You have been injured in a devastating motor vehicle accident and the insurance company is playing hardball. Meanwhile, your life savings and economic future are at risk. You decide to call a personal injury attorney but are not quite sure what to expect.
Taking the legal steps to protect you and your family’s best is one of the smartest things you can do. Insurance companies count on consumer ignorance and reticent to litigate to walk all over their policy holders. When you show them you mean business, they often take your injury claim a bit more seriously.
The Settlement Offer
Contrary to what an insurance adjuster tells you, it may in your best interest to reach a reasonable settlement agreement. An experienced personal injury lawyer can tell you what a fair and reasonable settlement amount is for your case. That said, an injury victim shouldn’t accept just any offer laid in front of them. Often insurance companies will attempt to toss out what seems to be a fair figure, but will not, in the end, cover related medical expenses or any lost earnings accrued while you were recuperating.
If the insurance company fails to provide a fair settlement offer, your personal injury lawyer may advise you to take your case to court.
The Civil Court Experience
Once you have taken the steps to litigate, you may feel as if the wheels of justice are turning a bit slowly. Hang in there. A substantial portion of the process will involve filing motions, interviewing potential witnesses and talking with experts. This will all help in building a solid personal injury case where the judge or jury finds in your favor.
Your personal injury attorney will also spend a lot of his or her time:
- Obtaining depositions from witnesses
- Speaking with forensic experts about the scientific aspects of your case
- Ferreting out medical files and records that strengthen your case
- Filing motions and complaints on your behalf
Complaints and Pleas
One of the biggest first steps of your personal injury case will be to file your initial complaint. Your complaint will outline the particulars of your case, what you are seeking in damages and why. The defendant must answer your complaint with a “plea,” or response, within a specified time period.
Jury Selection and Trial
Many personal injury plaintiffs have the option to put the trial before a judge or in front of a jury of their peers when applicable. Once this aspect is settled, the case goes to trial and both sides present their arguments. Unlike a criminal trial, the plaintiff must only prove the case based on the preponderance of the evidence; this means “more likely than not.” Even so, the burden of proof lies with the complainant and their attorney.
Reliable Legal Representation Counts
The legal aspects of personal injury law can be complicated, which is why it pays to have the best legal team possible on your side. It is important to hire a lawyer or law firm that has experience in personal injury law.
Don’t take chances when it comes to you and your loved ones’ financial future — contact TorkLaw today for a free case review, and learn your legal options after you sustain a serious personal injury. We will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay unless we win. We are also on hand to answer any legal questions you may have.
Call us today and see what TorkLaw can do to help when an accident changes the lives of you and your loved ones, and threatens your financial security.