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What Are the Steps to Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you have been involved in an accident and are interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit against the people responsible, you’ve come to the right place.
The process of beginning litigation for a personal injury claim can seem complex for someone who doesn’t often deal with the specifics of personal injury law. Terms like “comparative negligence” and “statute of limitations” aren’t ones you hear in everyday conversation. Luckily, our knowledgeable attorneys at Haffner Law are here to help make filing your claim as easy as possible.
Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney
Your first steps after being cleared by a medical professional will likely need to include speaking with a personal injury lawyer. In most cases, this should be done immediately, even before you speak with the insurance company.
It will also be important to speak with us promptly because the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is only two years from the date the accident occurred. This may seem like more than enough time, but obtaining necessary evidence to support your case can be time-consuming, not to mention that you will likely need access to the compensation you’re owed as quickly as possible.
Once you’ve enlisted the help of a qualified personal injury attorney, we will begin to obtain the evidence to support your claim. This will include a thorough investigation by your attorney, an examination of relevant police reports, securing witness statements, and an examination of your medical records to make sure there was in-depth documentation of your injuries.
Determine Who’s at Fault
Through the investigation, it should become clear who should be named as liable for your injuries. Depending on the type of accident you were involved in, any number of individuals or corporations could hold the blame.
We will also consider the level of fault—if any—you hold for your accident. Comparative negligence laws will lower the amount of compensation you are able to receive based on how much you are considered to be at fault for your injuries.
Calculate the Value of Your Claim
After we have named the appropriate negligent parties in your claim, we will begin to determine what we should seek in terms of compensation. We compute this figure by using the diagnosis of your doctor to examine the extent of your injuries and their impact on your life currently and in the future.
Some of the damages we most commonly include are the loss of income, increasing medical bills, costs of prescription medications, copays associated with doctor visits, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Based on your injuries, we can include other damages. As a whole, we will essentially incorporate every way you’ve been impacted so you stand to receive the maximum compensation available to you.
File Your Claim
After we gather all of the above information, we will fill out the necessary paperwork with you and file your personal injury claim. From there, we will be given a court date when the judge and/or jury will hear your case, as well as a rebuttal by the person being sued. Keep in mind that many cases settle before going to court becomes necessary.
Get Started Today
When you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, we hope you’ll also consider allowing Haffner Law to represent you as your California personal injury lawyer. Our team of dedicated professionals is prepared to build you a powerful case to get you the compensation that’s rightfully yours.
Schedule your initial consultation with us today by calling 1-844-HAFFNER (423-3637) or filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.