Getting into an accident and needing the help of a personal injury lawyer isn’t anything that anyone wants happen to them. However, the universe has a funny way of working and now you find yourself in the market for a personal injury lawyer.
However, you’re probably wondering how exactly having a lawyer helps you in the reimbursement process. You know that this accident wasn’t your fault and you want proper compensation. But can’t you just do that all on your own?
That’s not the best way to go about it. Having a personal injury lawyer is going to help this process much more than if you go about it yourself. The following is what every lawyer will help you with after your accident.
Gathering the evidence
The first step in any investigation is gathering all the possible evidence needed to support your case and prove who was actually at fault during the accident. This may include photographs of the scene, other reports, and witness statements.
Assembling medical reports
Before a lawyer can begin processing your case, you must have been either released from the care of the hospital or be in proper physical condition at the hospital. It’s against the law to begin proceedings until you are officially on the road to healing.
Therefore, the next step for the lawyer after you are cleared from the hospital is to gather all of your medical reports, bills, and other documents from the healthcare provider. This could take a bit of time as there is a lot of red tape when it comes to your medical records.
Soliciting an offer from the insurance company involved
Your lawyer will handle the process of soliciting an offer of compensation from the insurance company involved on the “fault” side of the accident. This is the side of whoever’s at fault in the accident. Again, this step will probably take quite a bit of time as there’s a lot of red tape to cut through and many people who have to look at the solicitation.
Once it has been properly reviewed, the insurance company will send an offer that you will review with your lawyer before heading to the next step.
Filing a lawsuit and/or arbitration
If there is no settlement taken with the insurance company, the next step for your lawyer is to file a lawsuit or demand arbitration from the party at fault. The defendants will have thirty days to respond to the lawsuit and figure out the next course of action.
After the defendants, have responded to the lawsuit, it’s time to prepare for the trial. Your lawyer will take you through all of the steps needed to prepare, which can get pretty complicated. For example, he or she will help you prepare all of your witnesses for the trial. Without a lawyer, this is pretty much impossible to do on your own.
Filing a trial date
Next up, your lawyer will file for a trial date with the respective Court. However, after this the process is completely up to the courts. No one other than the judge can determine when a trial will be heard, which depends on the productivity and case load of the Court.
Without a personal injury lawyer, none of the above steps would be possible for you to complete on your own. This is what a lawyer can offer you so your reimbursement process goes exactly the way that you want it to.