How to Claim Compensation for a Personal Injury

Did you know that you are entitled to compensation for injuries you suffer due to another person's negligence? For example, it could be you were involved in a car accident or suffered a workplace injury. In this excerpt, you will learn how you can seek compensation for such injuries. 

Compensation suits involve a lot of legalities. Therefore, it is wise to engage the services of a compensation lawyer. As a rule of thumb, you should hire a highly experienced lawyer that can guarantee positive results. Consider the following when hiring a compensation lawyer: 

  • Assess the lawyer's previous cases to determine their specialisation and success rate.
  • When hiring an online compensation lawyer, examine their credentials to determine if they are registered to offer legal services in your state. Professional awards, recognitions, and affiliation to professional organisations are added advantages.
  • Inquire about the lawyer's availability. Compensation suits can be time-consuming. Therefore, go for a lawyer who is dedicated to your matter.
  • Negotiate for a no-win-no-fee arrangement. It protects you from incurring expenses if the lawyer loses the case.  

Once you hire the lawyer, their first task will be to establish whether you qualify for compensation. Typically, the incident should not have happened more than three years ago. Besides, you must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the other party caused the injuries. You must be honest with your lawyer. Provide accurate details and do not leave any information about the incident. For example, some clients will not reveal that they were intoxicated when the incident occurred. 

The compensation lawyer will collect evidence regarding the injury. For example, they could revisit the location of the incident to rebuild the accident scene. Additionally, the lawyer will interview witnesses, check hospital and police records. Afterwards, the lawyer will appraise your injuries to determine the amount they should claim from the negligent party or insurance company. Other than medical costs, the lawyer could claim loss of wages, rehabilitation, pain, and suffering. 

When the lawyer has sufficient facts to build the case, they will contact the other party and demand compensation for the injuries. Once the other party receives the demand letter, they could give a counteroffer or refuse to pay up if they are convinced that they were not negligent. Once your lawyer gets a counteroffer, they will initiate negotiations to get reasonable compensation. This process could involve external parties such as mediators and court-appointed arbitrators to help the parties find a middle ground. 

Your compensation lawyer will move to court if the other party rejects the compensation claim or if negotiations do not bear any fruit. You will sign a settlement form once the claim is settled. The contract prevents you from suing the party due to the injuries.