Each personal injury case is unique; however, they tend to follow a specific
process. The first step is to meet with a
personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. Your attorney will thoroughly
evaluate your case, answer any questions you may have, and explain your
options for seeking compensation for your losses.
When you meet with the personal injury lawyer, you should bring copies
of all of the documents that are relevant to your case. Your attorney
will need to review your medical bills and records. You’ll continue
to update your attorney throughout your recovery process. Your attorney
also needs to know the basic facts of the case, such as how your injury
occurred and which parties were involved. He or she needs your insurance
coverage information so that the insurance carriers may be notified that
you are being represented by an attorney. Additionally, your attorney
needs updated, detailed records regarding all of the losses you have sustained
as a result of the incident, including your lost wages, medical expenses,
and property damage.
Presenting a Settlement Package
With all of the information you provide and with the information the attorney
gathers from the investigative process, he or she will then prepare a
settlement package. A settlement package details the accident, your injuries,
medical treatments, prognosis, damages, and the legal elements that establish
liability. It also includes a demand for compensation.
Negotiating the Settlement
After reviewing the settlement package, the insurance company may provide
a counteroffer. You and your attorney will agree upon the best response
to the counteroffer. You may decide to accept it or not. Your attorney
can negotiate with the insurance carrier to attempt to increase the settlement.
In the event that an appropriate settlement is not forthcoming, you may
decide to have your attorney file a personal injury lawsuit.
Rion, Rion & Rion is a third generation law firm that fights for justice
on behalf of personal injury victims. To
schedule a consultation with our personal injury lawyer in Dayton, OH, call (937) 223-9133. We
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