COLUMBIA CITY INJURY LAWYER
Every day, there are dozens of people who are involved in accidents that result in injuries, ranging from car accidents to slip and fall accidents and more. While some of these accidents and injuries may be minor, and while a handful of them happen because of a victim’s own fault, often, injuries are serious and are caused by the negligence of another party. When this is the case, working with an experienced Columbia City injury lawyer can prove valuable. At the Khan Injury Law, we are here to help.
Should I File an Injury Claim?
If you have been injured and are on the fence about whether or not you should bring forth an injury claim, here are some factors to consider–
In some cases, the type of accident in which a person is involved can affect whether or not pursuing damages via an injury claim makes sense. This is because some accidents are more likely to involve insurance coverage than are others. For example, motor vehicle crashes almost always are covered by insurance. At the Khan Injury Law, we work on motor vehicle claims, slip and fall claims, commercial vehicle claims, bike and pedestrian claims, and much more.
Degree of injuries.
Perhaps the biggest consideration when thinking about whether or not you have an injury claim is whether or not you have suffered serious injuries. Minor injuries that heal in a few days and that don’t require many out-of-pocket expenses may not justify a personal injury claim. On the other hand, if you have suffered thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in damages due to severe injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, fracture injury, internal injury, or another serious injury type, you should absolutely think about filing a personal injury claim.
Fault of another party.
Finally, note that if you were to blame for your own injuries, you won’t be able to recover damages from another party, and therefore a personal injury claim wouldn’t make sense. If someone else was to blame for your accident, though, you can hold this party liable for your damages.
WHY DO I NEED A COLUMBIA CITY INJURY LAWYER?
In addition to wavering between whether or not you should file a claim in the first place, you may also be undecided about whether or not you should work with a lawyer. In addition to providing you with valuable legal advice, five primary reasons to partner with a Columbia City injury lawyer are:
Investigating your claim.
In order to prove the elements of a personal injury claim (duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages), you’ll need to gather plenty of convincing evidence via an investigation. If you’re seriously injured, though, you may be precluded from doing this on your own. Your attorney will manage the investigation on your behalf.
In addition to investigating your accident, your lawyer will also have the resources that are necessary to hire experts to investigate your claim, add value to your claim, and speak to certain issues in your claim, such as the degree of damages you’ve suffered. This can have a significant effect on the outcome of your claim.
Working with an insurance company.
Your attorney will represent you in all conversations and interactions with the insurance company, ranging from providing a detailed account of your version of the accident to issuing a demand letter and more. Your attorney can also advise you regarding the use of social media during a claim, how to interact with insurance adjusters, what to be wary of, and more.
Negotiating your settlement.
Once an investigation has concluded and a demand letter to an insurance company has been issued, the insurance company will follow up by offering you a settlement. You maintain the right to reject this settlement, and should if you do not believe that it fairly compensated you. A lawyer will represent you in this process and negotiate your settlement on your behalf.
Filing a lawsuit.
Finally, in the event that settlement negotiations are unsuccessful and you decide to file a lawsuit, you’ll need a lawyer to handle filing documents, the discovery process, depositions, motions, and the trial itself.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A COLUMBIA CITY INJURY LAWYER
As you begin your search for a Columbia City injury lawyer, there are a few things you should look for. These include:
Transparent fee system
Choose an attorney who is clear and upfront about how they charge! Personal injury attorneys should always work on a contingency fee basis – if yours doesn’t, don’t hire them! Be sure to choose an attorney who’s bar certified, too.
Personal injury law encompasses many different accident and injury types, so you want to be sure to hire an attorney who has experience working on cases like yours. In other words, don’t hire a dog bite lawyer if you’ve been in a car accident.
In preparation for the chance that your case does go to trial, it’s smart to hire a lawyer with trial experience. Make sure your attorney has actually won a case at trial.
It’s a good idea to ask the attorney what their record is winning cases like yours and what average settlements in cases like yours have been in the past. When you’re talking about something as important as the outcome of a personal injury case, you definitely want an attorney who knows what they’re doing.
Finally, note that you’ll be working with your attorney closely for many weeks or months, so having a good relationship with them will be important. If your personalities don’t mesh, it may be worthwhile to find someone else to represent you.
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