If you’ve been injured in an accident, it is likely that you will be able to make a claim for damages. You may be forced to pay medical bills and repair bills that were caused by the accident, so it is important to receive compensation. Learn the steps of filing a personal injury claim.
Step 1. Consult a Lawyer
After your accident, it’s important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. They can guide you through the claim process and will have the knowledge to help you successfully receive compensation. They can explain your legal options, investigate who is liable for the accident, and help you collect evidence to support your claim.
Step 2. Investigate Your Claim
Your attorney will fully investigate your claim, and look at many things, including:
- Police reports
- Accident scene photographs
- Witness testimony
- Medical records and bills
- Your employment history and earning power
There are many sources of evidence your lawyer should explore to determine key factors of your accident.
Step 3. Submit Your Demands
After the evidence has been gathered and assembled into a case, your attorney will submit the evidence packet with a copy of your demand letter. This letter will outline your case, including the liability and damages you have sustained. The insurance company is often the recipient of the demand packet, and they will review the demand. They will then decide to reject the demand, offer another settlement amount, or accept the demand. A quality letter and packet is critical for your demand.
Step 4. Prepare for Litigation
Even if you do not anticipate going to court over your claims, your case should still receive meticulous attention and preparation in case it is necessary. Your lawyer should prepare your case as if you were going to court. In the event that it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, you and your attorney will be ready to fight for your case.
If you have been injured in an accident, don’t wait to get help. Our experienced team of Ventura personal injury attorneys is ready to tackle your case. At Haffner Law Group, we are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve.