When contemplating filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is always best to consider that your efforts would be better thought of as a process rather than an event. Most people probably never expect that they will be involved in a personal injury lawsuit, but the sad reality is that accidents happen. When accidents do happen, however, you will have a myriad of questions regarding the process and what to expect when you have been injured in an automobile, workplace, or slip-and-fall accident. Let’s look at the process, so you will know what to expect should you, or a loved one find themselves in this unfortunate situation.
What To Expect in a Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
Accidents are sudden and sometimes violent, which can have adverse effects on your health, mental wellbeing, and finances. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, your first concern should be to get the medical attention that you may need.
Whether entering a hospital emergency room, or scheduling an appointment with your personal physician, it is important, not only for your health but also for any potential claim you may later pursue that you document the extent of your medical condition. Failure to immediately document your medical condition risks the defense argument in court that your injury can’t be that problematic since you did not receive any medical attention at the time of the injury.
Following your medical examination, your next call should be to schedule an appointment with an attorney that specializes in personal injury cases. Generally speaking, most personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and they frequently operate on a No Win/No Fee policy. As such, your questions can be answered by a trained professional, so you can make an informed decision as to whether your case has merit.
Perhaps the most important question to ask is what the statute of limitations on personal injury claims in your state is. Most jurisdictions limit the time you must file a claim, so securing those rights is important.
Finally, understand that your case might be settled at any point in the process. Securing the services of a qualified personal injury lawyer is the first step in ensuring that you are properly compensated for any injuries that you may sustain.