You’ve been hurt in an accident. Now what? If you believe that you sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may be interested in pursuing a personal injury case to gain compensation for your medical expenses or time away from work.
The first things you’ll want to do?
Seek medical attention and hire a lawyer. Of course, there’s a lot of room between the emergency room and hiring a personal injury lawyer. You may have other lingering questions about what happens when you file a personal injury claim or the steps to getting workers compensation.
Fortunately, we’re here to answer those questions.
What Do I Need to Bring to My Attorney?
Your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer should go over exactly what happened during and after your accident. Explain the situation and bring along any documentation you can: pictures of the site, contact information from witnesses, etc. You’ll also want to provide any medical documents you have for treatment you’ve undergone since the injury happened. These bits of information can help your lawyer determine if you have a valid personal injury case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Case?
The statute of limitations on filing a personal injury case varies from state to state, but usually hovers around one year. Some states also have very, very short time limits if you want to file a claim against a government agency. That said, the sooner you file your case, the better your chances of achieving full compensation and making an excellent case for your claim.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
That all depends, but in all likelihood, no. By some estimates, only 2% of personal injury cases ever go to trial; the rest are handled in settlement negotiations outside of the courtroom.
How Much Can I Expect to Receive?
Again, that will depend greatly on the nature and extent of your injuries. As of last March, the average maximum compensation for an employee with arm injuries at work was $169,880. Beware lawyers who make you promises about specific dollar amounts.
How Much Will I Have to Pay My Lawyer?
Most attorneys in this field work on contingency fees, meaning that they will only take a percentage of your eventual winnings. If you don’t win anything, you don’t pay.
Filing a personal injury claim can be stressful, but you don’t have to go it alone. In 2013, there were a reported 3,007,300 occupational illnesses and injuries just in workplaces, while countless Americans were injured in car crashes. An experienced attorney can guide you through all of the steps to get you the rightful compensation you deserve.