You are likely aware that people who get injured in car accidents often have the right to compensation for their medical bills and other related losses. However, few people are familiar with the legal process of obtaining that compensation until they are injured themselves. The following is just a brief overview of the steps in a Michigan car accident case. It is important to realize that this process can be very complicated and it is critical to have the guidance and help of an experienced car accident attorney.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2.3 million motor vehicle accidents result in injuries on an annual basis in the United States. If you believe there is even a chance that you were injured in a crash, you should always seek medical attention. Some injuries may not be so obvious and you want to ensure you get the proper diagnosis and the treatment you need. Medical records will also play an important role in your case, so you want to ensure they are complete and accurate.
In some cases involving minor injuries, you can resolve your case and obtain compensation through an insurance claim. However, you should never accept an insurance offer without first having it reviewed by a skilled attorney, as insurance companies are known for “low-balling,” especially on the first offer. A lawyer can analyze your losses, determine whether an offer is inadequate, and negotiate with your insurer to try to obtain the settlement amount you deserve whenever necessary.
Filing a Claim
In many cases, especially those involving severe injuries, it is necessary to file a legal claim for personal injury against the party that caused your accident. There are many steps to the lawsuit process, including the following:
-Drafting and filing a complaint setting out your claims;
-The discovery stage for evidence gathering, which can include written request, depositions, and more;
-Engaging in negotiations to try to reach a favorable settlement out of court;
-Representing you at a jury trial, if needed.
Each step of the litigation process has many requirements and procedural rules that must be followed, however, a skilled trial attorney will know how to obtain the compensation you deserve.