After you've chosen a personal injury lawyer to help you, the progress of your case follows a general course.
Accident & TreatmentPersonal injury cases begin from the time of injury. Whether you were hurt in a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident, it is essential for you to document the scene and keep in mind the small details that make a big difference. Photographs, statements, and witnesses' contact information are essential elements that help speed up a case.
Get treatment for any injuries that need medical attention as soon as you can. Immediate treatment can prevent your injuries from becoming worse and will save you time and money in the long run.
Legal professionals prepare your claim based on your completed treatment. A serious injury needs serious treatment, which can take a long time. If your injuries are serious, your treatment will be extensive, and it may take a long time to prepare and resolve your claim. We want to help you recover from your injuries, but an attorney is not a doctor, and they can't advise you as to when your treatment is complete. A personal injury attorney can help you when it comes to getting your medical bills and lost wages paid.
Consultation with an AttorneyResolving a personal injury case depends on swift action. Although your treatment needs to be complete in order to request adequate benefits, a lawyer can request documents during your treatment and coordinate communication that will help resolve your case more quickly. They can ensure that you follow the proper procedure for getting medical treatment. These are important elements to building a strong personal injury claim.
Depending on the details of the case, your case can go one of two ways. It could be put into suit right away if there is strong evidence of injustice, or it could go through a pre-suit negotiation process that attempts to avoid the cost of a trial. Your personal injury attorney begins the resolution process once he or she consults with you and considers your preferences.
Pre-suit ProcedureThere are some standard steps in the process of preparing a personal injury claim. As soon as you reach maximum medical improvement, your lawyer and their staff will begin to gather documents needed to create a complete picture of your injury: statements from doctors and witnesses, analysis of medical treatment, hospital bills, and standards set by state and federal statutes. Attorneys communicate with hospitals, insurance companies, and medical providers in order to get the most documentation regarding a serious personal injury. After your health improves as much as it can, our staff works to get you payment for your injuries as soon as possible.
All of this relevant material is used to write a demand on your behalf to the insurance company or person that is liable for your injuries. This is a detailed document that shows the severity of a personal injury, how it has affected your life, and the amount of money that is needed to recover. Depending on the response, claimants might need to participate in a mediation or deposition. Both of these meetings are opportunities for you to express your concerns about your injury and recovery costs.
Insurance companies, hospitals, and medical providers are businesses, so they might resist allowing benefits in a personal injury claim. Our legal staff discusses their offers with you, which you can accept or decline. If you decline an offer, we continue our negotiations. This can add to the time it takes to settle your personal injury claim. You may not get the benefits you were looking for, but with our help, you can get more than you would have if you settled your claim without an experienced injury lawyer.
Bringing a Case to SuitIf your personal injury claim is settled during the pre-suit phase of the case, then the liable party will send payment to your attorney, who will then give you a check for the amount you are entitled to in the settlement. If you do not want to accept the defendant's highest offer, then negotiation is at a standstill. In this situation, or when liability is severe enough to warrant punishment, your personal injury lawyer will have to bring the case into suit. There, a judge and jury decide the liability and value of your case and the defendant compensates you for it.
A lawsuit takes time and money. The current bankruptcy and foreclosure crisis has clogged the court systems and slows down all other cases waiting to be heard. If you are going to file a lawsuit for injury benefits, expect to wait 6 to 9 months, maybe sometimes over a year, to step foot into a courtroom. During this time, your personal injury lawyer and their assistants will schedule meetings, such as depositions and mediations, to get your voice heard by the opposing counsel. The trial's jury will ultimately decide who is at fault in the claim and how much the plaintiff may be entitled to for compensation.
If you are receiving benefits based on low income, you need to plan how to spend your settlement. Learn more about special needs trusts and spend-down plans in maintaining income-based disability or medical benefits.
Personal Injury Claim Conclusions
Settling a personal injury claim can get your medical bills paid and lost wages paid. With proper documentation, you can also be reimbursed for the cost of travel to and from treatment. Each case is different, so settlement may include different terms and conditions. If you are ready to settle your claim, discuss your options with an attorney. The Coye Law Firm wants to help you get benefits quickly, and settlement is a crucial part of the personal injury process.
If you've been hurt in an accident that could have been avoided, call the Coye Law Firm. Our experienced and investigative personal injury law firm knows how to resolve a claim efficiently and successfully. Don't settle for low offers on your claim if you were hurt by another person's negligent actions. contact our offices for guidance and advice during your personal injury case.