Getting Compensation: What to Expect in a Personal Injury Suit

Whether you've been the victim of a negligent accident or an intentional attack, finding sufficient compensation, as well as a sense of justice, can feel like an overwhelming task. It's bad enough that you've been injured, especially if the injury was severe and you're dealing with a slew of medical complexities, but now you've got to figure out the sort of legal route you need to take. To help you prepare for the road ahead, let's go over what you can expect in a personal injury case and the things you can do help keep the ball rolling in the right direction.

Your Personal Welfare:

Before you even start the process of a personal injury suit, you need to focus on the medical attention you need. Not only is it crucial for you to heal and recover, you obviously want to present a case once you know and understand all of the medical issues you're going to be facing. 

Once you've reached a stable point with your health, and you've discussed with medical professionals the necessary steps you're going to have to take in order ensure a full recovery, then you need to seek legal advice. Be sure to keep a record of all of your medical procedures and prescribed medicine, along with copies of various medical and insurance reports. These are going to be important documents that you'll provide your lawyer so that they can better construct a case that will address all of your needs.

Finding the Right Attorney:

Look for a law firm that has extensive experience in personal injury cases, as this is going to ensure that you'll be dealing with legal professionals that have a great deal of experience handling cases just like yours. When you meet with an attorney, bring all of the documentation you possibly can so that they can get a full picture of the situation. 

Include your medical information, along with any official police reports. If you were injured at work, then be sure to provide any and all copies provided to you by your employer regarding the situation that led to your injury. 

Be prepared to go over all of the conversations you've had regarding your injury and with whom you've had these conversations. Your attorney is going to want a clear idea regarding the sort of people they may have to interview or that they may have to question later on in court. If you've dealt with any insurance agents, then you need to disclose who these agents represented and precisely what was discussed.

Basically, you want to provide as much information as possible to your attorney so that he or she can not only start constructing your case in a way that covers all the bases, but also so any surprises later on that could complicate your case can be avoided.

Stages of Your Case:

Once you've discussed your situation with your attorney, then you'll file an official complaint.  This complaint will include all of the information regarding what the defendant is being accused of and the compensation you're seeking. In turn, the defendant will file an answer to the complaint, which may come with a counterclaim and a series of disputes. You're likely to experience several motions before the trial begins, in which the defendant's lawyer will attempt to have the case dismissed.

If these fail, then you'll either head to trial, or you'll meet to discuss a possible settlement. Many personal injury cases end at a settlement stage rather than going to trial, so be prepared to discuss your particular terms directly with the defendant and their lawyer.

After the Case:

Once you've settled your case, there are still a few things that you're going to have to take care of. It's important that you understand that just because you've been awarded a settlement, this doesn't mean that getting paid is particularly easy. Many people and businesses will go ahead and pay up, but sometimes people find themselves chasing down the other party in an attempt to get their money. 

If you find yourself in a situation where the defendant is outright refusing to pay you, or is stalling in some way, don't panic - there are still some options available to you. You can always initiate a proceeding that goes through all of their official records, even if they've tried to hide things. This may help you uncover hidden assets that can be seized by a court and awarded to you. 

If a person or business doesn't have cash to seize, then what often happens is that other property - possessions, equipment, etc. - are seized and awarded to the injured party. In any event, know that there is a wide range of options available to you, and that your lawyer can help you navigate them.


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