Personal injury claims can vary depending on the unique factors of each case. There are still
some common steps that you can expect to take during your claim process,
no matter what your case involves. Here are some things to expect during
the course of your claim.
Step 1: Consult a Lawyer
The first step you should take in your claim is to meet with an experienced
personal injury attorney. They can provide valuable knowledge and experience
to help your claim move forward smoothly and quickly. The can also help
you understand your legal options, and choose the best path for your case.
Step 2: Investigation
Your lawyer will conduct an in-depth investigation into your accident.
During this time, they will gather evidence, locate witnesses, and review
information about your medical bills, income, and earning power. They
may also collaborate with medical experts, accident reconstruction experts,
and others to build your case.
Step 3: Send Your Demand Package
After the investigation is concluded, your lawyer will prepare a demand
package. This package will include a carefully drafted demand letter,
which will outline the accident, your injuries, and your damages. This
letter will be accompanied by any supporting documents, photographs, witness
statements, and video recordings to support your claims. It is critical
that your demand package is strong, since it sets the tone for your case.
A well put-together package can cause an insurance company to take your
claim more seriously.
Step 4: Negotiation
After the insurance company has reviewed your demand package, they will
make a counteroffer. It is highly likely that this offer will be far lower
than the value of your claim. You and your attorney will have the choice
to accept the counteroffer, or respond with another offer. Negotiation
can help you avoid the costs of litigation, and you may still end your
case with a satisfactory settlement.
Step 5: Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If negotiations are moving too slowly, or you cannot get the insurance
company to settle on a suitable amount, you may need to file a lawsuit.
Filing a lawsuit does not commit you to litigation, and it is possible
to reach a settlement before you ever reach the hearing date. A lawsuit
may be used to spur an insurance company into action. If you need to file
a lawsuit, your attorney can help you and represent you throughout the case.
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt, and Smith, we are dedicated to guiding our clients through every step of their case,
no matter how complex or lengthy it may be. We believe in offering our
clients the high-quality, experienced legal counsel they deserve. For
more than a century, our Altoona
personal injury lawyers have supported injured individuals and have fought for their rights.
Let us assist you with your case.
Contact our firm today to start your case with a
consultation. Call (814) 705-4741.