When a person suffers an injury and learns that they should hire a personal injury attorney, one of their first questions is often how an attorney can help them. While every case is different, below you can read about six of the most important roles we play in the cases of our clients at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. With additional questions please call us at 800-333-0000.
1. Investigation the Case
If the police were called to your accident, they would likely have completed an investigation. This may include sketches or photos of the scene, statements for all involved parties, statements from witnesses. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to provide a clear picture needed to prove fault.
Your attorney will take extra steps to investigate the case, which includes looking at the police report, reports from the insurance company, and surveillance video of the scene. They may talk to witnesses, look for evidence of past issues involving the at-fault party, and look at medical records. We may also talk to expert witnesses.
2. Ensuring Medical Attention
One of the biggest mistakes people make after an accident is to ignore the advice of their doctor or otherwise not follow their doctor’s advice. This can have a hugely negative impact on the outcome of a personal injury case.
3. Finding and Storing Evidence
Beyond the initial investigation, there may be more evidence needed. This could include getting copies of medical records or retaining evidence to ensure it is not damaged, destroyed, or tampered with.
4. Creating and Issuing a Demand Letter
This is the outline we will send to the at-fault party or their insurance company. It covers who is involved in the accident, the facts of what happened, details on your injuries and property damage, and any other relevant damages. This letter provides a specific number we are requesting.
5. Negotiation with the Insurance Company
It is unlikely that the insurance company will simply accept the terms of the demand letter as is. Instead, they are likely to come back with an offer. We will negotiate with them in order to find the best possible outcome for you.
6. Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
In the event that they refuse to provide a fair settlement, we will file the personal injury lawsuit. We do not make this decision without carefully outline the options with you. The more information you have, the more informed your decision will be.
If you have been involved in an accident, have been injured in that accident, and someone else was at fault for that accident, then it is time to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.