If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should consult a lawyer about your legal options. You know you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your case. However, you might not understand what it is they do.
A personal injury lawyer handles cases involving injury and death due to a person or entity’s negligent actions. They represent the victim and pursue compensation on their behalf by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Protecting Your Legal Rights
When you’re attending doctor’s appointments and facing expensive medical bills, the last thing you should worry about is a personal injury case. Your PI lawyer can take on the legal responsibilities, so you can focus on healing.
They will protect your rights and communicate on your behalf with various parties involved in the process, such as:
- Police officer requesting a statement regarding the incident
- Medical providers trying to collect payment for services
- Insurance companies asking for information about the accident determine eligibility for compensation
You might think you can handle these issues by yourself. However, you could end up saying the wrong thing and end up with a denied insurance claim.
For example, if you speak with the at-fault party’s insurance company, they could use your words against you to shift liability from their policyholder to you. Let your lawyer handle the communication to avoid common pitfalls that negatively impact personal injury cases.
Accident Investigations and Evidence Collection
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to investigate accidents thoroughly. They can review the circumstances to determine fault and who they can hold liable for your injuries.
They can also gather the available evidence to prove what happened and show you deserve compensation. Common examples of evidence include:
- Video surveillance of the incident
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Photos from the accident scene
- Pictures of visible injuries
- Repair estimates for the damage to personal property
- Surgical reports, imaging test results, physical therapy notes, and other medical records
- Medical bills, bank statements, and other evidence of expenses
Your lawyer can file an insurance claim on your behalf and submit all the evidence they collected.
Negotiate a Settlement with the Insurance Company
Your personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company for an adequate settlement on your behalf. Settlement negotiations are often confusing and stressful for accident victims. If you attempt to handle this yourself, you will likely end up with much less compensation than you deserve or a denied claim.
Insurance companies want to avoid large settlement payouts. If they can find a valid reason to deny your claim, they will. They also might try to intimidate you into accepting the offer they provide. If you don’t have an attorney to handle this part of your case, you might feel tempted to accept any amount of money you can get.
If the insurance company refuses to settle for a fair amount or denies your claim entirely, your lawyer can proceed with a lawsuit.
File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Your PI lawyer can file a lawsuit against the insurance carrier or at-fault party responsible for causing your injuries. Generally, they will try to settle your claim first. A lawsuit is the next step to take if they can’t recover the compensation you need to cover your losses.
Lawsuits are often more complicated than insurance claims. It requires following a specific procedure and strict deadlines. Your lawyer can prepare all the necessary legal documents and file them with the appropriate court.
They will have to gather additional evidence to prove your injuries resulted from the incident and required medical treatment. They might try to settle the case through mediation to avoid going to court.
If the defendant and their attorneys don’t agree to a settlement, your lawyer can begin preparing for trial.
There’s more participation for the plaintiff during a lawsuit than an insurance claim. You might have to attend the mediation, give a deposition to the defense attorney, and complete various documents and forms. However, your personal injury lawyer can guide you through all of this to ensure you do everything correctly.
Contact Us Today
If someone else’s negligence resulted in your injuries or a loved one’s death, do not hesitate to reach out to Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys. Our personal injury lawyers have represented accident victims for over 31 years. We are familiar with state laws and the legal strategies that can achieve our client’s goals. We will advocate for your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.
We take cases on contingency, meaning you’re not responsible for upfront fees or costs if you choose to hire us. We won’t collect any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. If we lose your case, you won’t have to pay.
Call us at (702) 766-5211 today for a free consultation with an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer from Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys. We’re ready to help you hold the at-fault party liable and secure the maximum compensation available.