If you or a family member have been injured due to negligence, you will need to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims are not easy or over quickly. To help you through this process, we have compiled a few tips and things you should know before filing that claim.
It is not only car accidents that qualify for personal injury claims. Many people have a misperception about personal injury claims. A large number of personal injury cases involve car accidents, but any situation where someone is injured because of negligence are also valid. Wrongful death, unsafe consumer products, and dog bites can also validate a claim.
Choose an experienced lawyer to take your case. When someone is injured due to negligence it often means a lot of medical bills, possibly the inability to work, and months of rehabilitation. All of this has financial and other impacts on the claimant. A lawyer who understand the difficulty and the financial implications will be the best option. He or she will be better equipped to get you a fair settlement.
Compensation can be extensive. Personal injury cases can claim compensation for several things. These things can include medical costs for past and future care, property damage, pain and suffering, and the loss of earnings due to the inability to work. Your lawyer should be able to explain to you what your claim may be worth.
Your settlement may not be sufficient. Insurance companies may not pay out the settlement that you hoped for. In most cases, the settlement offers are not fair and may cause long-term financial implications. You need to keep this in mind when filing a claim and also before. Choose a good insurance company with a good reputation.
No case is the same. Personal injury cases have a certain procedure to follow but the claims and the circumstances are never the same. The claims are different in terms of the type of injury, the extent of injury, loss or damage of property, and other such factors.
Most cases are settled out of court. Few personal injury cases go to court. Most of them are settled through negotiations with insurance company representatives or through a mediation process. Your lawyer will be the expert at this and try to get a settlement that is fair. Some cases go to trial and if that happens, you should make sure your attorney has the necessary experience.
Records, evidence, and time are very important. There is a statute of limitations placed on filing a claim for personal injury. You need to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after the event that caused the injury. It is also important that you have all records and evidence to present to your lawyer.
Personal injury cases can take a lot of time and be disruptive to a person’s life. It is important to have as much information as possible and an experienced lawyer. We understand that lawyers are also an expense, but they are your best chance to getting a fair settlement.