Understanding Car Accident Claims

The Steps Of Filing An Injury Lawsuit

by Lois Gibson

If you have suffered an injury that put you at a financial loss, you'll certainly be looking to receive compensation. Here are the basic steps you need to file a lawsuit for your personal injury.

Evaluate Your Case

The first step is to take a look at the circumstances that surround your injury, and figure out if you actually have a valid case on your hands that could win in court. To have a solid case, there should be some type of negligence and liability involved, as well as an injury you can prove.

For instance, a dog bite will result in an injury that can be documented, have the dog's owner as the liable party, and negligence surrounding how the dog got close enough to you to cause the bite. You can always consult with a lawyer to see if your case has any merit, since they have experience with injury cases and can let you know how they expect it to play out.

Collect Your Evidence

You'll need to collect all evidence about your injury, with more evidence giving you a stronger case for your lawyer when they represent you. Some examples of valid evidence include statements from witnesses that saw the injury happen, your medical bills with clear costs associated with the injury, photographs of the injury and the healing process, and even a journal that documents your pain and suffering as a result of the injury.

If you are having trouble coming up with evidence for an injury case, know that your lawyer will help you find the evidence you need.

Write a Statement

It can take months for your injury case to be brought to mediation and even longer if it needs to go to court. It is a good idea to write down as many details about the incident as possible so that you do not forget them over time. It is recommended that you present your statement to your lawyer, and they may ask you additional questions to help flesh out the story with accurate information that may be missing.

Follow Your Lawyer's Directions

There will be a point where your lawyer takes over the the case, which is when you should follow their directions. You'll be requested to continue seeking treatment for your injury, gather more evidence, and avoid talking to others about your case. By listening to your lawyer, they'll help you win the compensation that you deserve.