will help set you up for a much better resolution in your personal injury case.





Step Four: Negotiations Begin





Once the claim has been filed, the insurance company will come back with a reply and often a settlement offer. When this happens, the attorney will carefully look everything over to make sure that you fully understand everything that is being said. You will then discuss how the settlement compares to your bills and your injuries following the accident.





If you choose to accept the settlement offer, then there will be no negotiations. However, if you do not choose to accept the offer, you and your attorney can begin to discuss what kind of offer would be better.





A new claim is then submitted that reflects a new amount that you will accept for your injuries. You may also send a letter insisting on receiving full damages, or you can choose to accept a lower offer.





Step Five: Court





For many of us, filing a personal injury lawsuit won't happen more than once in our lifetime. For this reason, some of us may find it to be a more challenging process, and one that is complicated to navigate since we don’t usually find ourselves faced with this kind of claim process.





Some may also be unaware of exactly what needs to be done, what evidence they need when filing, and how long the entire process will take from start to finish. Today we will go over a few of these steps to give you a better idea about the process and what needs to be done to ensure fair compensation.


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