Step 1: Prioritize Your Health–Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Your health is paramount. After an accident, it’s crucial to seek immediate medical help, even if you don’t show signs of injury right away. Unexpected pain can emerge later, and having a medical record strengthens your personal injury claims when seeking compensation.
Step 2: Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
Legal advice is invaluable in personal injury claims. Hiring a professional attorney can greatly enhance your chances of recovering the full cost of your medical treatment. Even if you opt against hiring a lawyer, it’s still beneficial to consult one to discuss the potential merits of your claim.
Step 3: Launch Your Claim
The next move is to notify the party at fault and their insurance company about your intent to file a claim. Taking this proactive step can speed up the settlement process, whether you’re working alone or with an attorney.
Step 4: Document Your Injuries and Continue Treatment
Maintain your medical treatment and diligently document all information related to your injuries and damages. This includes gathering medical records, invoices, and discussing with your healthcare provider about the severity of your injuries and required ongoing treatment. Don’t overlook other aspects like property damage, lost wages, or related expenses–record them all.
Step 5: Engage in Settlement Negotiations
Your attorney can help you demand fair compensation from the liable party or their insurance provider before going to court. This phase involves both parties presenting their case through offers and counteroffers in a negotiation process.
Step 6: Accept a Settlement or Initiate a Lawsuit
If negotiations result in a mutually acceptable settlement, you and your attorney can agree to the terms. However, if the party at fault fails to propose a satisfactory offer, it may be necessary to escalate the matter by filing a lawsuit to pursue the compensation you’re entitled to.
Step 7: Pursue a Lawsuit if Necessary
While many personal injury cases are resolved before reaching trial, sometimes a lawsuit is unavoidable. Gaining a clear understanding of the litigation process will empower you to make informed decisions, ultimately improving your chances of winning your personal injury lawsuit.
If you’ve been injured and need legal assistance, contact Kaiman & Crahan today and let us fight for the justice you deserve.