Written on Apr 19, 2013 1:49:00 PM
What To Do To Prepare For A Personal Injury Suit
So, you've just been injured due to someone else's negligence and you're ready to file suit. It's understandable that you may be in pain, angry, and ready for some justice. It's important to note, though, that it's not always smart to file a personal injury suit. On the other hand, it might be an extremely good move. Whether it is or not, really depends on a number of factors. And, if it is, we're here to tell you exactly how to prepare for it.
Do You Or Don't You Have A Real Case?
We realize that you're emotions might be running high during this time, but the first thing you must do is begin to think logically, instead of emotionally. Ask yourself if you even have grounds for filing the personal injury lawsuit. You can always consult an experienced personal injury lawyer about this, but the answer might already be obvious to you, upon closer inspection.
When something bad happens to a person, their first instinct is often to blame another party, instead of owning up to the consequences, on their own. Nevertheless, if you've rationally thought things through, and truly believe that someone else is at fault for your injury, you might just have a case.
Gather The Evidence
Next, it's vital that you gather any evidence of your injury. Compile a police report (if filed), photos, medical documents, etc. Just for example, if you've been insured in a slip and fall accident, it might be appropriate to take a comprehensive set of photos of the wet floor, the establishment's lack of a sign indicating this, as well as your subsequent injuries, if they're visual apparent.
In the end, adequate evidence is key to winning your case - otherwise, it's simply your word against that of the alleged negligent party.
Decide Whether Or Not To Settle
After you and your personal injury attorney have gone over your case and all of the relevant evidence, you may want to consider settling, before you actually file the personal injury suit. In a settlement, both parties agree to manage the issue outside of the courtroom. Here, the prime scenario for you would be that the negligent party's insurance company gives you a cash settlement, in addition to paying for your medical bills. For some people, this is the best options, but others may be able to get more from the at-fault party by proceeding with the suit.
It's important to note that you don't have all the time in the world to think about whether or not you'd like to press charges. If you're filing suit against a government establishment for instance, you only have two months from the time you received the injury. And, there are other statutes of limitation regarding the time span in which you may file suit, following your personal injury.
All in all, in addition to the pain of your initial injury, filing a suit regarding it can be a complex and laborious process—it's not an undertaking to be dealt with lightly.
Overwhelmed? Reach Out To Us For Help
On one hand, you must think very carefully about whether or not you have proper grounds to file suit, and whether or not it'll be worth it in the end. On the other, you have a finite number of days in which to do this, so you also must act fairly quickly with your decision.
Gathering evidence and deciding how to proceed throughout the case can be daunting, but that's exactly why you ought to seek the assistance of a qualified personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else's negligence, don't hesitate to contact us!