When a person is involved in an accident, they may be left confused about what happens next. In tort principles a person injured due to the negligence of another person is entitled to compensation for damages. It is important to understand the personal injury case process to decide whether to settle or pursue trial. This article will discuss the personal injury process in order to determine whether to settle or sue the responsible party.
What is Personal Injury?
Firstly, it is advisable to retain the services of a personal injury attorney as early in the process as possible. This can help the victim get to know fully what their legal rights are. It also helps to know whether there is a case or not. As such, most attorneys offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. It also helps prevent the victim from making any mistakes that may negatively affect their claim. Such as making statements to the defendant that may later be used against them. Personal injury lawyers are skilled at handling personal injury claims including:
- motor vehicle accidents,
- slip and fall accidents,
- airplane accidents,
- nursing home abuse,
- mesothelioma injuries related to toxic exposure
- defective product cases, etc.
In many instances the victim must file a claim against the defendant’s insurance company. This may be the defendant’s car insurance policy if the defendant caused a car accident that injured the victim. Or it could be homeowner’s insurance if an accident happened with regards to premises liability.
An attorney helps with this process and may help the victim prepare a statement with regards to the accident. Additionally, the attorney will advise the victim not to make a recorded statement or make one with the attorney present.
For legal advice and representation contact the Vinson Law Office today, for a free initial consultation.