The thought of going to Court is frightening. Most people do not spend their days in the courtroom and do not know what to expect if they have to go to the Courthouse. However, if you have a claim against someone that cannot be worked out, the judicial system is the best place to go to get a decision. And, while the law does allow for a party to represent themselves, a self-represented party is expected to know the rules and follow them and to have the same breadth of knowledge that a trained attorney has when entering the courtroom. Trying to tackle the legal world on your own will cause more anxiety than is necessary and you may be taken advantage of by the other side. Insurance companies have extensive resources at their disposal and always try to limit the amounts they pay. Let us take on your case to level the playing field. You will rest easy knowing your matter will be handled by professionals.
In a personal injury matter you may or may not be required to go to Court to get a final resolution. Most cases begin with negotiating with the insurance company for the liable party, and in some instances an agreeable settlement can be reached through artful negotiation. For cases that cannot be resolved outside the courtroom, a lawsuit must be filed, and it must be filed within two years of the accident. Here is what you can expect when you file a personal injury lawsuit:
- The negligent party will likely deny they were at fault, which will mean you have to present evidence to the contrary. This is done by introducing photos of the accident scene, and taking depositions or other sworn testimony from witnesses.
- Your damages will have to be proven, which can be done by providing billing from the treating physician as well as a prognosis on recovery.
- If you had to miss work due to your injuries you are entitled to seek repayment for lost wages and this is proven by presenting evidence of your pay and how much you missed out on due to being in the hospital or rehab, or from spending time recuperating away from the office.
- The first offer may cover all your needs, but more than likely your attorney will need to engage in further negotiations or file a lawsuit to put the issues before the Court.
We always try to settle claims out of Court –and do so when fair settlement offers are presented. If your case does require a lawsuit, you will need to participate in the case. If the matter is resolved after a lawsuit is filed but before a trial is set, you will likely not have to go to Court. Fortunately your attorney will do all of the talking and when it comes time for you to answer questions, your attorney will have prepared you beforehand. Being prepared puts you at ease and allows you to answer with confidence so the Court can make the right decision. We understand the idea of going to Court is intimidating, but we make sure you are comfortable and prepared when the time comes.
If you have been in an accident, let us prepare you for what lies ahead. Contact the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for answers to your questions and find out if you have a viable personal injury case. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online.