Accidents can lead to emotional, physical and financial damage. When that accident is due to negligence on behalf of a responsible party, the victim has a right to seek recourse for damages. A personal injury claim allows victims to receive a settlement for losses even if the insurance company is already willing to pay for some expenses. Filing a personal injury claim is hard, tedious work that requires the use of a skilled personal injury attorney in order to receive the best settlement possible.
After an accident, insurance companies of the responsible parties require forms and evidence to pay for a claim. The insurance company has a primary concern of reducing costs and generating revenue, which includes paying out as little in insurance claims as possible. Insurance companies review each claim to reduce the total amount a victim receives. If there are ongoing injuries as a result from the incident, the insurance company may or may not agree to pay for continuing problems.
Personal injury attorneys file a claim and handle the intricacies of the red tape while victims focus on recovery. Personal injury attorneys request medical records, respond to critical questions from the insurance company that influence the settlement amount and negotiate to get the highest possible settlement. Personal injury attorneys keep present and recurring problems in mind when assessing a settlement.
Personal injury law is complex, and attorneys keep up with new state requirements and case law to insure compliance. Any misstep along the way of a personal injury claim could drastically affect the outcome. Attorneys use their experience and detailed system to meet each deadline and guide victims through the process of the suit.
Many personal injury claims do not go to trial. Instead, insurance companies offer a settlement or go to mediation. Personal injury attorneys are experts in navigating this process to keep a claim out of court and save the victim court fees. If a claim goes to mediation, personal injury attorneys have the negotiating skills to insure a positive outcome.
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim varies by state. There is a short window of opportunity to decide to file a claim. After an injury, it is best to consult with a personal injury attorney even if there is personal uncertainty about whether to move forward. Though some states give claimants a year to file, other states have a shorter timeline. Claims involving the government tend to have an even shorter deadline. Personal injury attorneys know if a case is worth pursuing, and they can start gathering required documentation before the wounds begin to heal.
About The Writer
Adam Zayed is a founding partner at the car accident injury law firm of ZayedLaw. With over 30 years of experience, and mentions in places such as Forbes.com, Adam is a respected advocate for his clients.