Hiring a personal injury lawyer generally means you have suffered from wrongdoing, or from negligence, due to another party. In order to get compensated for the injuries you suffered, you’ll need the services of a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury falls under the concept of “tort law,” which deals with negligence. In these types of cases, a party is bringing charges against another party, due to perceived wrongdoings or hurt, through no fault of their own.
The first thing a personal injury lawyer does is research your claim, and understand if you have been wronged, or hurt, due to the fault of someone else. The first thing a lawyer will do is assess your case, the merits of the case, and what possible recourse you may have. In order to give this assessment, a lawyer must have years of experience, education, training, and experience litigating similar cases.
Most personal injury lawyers will ask you about the details of your case, and help you determine the best course of action. They will collect evidence about your case, and review things like police reports, in order to understand who was at fault. This police report can help a personal injury lawyer who are the witnesses, and other relevant facts, surrounding your case. It can give a clearer picture of what happened, what lead to the accident, and within whom the fault lies.
After reviewing your details, a personal injury lawyer will file paperwork in order to pursue the case. During this phase, he/she will encourage you to continue getting medical treatment. The lawyer will draft, and file, a claim, based on what has happened to you, and bring it to a judge who will hear the merits of the case. It’s important you work with a lawyer who has experience working with your types of claims, because it’ll ensure that a judge will hear your claim.
Many cases end up with a settlement offer, from the opposing party. If the case has merits, many times an opposing insurance company will give you a settlement, in order to avoid the fees associated with litigation. Settlement means both parties have agreed to settle the case without actually going to court. Many times, a personal injury lawyer will help the with negotiation of the settlement on behalf of you. Personal injury lawyers are required to bring each and every offer to you(the client). When they do this, they’ll advise you about benefits and disadvantages to the offer. Having a personal injury lawyers’ advice is important because some clients may not have the foresight that the attorney will.
Bottom line – there are many benefits to hiring a personal injury lawyer. If you’re on the fence, and considering hiring a personal injury law firm – then you should contact a lawyer ASAP.
About The Author
This blog post was written by Joel Farar, a founding partner at Farar & Lewis LLP, and is a San Diego personal injury lawyer, with many years of experience.