If you are part of an accident that is not your doing, you can ask for compensation from either your insurance company, or form the insurance company that covers the person who caused it. It is also possible to give a third party claim if more than one party was responsible for it. In case the insurance company refuses to settle with you, you can take the case to trial.
This is usually how accident claims begin. There are many differences to these cases, where many eventualities are possible, and a lot of things come up in the 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 be there to guide and help you in every step of the way, which shall be helpful for you in your particular case.
The first thing a personal injury lawyer is good for is legal representation they give a person who has suffered physical and psychological injuries and is seeking compensation for the damages and loss they got from the injuries. They usually, manage to negotiate an settle out of court. You can expect an experienced lawyer to have no problem taking the case to trial if no significant settlement is being reached. The cases can take different directions, but the duty of this lawyer remains the same. They will just adopt different strategies.
When preparing to present your side, they shall gather evidence. They shall ensure they have thoroughly exhausted all avenues while doing this. They shall take their time and go through witness reports, police statements, pictures, videos, and any other source. As soon as the client is medically stable, they shall collect medical records, health reports, employment records, and such. The gathered evidence is for building a case that shall use the details and progression of the event to establish fault.
The lawyer’s other duty is to get the insurance company to make an offer, and work on negotiating an offer until they get a reasonable offer. In case the insurance company fails to produce a reasonable offer, then they shall prepare for the next step
The lawyer will at this point go ahead and file a lawsuit against the insurance company. This happens when there was no way there was going to be a reasonable offer. The lawyer asks for a hearing, or arbitration, or both. When a lawsuit is filed, the other party has 30 days to state their response. After responses come discovery proceedings, in which witness testimonies, expert testimonies and depositions are heard. After this, a trial date shall be set. They could go for hearings immediately, or after a long period, depending on how busy the court is.