What Can I Expect During My Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is often a complex process that involves multiple steps and requires a comprehensive understanding of Mississippi law. As such, anyone who has sustained injuries in Mississippi is advised to reach out to a skilled lawyer before moving forward with filing a claim. That being said, having a basic understanding of what to expect during a personal injury claim can help ensure an injury victim is prepared throughout the process.
In light of this, the following provides a general overview of what to expect, as well as how an attorney can provide valuable assistance throughout each step of the way. Consulting with an Attorney and Choosing the Right One Perhaps the most important step in the personal injury claims process involves meeting with one or more attorneys, and choosing the one that is the best fit.
To be sure, there are numerous personal injury attorneys all throughout Mississippi; however, not all are the same, and it is up to the injured party to decide who will be the best to help them recover compensation. Here, injury victims are encouraged ask a list of questions, including the following:
- Have you handled this type of case before?
- Will you be handling my case directly?
- Do you work on a contingency fee basis?
- Do you only work on personal injury cases?
- How long have you been practicing law?
The answers to these questions, among others, will help the injured party decide the right law firm for the case.
Investigating the Case
Upon being hired, the attorney will begin investigating the injury case by using a variety of methods. In this case he or she may hire accident reconstruction experts to learn more about the incident that led to the injury, and gather other forms of evidence that can bolster the claim of the injury victim. Any information gathered during the investigation process can then be used to assist the client in pursuing damages for their injuries.
Settling the Claim
Once a client has completed their medical treatment we at Gardner Law Firm will prepare a demand package for the insurance company which will include our theory of liability and of the client’s medical records and bills. We will consult with our client to arrive at an initial demand amount that is appropriate for the his/her case. We then send that to the insurance adjuster assigned to the case and give them time to evaluate our client’s damages. Usually within 30 days we receive a response to our demand and begin a process of negotiation. In the event we are unable to arrive at a settlement that is sufficient, we consult with our client about the need to file suit.
Filing a Lawsuit
If the settlement offer is too low, the injured party may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to recover fair compensation. In this scenario, the injured party (known as the plaintiff), with the help of a personal injury attorney, must argue that a fair compensation amount has not been offered. A judge or jury will then decide fault in that case, as well as an appropriate award of damages.
The personal injury lawsuit process also includes various steps, including the complaint and answer phase, discovery, the motions phase, and others, all of which require a thorough understanding of the legal system. It is for these reasons that anyone who has been injured in Mississippi is encouraged to contact a skilled lawyer for assistance in filing a claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Our Legal Team Today
If you have suffered an injury in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport or Hattiesburg, or the surrounding counties, we can help you recover. At Gardner Law Firm, we have more than 40 years of experience assisting clients throughout the state, and we pride ourselves on offering quality advocacy to those suffering from injuries. Please feel free to reach out to us today for a consultation and to learn more about how we can help. Call us at 228-436-6555 (Biloxi/Gulfport), 228-762-6555 (Pascagoula), or 601-582- 4300 (Hattiesburg).