With greater than 2,300 attorneys in Alaska wanting your business, how do you determine the lawyer or firm that is going to offer you the best chance at success? Figuring this out begins when you first interview Attorneys In Wasilla Ak, where you can gauge an attorney’s personality, knowledge and experience.
As close to immediately as possible following an incident where you are injured, you should contact Attorneys In Wasilla Ak to seek advice. At this first point of contact, you should be able to learn about important time deadlines, such as Alaska’s statute of limitations, which requires all lawsuits for personal injuries to be filed within two years following the date of incident (or, at least, two years from the date you discovered that you were injured). It is also important to remember that this two-year deadline applies to property damage claims, too.
These attorneys should also inform you about the various stages of a lawsuit, such as (a) intake, where the attorney learns as much about the potential claim as you can tell him, and gathers other information through medical records and incident reports, (b) drafting, filing and then serving the complaint on the other side, (c) a long period of “discovery” where information is exchanged through written demands and depositions, where each attorney asks questions of the opposing person involved in the lawsuit, (d) motions, where the parties may ask the court to narrow issues or dismiss the case and (e) trial, where the parties are questioned, followed by witnesses and expert witnesses, so that a judge or jury can learn as much as possible in order to make an informed decision as to what, if any, award should be given, to whom, and how much the payment should be.
Of course, at any point during this process, the case may settle, where the parties agree on a monetary payment in order to prevent the risk, expense and uncertainty of trial. Attorneys in Wasilla Ak that are worth anything will always be trying to settle.
If you have to go to trial (something that happens less than 5% of the time), your attorney must be able to present your story in such a way to demonstrate that you were severely injured and the incident was entirely the other party’s fault. Your advocate will have to counter the opposing attorney doing the opposite and trying to show that you were barely injured and you contributed to it happening.
No matter how your case is eventually resolved, a strong trial lawyer offers you the best chance at trial, because he is strong, but also the best case at reaching a good settlement, as other attorneys will not want to chance going up against someone so successful.