If you've suffered an injury because of someone else's negligence, the best thing to do is to take legal action against them. However, many people have no idea how the legal process works and may fail to file a personal injury claim.
If you or someone you know is in such a situation, we'll help you understand the stages of a personal injury claim. Understanding the personal injury claim process is essential because it allows you to plan ahead. Below is a breakdown of the various stages of a personal injury claim and what they entail.
Medical Attention and Documentation
It's always advisable to seek medical attention first after getting injured because of someone else's negligence. The doctor should document your injuries and provide you with a medical report after treatment. The medical documentation should include the doctor's diagnosis of the injury, line-item medical bills, and detailed notes stating that your injuries manifested because of the accident.
Even if you feel like your injuries are not severe enough, it's always advisable to seek medical attention. If you fail to seek medical attention right away, you leave room for the defendant to claim the injuries weren't related to the accident in question.
For this reason, always ensure that you obtain a copy of the official medical report from a doctor or hospital and present it as evidence in your personal injury case. It also serves as proof that you had no prior health complications relating to the injury before the incident occurred.
Remember that a successful personal injury claim depends on proving the existence and severity of your injuries.
Moreover, medical records can help your attorney estimate an appropriate settlement or judgment amount. Therefore, if the insurance company offers you a lesser settlement amount than what you deserve, our attorney can use medical records as leverage.
Consultation With a Lawyer
After seeking medical treatment, you need to schedule a consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney. At Morgan & Morgan, we offer our potential clients a free, no-obligation case evaluation to kickstart the journey to compensation for their injuries.
By doing so, the attorney can assess your situation and advise on what action to take next. Even if you aren't sure whether you need a lawyer to represent you in court, it's best to consult an attorney before filing a personal injury claim.
In most cases, the defendant will also have legal representation. It is therefore important to have an attorney who has your best interests in mind as well.