If you got hurt in some accident that was not your fault, you have the right to file a claim for compensation, with either your insurance company or with the insurance company or the person who cause the accident. You can also ask for compensation for a third party if they were involved. In case the insurance company refuses to settle with you, you can take the case to trial.
That is the nature of the onset of accident claims. Each case is different, with many possibilities and matters arising in the claims process. You may be facing rehabilitation, deadlines, creditor issues, bill payment, loss wages and many more. For you to manage all these and still win in your claim, you will need the services of an experienced lawyer on your side. They shall offer their expert skills and experience to take you through the process, which you will find extremely beneficial.
The first job of a personal injury lawyer is to offer legal representation to those who have undergone physical and psychological injuries, and wish to be compensated for the damages and loses endured through the injuries. You shall find that in most cases, they can negotiate and reach a good settlement out of court. An experienced lawyer has no problem proceeding to the courts if that is where it leads to. The case might take a different turn, but the lawyer shall still manage to handle it. They will just adopt different strategies.
When preparing to present your side, they shall gather evidence. They shall do extensive investigation to achieve this, from the onset. They shall ensure they have gone through police reports, witness accounts, pictures and videos of the scene, and any other source of relevant information. As soon as the client is medically stable, they shall collect medical records, health reports, employment records, and such. This exercise is meant to build a case that shall lead to them proving who was at fault.
The lawyer also solicits an offer from the insurance company and carries out the negotiations until a comprehensive offer is made. Whenever the insurance company refuses to come to an agreement, the lawyer has no choice but to prepare for a court battle.
The lawyer will then proceed to file a lawsuit against the insurance company. This is usually the result of their refusal to comply with the negotiation. The lawyer asks for a hearing, or arbitration, or both. The minute a lawsuits filed, the sued normally has 30 days to comply. After responses come discovery proceedings, in which witness testimonies, expert testimonies and depositions are heard. Afterward a trial date is set. This can be immediately, or much later, depending on how a court’s schedule is.