If you have been injured in a California accident as a result of someone else's negligence, that person should be held accountable for their actions. One of the quickest and most straightforward methods to ensure that they are is to launch a personal injury lawsuit. If you retain the services of an attorney to represent you, your odds of success increase considerably. Before you decide to work with an attorney, be certain that you are aware of the following facts.
Prior to speaking with a personal injury attorney, get medical attention
One of the most crucial things to remember is that getting medical attention should always be your first concern. If an ambulance is required, leave the location of the accident as soon as possible. If your injuries are not life threatening, see your doctor as soon as possible. Comply with all of their requirements. An attorney will likely recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible if you have not already done so before determining how much your case is likely to be worth.
You do not have an unlimited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit
In the majority of situations, an accident victim will have two years to bring a lawsuit after the incident. In certain circumstances, the statute of limitations can be extended for a longer period of time, whereas in others, it can be shortened. However, the very fact that it exists at all is sufficient justification for contacting an attorney as soon as possible. The more time your attorney has to look over your case and collect evidence, the more equipped they will be to assist you in your case.
It is your responsibility to provide evidence
Ultimately, if your case proceeds to trial, it will be up to you and your attorney to demonstrate that you were hurt. As a result, you'll need to gather as much evidence as possible, which may include medical records and pictures, expert testimony, video surveillance, deposition testimony, written testimony, eyewitness testimony, and testimony from an accident reconstruction expert, among other things. A lot of this evidence may be obtained with the assistance of your attorney.
It is more likely that your case will be settled than that it will go to trial
The great majority of lawsuits are settled before going to trial. Instead, we negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf in order to obtain the greatest possible payment. However, if the insurance company is not prepared to negotiate a reasonable compensation, we may be forced to take your case to court to resolve the matter. In any case, we will go over the various alternatives with you so that you can make the best selection possible.
The best course of action is to retain the services of a personal injury attorney
Is it mandatory to retain the services of a personal injury attorney under the law? Of course not - but you'll be pleased you did when you look back on it. When you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we can ensure that you are represented by a skilled legal professional. Calling 800-333-0000 and requesting a free legal consultation is all it takes to get started.