If you’ve sustained injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses and pain and suffering. But the path from the initial accident to finally receiving compensation can be a complicated one. Fortunately, Tampa attorneys like Dan Zohar can help you navigate the process.
Tampa attorney Dan Zohar has been practicing personal injury law for more than three decades. He has guided thousands of plaintiffs through civil lawsuits in the court system, helping them get a legal remedy for their losses. He has represented plaintiffs injured in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, as well as motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Here is what you should know about the personal injury claim process and timeline.
What is a personal injury claim?
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when the plaintiff sustains injuries in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. If the settlement favors the plaintiff, the insurance company of the responsible person will pay the injured person, covering medical bills, missed wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
How long does a personal injury claim take?
Each personal injury case is unique, both in terms of accident circumstances and the expected timeline, but overall, the process involves a few distinct and predictable steps. While most personal injury claims are settled before a lawsuit is filed in court, some of these stages may not be applicable in certain claims.
Step 1: Seek medical attention.
The first thing you need to do in case of an injury caused in an accident is to seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you sustained serious injuries, it’s best to document them, as medical records can and will be used as evidence. Also, not all injuries are immediately obvious at the scene of the accident, so make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Step 2: Consult a personal injury attorney.
It’s unwise to attempt to negotiate with insurance companies on your own. Not only are insurance companies represented by entire legal teams, but they know all the ins and outs of personal injury laws, making them a dangerous adversary. Contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can alleviate stress so you can focus on recovering from your injury.
Step 3: Your personal injury attorney considers your case.
Once a personal injury attorney interviews you and examines your available records, they will decide if your case can be settled out of court. This means they will make a demand to the other attorney and negotiate fair compensation.
An experienced personal injury attorney won’t make a demand before the plaintiff reaches the point of maximum medical improvement to ensure all your expenses are accounted for.
If the settlement negotiations hit a dead-end or two sides are not likely to come to an agreement, your attorney will help you file a personal injury lawsuit, in which case you move to the litigation stage of the process.
Schedule your free consultation with one of the best personal injury attorneys in Tampa.
For an experienced legal viewpoint, call (800) 963-3311 toll-free and schedule a free initial consultation. Personal injury attorney Dan Zohar’s skillful representation can help you get the right medical care, fair compensation you’re entitled to, and the justice you deserve.