How Does My Personal Injury Case Work?
When you were hurt in a car wreck, a truck wreck, a slip and fall on someone’s property, a dog bite, or another personal injury situation, your case could go through these steps:
Step 1: Investigation
An HNB attorney will gather police reports, statements from witnesses to your injury, and other evidence. Your attorney will make sure you’re getting the medical treatment you should.
Step 2: Starting a Personal Injury Claim
Your attorney negotiates with the negligent party or their insurance company. They consider whether it looks like you’ll need ongoing care or whether your injury will leave a permanent disability. You could seek compensation for your direct medical and property costs, lost wages when you can’t work, pain and suffering you’ve endured and more. You could reach a settlement agreement for fair payment.
Step 3: Filing a Lawsuit
If you can’t agree on a settlement with the responsible party, your next step is to file a lawsuit. You’ll need an experienced personal injury lawyer to take care of all the legal technicalities involved with filing suit.
Step 4: Gathering Information for Your Lawsuit
Lawsuits start with a process called “discovery,” which involves trading questions and answers with the opposing group and giving statements under oath called depositions. This is a crucial step in establishing your case. Sometimes this is when people agree on a settlement.
Step 5: Going to Trial
Most cases don’t get this far. But if it’s the only way to get full compensation for your pain and losses, you need a lawyer willing to go to trial. And you need a lawyer to present your arguments to the judge or jury.
To learn more about what your personal injury claim could involve, you can get an evaluation from HNB Law for free.
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