What Are the Steps to Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you were recently injured in an accident and are facing substantial medical bills and other damages, you may be able to recover these losses in a personal injury claim against the person or people responsible for the accident.
Filing a personal injury claim can seem like a daunting process, and when you’re still recovering from your injuries, it’s probably the last thing you want to deal with. But in many cases, the only way to relieve the financial burdens injury victims face is to file a personal injury claim. Continue reading for a quick and simple look into the steps you can take to secure the compensation you deserve.
Reach Out to an Attorney
Before anything else, it’s helpful to speak with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney. Although hiring an attorney is not a legal requirement, having the assistance of a professional with extensive knowledge of tort law and litigation can be extremely beneficial to your claim.
Possibly the most important aspect of a personal injury claim is the ability to establish fault for the accident that harmed you. This way, we are able to determine who will be named as the defendant in your case.
Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident you were involved in and ensure that each and every party who played a role in your injuries is held financially accountable.
Calculate Your Compensation
Once blame has been determined, we will begin to calculate the value of your claim by considering the damages you’ve endured and placing a monetary figure on each. Any lost wages and medical bills are easily quantifiable, while areas like pain and suffering and loss of consortium will need further discussion regarding the impact they’ve had on your life.
Negotiate with the Insurer
Where applicable, we will then begin negotiations with the insurance company. It’s likely that the insurer will push back against our demands, as insurance companies are notoriously money-hungry. However, you can rest assured that your attorney will settle for nothing less than what you deserve.
Connect with a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
To obtain more information about what to expect when filing a personal injury claim, schedule a free consultation with a qualified Chicago personal injury lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC today. We can be reached via the contact form at the bottom of this page or by phone at 312-332-1400.