Every day, hundreds of people become injured in accidents. In some cases, these accidents are due to someone else’s negligence. When injuries are serious, the injured party has the right to file a claim for compensation. Unfortunately, the rules and regulations surrounding personal injury claims can be complicated. And unless you have an educational background in law, filing a claim on your own is almost impossible. This is where Doug Allen’s Monument Personal Injury lawyers can help. Together you can work with us to develop a solid case that will help you get the compensation you deserve.
It’s important to know, however, that filing a claim takes teamwork. To be successful, you and your lawyer need to work together to develop a solid case. And while your lawyer will do most of the work, they will require your help. So what can you do to help us, help you?
1) Understand the process
The more you know about the process, the easier it will be for you and your lawyer to work together. Of course your lawyer will be able to educate you along the way. But that doesn’t mean it would hurt to do some research of your own. This is especially true when it comes to knowing the details of your claim amount. To make an accurate assessment of your claim, there are many factors that one must consider. The more information you can give to your lawyer, the better. The cause, impact, and severity of your injury will all play a huge role in your claim amount. So will the effect that the injury has on your everyday life. Are you still able to go to work? Can you do household chores? Do you have to put off vacations that have been pre-booked? All of these things will influence the outcome of your claim. The more information you have readily available for your lawyer, the better it will be.
2) File your claim as soon as possible
If you have obtained a personal injury, contact our Monument Personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. The sooner you start working on your claim, the better your chances of winning. Why is it better to file early? There are a few reasons. The main reason is that because early on, evidence is still well preserved. Let’s take an automobile accident for example. If you contact a lawyer early, the vehicle is still well preserved and the lawyer can search it for evidence that might benefit your case. In some cases, they may find things that police didn’t. They will also have the option of taking photographs at this time for future reference if needed. But if you wait too long to call your lawyer, the vehicle may no longer be available to search. In addition to evidence being better preserved, so are witnesses memories. Sure, a lawyer can contact a witness at any point in time, but the sooner they are able to contact them the better their memory of the accident will be.
Another reason to file your claim early is because it will help the process run more smoothly. When the accident first happens, you can gather evidence as you go. Medical bills, lost wages, and other information can be delivered to us as it comes in to you. If you wait to file your claim, you may have to search for all of your information, thereby making the process longer than it needs to be. And the longer the process it, the longer it will take you to receive compensation.
And for those asking the question, ‘is there a time limit on filing a claim?’ Yes, there is. Ask Doug Allen’s Monument Personal injury lawyers for more information.
3) Keep records
When it comes to filing a personal injury claim, it is important that you keep records. Any out-of-pocket funds related to the injury should be recorded. These may include things like medical bills, alternative treatment bills, and rehabilitation bills. You should also keep records of any wages lost due to the accident. A lawyer can help you to calculate future lost wages based on your current wage and the severity of your injuries. Many people also do not realize that they can add things like vacation to their claims. If you had a prior vacation booked that you cannot go to because of the injuries, you can file to gain compensation for that as well.
In addition to recording all bills, you should really keep track of any information related to the accident. Any doctor statements, medical records, and evidence should be well preserved and ready for us to use as evidence.
I have everything ready to go to my lawyer, now what?
Once you have contacted Doug Allen’s Monument Personal injury lawyers, it’s now time to start your case. First, we will file the initial court papers. During this we can help you understand the basics of your claim. From there, your case will go through a “discovery” process where each party of the lawsuit will gain as much information as possible to learn the facts of the case. During this time, we can help you to determine a fair claim amount. If both parties can agree on a claim amount, the case will settle. This is the case for most personal injury claims. But in the event that the two parties cannot agree on a fair claim amount, the case will be taken to trial. We do everything to avoid this while at the same time still fighting for a fair compensation. Trial can be an expensive and time consuming process, so it’s in the best interest of both parties to avoid it if necessary.
So if you have been in a personal injury accident, contact Doug Allen’s Monument Personal Injury Lawyers today. We can help you determine if you have a case worth fighting for free, and guide you along the way to getting fair compensation.