The Anatomy of a Personal Injury Claim
While it may be the last thing on your mind after sustaining an injury due to someone else’s negligence, filing a personal injury claim can be very beneficial. If you’ve been harmed, you need to understand what the personal injury claims-filing process is like and how to navigate it. Our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C.™ want you to know what steps you need to take in order to file a personal injury claim.
Immediately After the Incident
Before you do anything else, you want to make sure you have evidence to file a claim. This means gathering information from the at-fault party—such as the driver’s license and insurance or names of negligent parties—and photos of any damage to you or your property. It may not be possible to take the photos yourself, so you may have to ask for help.
You will also want to speak with a medical professional and get a checkup. Any ailments or conditions the doctor diagnoses you with can be very beneficial because personal injury claims require plaintiffs to show that their pain resulted from the incident.
After You Gather Information
Once you have the information you need, contact a lawyer. Legal professionals have resources that you may not have access to otherwise such as accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and more. An attorney can also help you obtain beneficial information pertaining to your condition and its effects on your future income earning capabilities.
Protecting Yourself & Your Future
One thing that may occur after the incident is the liable party’s insurance company may contact you. They may request a recorded statement and offer you a settlement. Do not agree to either of these. A recorded statement may be used against you if you go to trial. Also, insurance companies are a business focused on their profits. Their settlement offer may not be adequate enough to cover the associated expenses. You don’t want to accept this offer if your lawyer believes he or she can secure you more.
When you discuss the compensation amount with the insurance company, you must stand your ground. With a lawyer on your side, you can present the evidence you have including photos, medical records, and expert testimony. If possible, a settlement agreement is favorable to keep you out of court, but only if the amount is the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Going Through the Trial
Going to a jury trial can be intimidating for some; however, with a skilled and experienced attorney on your side, you can have peace of mind. The trial is the time to bring forth all the evidence and witnesses in front of the jury. A verdict will be decided at the end of the trial and you will either receive full compensation, partial compensation, or nothing at all.
Hiring an attorney to help you with your personal injury claim can be the key factor that leads to a favorable outcome. If you or someone you love was injured in a negligence-related incident, contact our firm today and learn how we may be able to help you hold the liable party accountable for their actions.