If you have ever been injured and had to file a lawsuit against the negligent party, then you know that every personal injury case is unique. However, if this is the first time that you are dealing with this problem, there are a few things that you should know.
For starters, you have to be aware that as long as you got injured due to someone else’s negligence or breach of duty of care, you have the right to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your damages.
The compensation (if awarded) usually covers:
- Medical costs
- Lost income and earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
According to Seattle Personal Injury Attorneys, every personal injury lawsuit has a few steps which can impact the overall success of the lawsuit. They are listed below, along with all the additional information.
After the accident, the victim will usually get approached by the people called “insurance adjusters”. These people are known to be trained individuals, who will use their skills and “tricks” to try and make you accept their deal. For those of you wondering what they are offering, you have to know the following: they have the insurance company’s best interests in mind and will do everything in their power to try and settle with you outside of court while offering you a lesser deal (than you actually deserve).
They may ask you to sign a certain form, give a recorded statement, accept fault, or say anything that can be used against you.
Your only protection against these people is not talking to them. Simply tell them that you are not willing to talk to anyone without an attorney. If they insist, you insist on calling your attorney as quickly as possible.
If you do not have one, Russell & Hill, PLLC Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys in Seattle will gladly help you deal with them, and help guide you step by step through the process until you finally settle. Be sure to give them a call right away.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If your attorney establishes that there is a legitimate case, he will help you file a personal injury complaint. It is the official document, laying out all the details of your claim and what the other party did which lead to the accident.
After this, you may get contacted by the other party’s attorney. At this point, your and the other party’s attorneys will start negotiating, until either:
- A settlement is made
- The case proceeds to trial
Most people want to settle outside of court, as it is both less time consuming and cheaper for all parties involved. However, sometimes the other party refuses to settle, and in that case, do not be afraid to go to court. If you and your attorney strongly believe that you have a firm case I hand, do not hesitate to go in front of the judge.
Remember that you are the victim and that you are only seeking compensation for all that happened to you.