If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, then you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Personal injury attorneys can help you make a claim and seek damages for your injuries. These damages can include financial losses and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
A personal injury attorney can represent you in all aspects of a claim, including settlement negotiations with the insurance company. A lawyer can also take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay you what you deserve.
Your attorney will work with you to develop a strong case for your claim, which is essential in making the best possible case for your damages. This requires detailed investigation, as well as a thorough understanding of the legal process.
The attorney will review all of the facts of your case to determine liability and establish a strong foundation for your claim. This means getting statements from all parties involved in the accident, conducting an investigation and gathering all relevant evidence.
Once your attorney has a solid understanding of the facts of your case, they will begin preparations for settlement or trial. This includes gathering medical records, bills and reports, filing interrogatories and depositions and preparing documents that will support your claim.
Your personal injury attorney will review your medical bills and report to you about what you will need for future treatment and expenses. They will also contact your treating physicians to obtain narrative reports describing your injuries, treatment, prognosis and disability.
They will discuss your claim with any expert witnesses they feel are necessary for the case and prepare any documents or testimony they may need at trial. They will also prepare interrogatories and depositions to ask questions of the defendant under oath.
The trial can take as little as a few hours or it can last several days. The personal injury attorney will then present your evidence to a judge and jury. If the jury agrees with your attorney’s findings, you will receive a judgment.
In many cases, insurance companies will attempt to delay payment of a personal injury claim. This is because they know that the vast majority of people are unrepresented by an attorney. These unrepresented claimants are easy targets for the insurers. They do not want to risk paying a large claim to someone they know can stand up to them in court.
If your attorney believes that the insurance company is attempting to avoid paying a fair settlement, they will begin to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. They can also provide information about the penalties they could face if they choose not to pay the claim.
Once a settlement is agreed to, your attorney will collect the money that you are entitled to. They will arrange for a check to be sent to you or they can file a post-trial motion with the court to collect on the judgment.