Statistics reveal that more than three million people suffer injuries due to accidents either in their homes, at places of work, in their cars, or when on outdoor engagements. In many cases it is usually someone else at fault and the victims of the accidents have a right to be compensated.
Though the law of tort can be rather complex, with the help of a personal injury attorney the process of making claims can be made easy. Many lawyers such as Lennon Mazzeo provide a free initial consultation and will be able to inform you whether you have a justifiable claim. He or she will also help you deal with the insurance companies to ensure that an individual’s circumstances are considered fully.
If you have had an injury or accident, you may be able to make a personal injury claim (get compensation) from the person (s) or the corporation you believe is responsible for your injury or accident.
- Making your claim and obtain expert opinions.
Ensure you do this with the help of an attorney. The initial thing your personal injury lawyer will do is to send a claim letter to the individual(s) or the company for which you are holding liable. This will serve to set out the details of your injury and what particularly transpired.
The defendant has to reply to the letter within a certain period which is usually not more than three months but in most cases it should be much shorter than this. In his or her reply, to the letter. In his or her reply, the defendant, must say whether he or she denies or accept the liability for your injury. If they accept that they are liable for your injury, your lawyer will try to settle the matter out of the court. In such a case he or she will not file the lawsuit against the defendant by trying to settle the matter out of the court.
- Making an offer
At this point, your attorney will inform you of what they think of the value of your claim. He or she may inquire on such things as how much compensation you are willing to accept and whether you want to make an offer to settle for that amount. Your attorney will tell you whether you should make an offer and how this would affect you.
At this juncture if the defendant’s response is favorable, concerning the offer and they agree on a common amount, the matter can be settled without going to court. However, under certain circumstances the defendant may make a counter offer. If such a situation ensues, your advocate will provide further guidance on what you should do.
- Court settlements
If you fail to settle fair amount out of out of the court, your attorney will advise you on whether to begin the legal action.
If the defendant says that they are not responsible for the injury hence cannot pay you for the compensation, your attorney may advise you to go court to challenge them and to ask the court to award you compensation.