What to Do If You Started Your Case Without a Lawyer
After a car accident, dog attack, slip and fall or any other personal injury case, you have every right to file a personal injury claim against the individual responsible. If you were motivated to get the ball rolling quickly or thought that you could do it without a lawyer, you might have already started the process.
When plaintiffs begin the personal injury claims process on their own, there is usually a point where they feel like they are in over their heads. If you already started the process, it is not too late to get help.
Talk to a Lawyer Right Away
Do not wait around to talk to a lawyer. If you are behind on deadlines or if you are failing at negotiations with the insurance company, you need to talk to a lawyer as quickly as you can. He or she can ensure that you keep up with the time limits placed on your case. Lawyers also have experience with negotiation. Your lawyer can determine how much your case is worth and try to negotiate with the insurance company to pay the settlement. Lawyers tend to have more pull than individuals. When an insurance company hears from an individual, they may think that they can offer the lowest amount possible. A lawyer will know what the case is worth and look out for you.
Bring Your Evidence to the Lawyer
If you already began the process, it is likely that you already did a lot of legwork. Bring all of your evidence to the attorney’s office so that he or she can analyze the case so far. If you have medical records, police reports and other documents that prove that the other party was at fault, your lawyer needs to see it. Your lawyer also needs to see any communication that you had with the defendant’s insurance company or with the defendant.
Be honest with your lawyer. If you made any mistakes with your case, your lawyer can only help fix them if he knows what they are. The more open you are with your advocate, the more likely he or she is to help you.
A personal injury lawyer, like from Tuttle Law, can help you at every stage in the litigation process. While it is recommended that you visit a lawyer early on in the case, if you feel like you are in over your head, bring your case to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.