Many people have been hurt by someone else, or because of someone else’s actions, have wondered if they should file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Many other people in this situation have already decided to file a suit. Not all injuries can be blamed on someone else and therefore not all injuries are good candidates for a personal injury claim or lawsuit. So what should you do to prepare to file a lawsuit?
You should first be aware that a personal injury claim is different from a personal injury lawsuit. If you file a claim it is between you and the defendant’s insurance company. This usually involves a negotiation process wherein you and the insurance company work to reach a satisfactory agreement. However, when a claim is denied, or negotiations stall, but you still feel that you have been wronged you can decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. That’s when you should contact the Streator, IL personal injury lawyers at Brassfield & Krueger.
However, before you reach this point, there are several other things you need to do. Make sure you have collected all of the evidence possible from your situation. For example, if you have been in a car accident then make sure you have photos of the damage, a copy of all your medical bills and names of any important witnesses who can help. Likewise, if you have been hurt in another kind of accident, then make sure to collect as much evidence from that scene as well. It’s also a good idea to take any notes if you speak with anyone else involved. Additionally, if you are planning to file a claim or a lawsuit, then you should notify that person of your intentions.
It’s also important to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit. A personal injury claim or lawsuit can be a lengthy process, which is why it’s important to move in a timely manner. In fact, if you wait too long, then you might be out of luck when it comes to collecting damages. If you have made the decision to file a personal injury lawsuit, you do have the option to represent yourself. However, in most cases anyone being sued will likely hire a defense attorney, which means it’s a very good idea for you to retain a lawyer as well.
Being involved in any kind of accident is an unpleasant situation, but not doing anything about it can be even worse. Don’t let someone else’s poor choices or careless behavior hurt you now and for years to come, without receiving fair and justified compensation. Please contact our Streator, IL personal injury lawyers at Brassfield & Krueger today. Click here to get in touch with us online or give us a call at your earliest convenience at 815-315-9845.
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