Until you have been in an accident it is hard to know what to expect. Most people know that if they are hurt by the actions of another they can seek reimbursement. But the details of how to go about making a demand, presenting evidence, or filing a lawsuit are complicated. These are not things most people do on a daily basis, but having a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to talk to is helpful. Your attorney will explain the process to you so you feel comfortable, and will work with you to make sure you understand what it means to settle your case or to file a lawsuit if a reasonable settlement offer is not made.
The first thing any accident victim should do is to seek medical attention. Thereafter it is crucial to call an attorney to find out what steps need to be taken to recover what has been lost. Some things to expect during your accident case include:
- Gathering evidence: this includes taking photos at the accident scene if possible, making notes about your injuries, keeping track of your medical records, talking to witnesses, and going over the official accident report.
- Negotiation: when the evidence is gathered it is time to make a demand for repayment. This is done by filing a claim with the insurance company for the negligent driver or party and then providing proof of your injuries. The adjuster will likely make an offer that is less that what is required to make you whole, which means your attorney will begin negotiations on your behalf
- Litigation: if the adjuster stands firm with an offer that is less than you deserve, you have the option to file a lawsuit against the liable party. After the lawsuit is filed it gets served on the negligent party and they are allowed to file an answer. If the case cannot be resolved at this point, your attorney will engage in discovery and ask the Court to set a hearing or trial.
It is important to understand legal action with the Court can take some time to finalize. Your case will be set on the Court’s docket, which may already be quite full. As you are waiting for your case to come up on the schedule it is helpful to keep notes about your healing process and how your life has changed since the accident. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be when it goes before the Judge or jury. We focus on personal injury matters and know what to do to help you, we know how to gather the right evidence, and we know how to build your case. We keep you updated every step of the way so you do not feel left out of the loop, and we listen to what you need to have a successful case.
Contact the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for help. You can reach us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information.