If you have been injured as a result of another party acting negligently, then you might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. All too often, a person who has a valid claim fails to file because they do not know what to do or they assume that the process is complicated. The good news is that at Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre, we are here to help you through this process. Read on to learn the four steps involved and then contact us at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation.
- Collect as Much Information and Evidence as You Possibly Can
- Submit a Demand
- Prepare for Trial
Once you are safe and have been seen by a doctor, you must make sure to collect as much information and evidence as possible. When it comes to personal injury cases, the more evidence you can provide us, the better. This includes things like medical records, police reports, statements and contact information from witnesses, and anything else.
Write down everything you remember about the accident as soon after the accident as you can. Keep a journal that details your pain and other symptoms on a daily basis. This can be used to show the judge or jury the extent of your pain and suffering.
Many people assume that once they have been diagnosed by a doctor and have gathered all the necessary evidence, it is time to submit a demand letter. This is not necessarily true. You would be wise to wait until you are sure you have a complete understanding of your total losses, including potential future medical costs. Remember that even if you incur additional costs related to your accident in the future, you cannot request additional damages after you have signed off on a settlement or your case has been decided in court.
Once you are sure that you have a good idea of your total losses, it is time to submit a demand letter. This should be submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance company and should include details about the accident, the amount of compensation you are seeking, and evidence to back up that amount. It is best if this demand letter is written up and submitted by your personal injury attorney.
It is unlikely that the insurance company is going to accept your offer initially. They are instead likely to come back with a counteroffer. If so, then it is time to negotiate. Once again, let your attorney, who is experienced not just in negotiating but in legal negotiating, take the lead. If the insurance company is willing to accept a reasonable settlement, then this will be the final step.
If they are not willing to offer an amount that you can live with, then your attorney will get ready for trial. If you are ready to talk to an attorney about your best legal options, contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre now at 800-572-1252 and request a free legal consultation.