A personal injury claim is a way for a person to collect damages if he or she has been injured by the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual or entity. These claims are meant to help victims recover monetary damages for losses incurred because of the injury such as medical expenses or lost wages. Filing a personal injury claim is a means for injured victims to seek and obtain financial compensation while holding the wrongdoers accountable for their actions, or in some cases, the lack of it.
It Begins Soon after the Incident
The actions you take in the aftermath of the incident that caused your injury may determine the amount of compensation you receive. This is why it is critical to gather as much information and evidence as possible from the accident scene. For example, if you have been injured in a car accident, try and obtain information from the other parties, take photos of the accident scene and get contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. It is also important that you get prompt medical attention for your injuries. Police reports or incident reports are also an important part of the evidence in a personal injury case along with any physical evidence from the scene such as the vehicle involved in the crash.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you have sustained injuries that caused you to seek medical attention and take time off work, it would be in your best interest to contact an experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyer who specializes in this area of the law. Choose an attorney who works on a contingent fee basis, which means you should not have to pay any fees or costs until you receive compensation for your losses.
After evaluating the case, your attorney will file a lawsuit in the appropriate court. Your attorney will also help evaluate what your case is worth based on the facts of your case, specifically the damages you have suffered and help preserve vital evidence. It is important that you do not rush into a settlement with an insurance company. This may prevent you from getting a fair settlement later. Your attorney will also help determine which party or parties may be at fault for your injury case. This is a very important step in the personal injury claim process and may eventually affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Resolution of the Claim
The majority of personal injury claims is settled out of court and do not go to a trial. Getting an experienced attorney on your side who is a skilled negotiator and trial lawyer will help you achieve the best possible outcome. Each case is unique. Whether your claim is resolved with a settlement or through a jury trial depends on the facts and circumstances of your case. For more information and a free case evaluation, please call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878.