What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be considering hiring a personal injury lawyer. If so, you probably want to know what a personal injury lawyer will do that you can’t do for yourself. After all, you are not required to have an attorney. Once you have an idea of what an attorney will do for, you will understand why it is in your best interest to hire one to handle your personal injury case if you have been seriously injured.
The first thing that a personal injury attorney does is investigate. Your attorney will investigate the accident, talk to witnesses, gather evidence, and may hire a professional investigator to dig deeper into the situation. Determining the cause of the accident, any underlying causes and contributing factors, and any factors that contributed to the seriousness of your injuries are all crucial in determining who can be held financially responsible.
You cannot rely on the police or the insurance companies to investigate your accident properly and thoroughly. When it comes to the insurance companies, their investigations will be looking for ways to avoid paying you and refute your claim. Your attorney looks for evidence to support your claim.
Your attorney may discover elements that were not evident to you at the time of the accident, such as dangerous intersection design and failure to modify a dangerous intersection in spite of a history of accidents at the location.
Another part of investigating your case is identifying all of the insurance coverage that is available to pay for your injuries. This part of the process alone can be very complicated.
After the investigation, a personal injury attorney has many responsibilities including:
- Making sure you meet all deadlines on time
- Filing the compliant and other filings properly
- Determining how much money you should demand and who to name in your lawsuit
- Conducting discovery
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Hiring the necessary experts
- Preparing for and taking your case to trial
If you have been hurt in an accident you can learn more about your rights and how you can recover damages for your losses by searching our directory to find an experienced personal injury lawyer near you.