Personal Injury Claims: Where to Start
Your whole world has just been flipped upside-down. You’ve been injured in an accident.
All you want is to set your world right, but you have no idea how to go about it. Your injuries have left you with mountains of medical bills, missed wages, physical pain, and mental anguish. If the accident wasn’t your fault, shouldn’t you be reimbursed for all of that? Yes, you should.
The process of filing for personal injury compensation may seem daunting, but if you take things one step at a time and start at the beginning, you should be able to get the compensation you deserve for the losses you’ve faced.
Take It Step by Step
Below, you’ll see a list of steps to help you understand the process of filing a personal injury claim against a negligent party. You can always contact an injury attorney for help with any of the following steps.
Step 1: Seek Medical Attention and Document Everything
The first thing you should do after an accident is seek medical attention. You should also try to document everything you can, from the accident scene to your injuries. The more documentation you have, the easier it will be to prove your claim.
Step 2: Investigate and Prove Your Claim
Evidence is imperative to proving a personal injury claim. You should try to collect all the evidence you can. This might include witness statements, photo and video evidence, medical evidence, accident and police reports, and anything else that pertains to your case.
Step 3: Negotiate with the Other Side
A big part of the claim process is negotiating with insurance companies. Unfortunately, they aren’t usually in a negotiating mood. They will do everything they can to deny your claim or lower your claim’s value because they lose money when they have to pay you a settlement.
The insurers may place blame on you, record your statements, or offer you an unreasonably low settlement amount. Having an attorney to help with negotiations with insurers and at-fault parties can make all the difference to your claim.
Step 4: Receive a Fair Settlement or Head to the Courtroom
Sometimes, insurance companies refuse to pay you a fair settlement. When that happens, your attorney can take your claim to court to argue your case before a judge or jury. You deserve the compensation you’re owed, and your attorney will fight hard to get it for you.
Consult an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
When you’ve been injured in an accident not of your making, you should probably concentrate on resting and recovering from your injuries. Filing a personal injury claim can be a long and difficult process, and it requires focus and attention. Leave it to us.
If you won’t be able to give your claim 100 percent of your attention, you might miss your chance to recover compensation. Fortunately, an attorney at the Colley Firm, PC will give your claim all the attention it deserves. Investigating, filing, and negotiating injury claims is what we do.
Call us at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the online contact form below to discuss your case during a free consultation.