Filing a Personal Injury Claim and the Potential Outcomes
In the time after suffering a injury, it can be confusing as to what to do, especially if you feel the other party acted negligently or carelessly. You should seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. The Shirvanian Law Firm in Glendale, CA is here to help you navigate the often confusing in’s-and-out’s of personal injury law. Call us at 818-835-5396 today for a free consultation.
Below are a few things you can expect to take place during the process of filing a claim and arriving at a settlement to your damages:
File a claim with the insurance company
While each case may have its own particulars, it is generally the case that the first step to take is to file a claim with the insurance company of the party at fault. This claim indicates that you were injured and seek damages from the at fault party. What this does is tell the insurance company that a lawsuit is pending. This is where the attorney of the plaintiff is going to request medical bills and records, and as well as other documents that are used to determine the nature and cost of your injuries.
Preparing the settlement demand package
The second step comes after completing your medical treatment for your injury. Once done with treatment, we can create a settlement demand package that is then sent to the claims adjuster handling the case. This includes a letter that lays out how much we are asking for and why. We will generally include any evidence of your costs, like medical bills and records, documentation of the injury, and evidence of lost wages.
Negotiation and/or litigation
Negotiation is often the final step in the process. Generally once the insurance company accepts fault they will often offer a settlement much less than what you may be asking for. Then comes the process of offers and counter offers. This negotiation is often best done by an attorney who can help you with the delicate negotiation process.
However, if the adjuster either doesn’t agree that their party was at fault or if they are refusing to negotiate it may be necessary for litigation. First the lawsuit is filed, then it moves through the court system. Generally only 5-10% of personal injuries end up going through the entire process.
Contact an Attorney Now!
No matter what point you are in the process, a personal injury lawyer can help you get your fair share. Give us a call at 818-835-5396 today to arrange a free consultation.