Pursuing a settlement or fair compensation in a personal injury case is a big undertaking. You need to go into things as informed as possible to maximize your chances of success.
Do your research and look into a few important personal injury case factors before your case begins. The following are six things to know before you case begins. These can maximize your chances of acquiring compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
1. Success Records of Good Personal Injury Attorneys
Perhaps the single most important decision a personal injury plaintiff makes in his or her case is which attorney to hire.
Personal injury plaintiffs need to find an attorney or law firm with a good track record for acquiring just compensation or fair settlements from insurance companies and other personal injury case defendants.
One important factor to look into is the financial resources available to the law firm you work with. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff’s attorney generally will need to invest in expert testimony from medical authorities and other expenses as part of compiling evidence for the case. Working with a law firm with the necessary resources will increase your chances of winning.
2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Settling
One thing you’ll want to discuss with your attorney and understand from the get-go is the possibility of settling. The defendant in your case may prefer to offer you a settlement upfront rather than seeing the case go to trial.
You and your attorney need to come up with an acceptable settlement amount. If the defense doesn’t offer you at least this much, you and your lawyer can proceed to a trial if possible or necessary.
3. Personal Injury Case Timeframe
You need to be aware of the fact that personal injury cases take time. Your personal injury case will probably take a year or two.
You need to be patient as your case unfolds. If you are impatient, you may be tempted to settle for less than your case is worth.
4. Any Documentation Related to Your Case
Certain documents are going to be very important in your personal injury case. Having these documents on hand when necessary and keeping them organized is important in minimizing the stress and obstacles that come up throughout your case.
Some important documents you need to include are medical bills, earnings statements, police reports related to the accident, and copies of any correspondence you have received from the defendant in your case.
5. Motives of Insurance Companies
If you go up against an insurance company in your case, you need to understand what the motives of the insurance company are. Insurance companies are businesses that exist to maximize profits.
This means that they try to minimize their expenses while maximizing revenue. Paying for a claim is an expense for an insurance company. Insurance companies will try to avoid paying out for a claim if they think they stand a good chance of avoiding the claim payment with minimal legal costs.
At the same time, you and your lawyer will be responsible for showing that the insurance company in question offered coverage for the damages you’ve suffered as the plaintiff. You’ll need to prove this by going over the fine print of your policy if the defendant in your case is an insurance company.
6. Range of Damages You Can Receive Compensation For
With a personal injury case, you don’t just seek compensation for your medical bills. You should also look to acquire compensation for lost wages and any pain and suffering you’ve had to go through because of your injury. Discuss all the relevant damages you can receive compensation for as part of your case with your attorney.
If you want personal injury representation in the Peoria area, contact us at Garrison Law Firm for consultation regarding your case.