Did you get hurt because of another person’s actions? Did they hit you with their vehicle because they were speeding or distracted? Maybe you were involved in another kind of accident as a result of someone not following the law. Whatever the cause was, if you got hurt because of someone else, then you may have a case.
After you’re hurt, you can file a personal injury claim. A personal injury case is one way that you can seek compensation after you are hurt in a crash or other kind of accident. This case allows you to make a claim against the other party and to ask them to compensate you for what you’ve been through and the costs that have accrued.
What should you expect when you file a personal injury claim?
If you start a personal injury lawsuit, the first thing you should expect is that you will need to provide a lot of evidence. You will need to provide documentation such as:
- How much time you missed from work
- Your lost wages
- Medical bills
- Travel costs
- Evidence that the other person was at fault for your injuries
- Police reports
Anything related to the crash or accident has to be collected and presented to the other party’s insurance company. If they don’t have insurance or their insurance doesn’t cover enough, then you will need this information to go to trial.
Understand that not all personal injury lawsuits go to court. In fact, many of them end peacefully outside court with a settlement offer. Your attorney can let you know more about the settlement process and if you have received any offers. If you do receive an offer, it’s up to you to decide if you want to take it. Once you do, the case ends.
Every case is different, so it’s important to come to your attorney with the facts and to be a blank slate in terms of what to expect. Your attorney will spend time looking over the facts and talk to you about how they think you can proceed and what kinds of expectations you should have.