A PERSONAL INJURY CASE: STEP BY STEP- Phases of a Personal Injury Case
If you or a loved one has been injured (or worse) by someone else’s negligence in Las Vegas, you need to be fairly compensated for medical expenses, loss of wages, and other damages like pain and suffering. You may have watched TV shows or read stories about how attorneys handle these personal injury cases, but they don’t always show exactly what really happens.
Personal injury claims can be very complex, so you’ll want to hire the best personal injury attorney to work through all the details and push your case forward to a beneficial resolution. Here are the main parts, or phases, of a typical personal injury case.
This may sound like an obvious first step, but sometimes people skip doctor visits or ignore orders. Oftentimes, people don’t want to start a treatment plan not knowing how they are going to afford it. Not only do you need to get well, but your medical treatment details are a crucial part of your personal injury case. The goal is for your injuries to get properly diagnosed and treated. We want to show that you’re doing all the right things to recover as quickly as possible.
Please get medical treatment ASAP. This may include an ambulance taking you to the hospital at the time of your injury, follow up visits to your doctor, additional doctor visits, physical therapy, MRIs, injections, or even possibly surgery.
The helpful team at Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys will need to collect as much information as possible about your injury and the incident that caused it. We use this information to determine the value of your case, and it becomes the evidence that backs up your claim. Information may include:
- Details about the incident that caused your injury, like police records, involved parties (and their employers), and insurance companies. Sometimes there are more parties involved than you may think, like a tire manufacturer or a corporate entity.
- Injury information, including doctors visited, medical treatment information, and medical records
- How your injury impacts your job and lifestyle.
- Any information about your personal history that may impact your case, such as previous accidents and injuries.
Once we’re able to determine the compensation you deserve and assign a value to your case, we’ll start negotiating with the insurance company and other companies involved. Don’t be upset if the insurance company’s first offer is very low. We just use this as a starting point to negotiate an even better offer for you.
The good news? In our experience, most claims are settled in this negotiation phase. As personal injury attorneys, our job is to get you the maximum payment based on the strength of the all of the evidence we’ve gathered. We will also work with medical providers to lower their fees when possible, so more of the compensation goes into your pocket.
Settlement or Trial
At Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys, we are not afraid of litigation. We plan as if every case will go to trial. The strength of your case and our experience as personal injury attorneys often allows us to negotiate a fair settlement before trial, or even before having to file a lawsuit. Our clients receive higher offers prior to a lawsuit being filed because the insurance companies know we will file suit if our clients are lowballed. When a settlement is not possible, we’ll be ready to take your case to court and convince a jury that we’re right about the value of your case.
Our favorite part—and probably yours too—will be when you receive your payment so you can finally get on with your life. You will need to come into the office to sign for your settlement check.
How you can help the process
Here are the two most important things you can do if you or a family member are ever injured due to someone else’s negligence:
- Get medical treatment. This includes both immediate and ongoing treatment. Keep all medical records and bills related to the injuries. This should be your first step above all.
- Hire a personal injury attorney. Don’t risk making mistakes that hurt your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.