Being injured in an accident may require you to file a personal injury claim against the person or entity that caused the accident. If you have never filed a personal injury claim before, the process might seem a bit complicated. Filing a personal injury claim is delicate and not something you do by testing.
There are different types of personal injury claims, and each case is peculiar. This means that filing for compensation varies from case to case. There is no clear-cut, one-way street to filing a claim. However, below are some important points to note.
- Get Medical Treatment
It doesn’t matter if you feel any pain or other symptoms. You must seek medical attention immediately after an accident. Hidden injuries tend to rear their heads at unsuspecting times. Also, seeking medical treatment will help your case if you choose to file for a personal injury claim. There will be no way to question the extent of your injuries and your claim for compensation.
- Hire An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
You may not need a lawyer for small injuries or in cases where you are not hurt. But if you have been involved in a serious accident and you are undergoing medical treatment requiring multiple trips to the hospital, you should hire a personal injury lawyer. There are parts of a personal injury claim you may not be aware of that will be vital in your claim for compensation. Depending on your level of injury, you may find out your claim is more serious than you thought.
- Set Up Your Claim
When you are ready, the next step is to start filing for a personal injury claim. This can be done by you or your attorney. The person or entity that is directly responsible for your injury and their insurance company are also informed. It is possible to settle a claim faster when all parties have been informed.
- Get Your Information Ready
While getting treated for your injuries, get as much information as you can about the accident, the nature of your injuries (your medical report), and invoices. Ask your doctor what further medical treatments will be required and get quotes if possible. Also, get estimates for the damage to your personal property, lost wages, etc. You may also want to have evidence of said damage such as pictures of your damaged vehicle.
- Negotiate A Settlement
Based on all the information gathered, you have an idea of what you should be compensated with. Your attorney can demand that amount on your behalf before or after filing the injury claim. Both parties (you, the claimant, and the insurance company representing the person or entity responsible for your personal injury) will need to negotiate until a compromise is reached. If nothing is agreed, the case can then go to trial.
If your claim goes to trial, the judge or jury will decide if you will be compensated and how much compensation you get. Make sure you get a personal injury lawyer who has your best interest at heart to file your claim.
Contact Campion, Curran, Lamb and Cunabaugh today for legal help.