Each year billions of dollars are funneled towards compensation in personal injury cases in the United States. This is mainly because of the common occurrence of car accident cases across the country. When an individual is involved in a car accident, they need to understand specifics with regards to the accident, compensation and the filing of a personal injury claim. This article will discuss some aspects regarding the filing, worth, duration and evidence in personal injury claims.
When an individual is involved in a car accident it is important that they understand specifics and are acquainted with what they should and should not do. In the event that such information is not available online, consulting a lawyer about the case is the best action. Most lawyers offer a free initial consultation to explain the possible success of the case and how such a case would proceed.
One of the key questions generally asked with regards to a personal injury claim, is its worth. While the question is valid, receiving a definite answer is often hard when put to a lawyer. This is mainly because they determine the worth and worthiness of a case depending on a number of factors; some of these factors include the following:
- Injuries sustained
- Severity of all factors
- Details pertaining to the claim
- The limits of insurance policies
- Defendant involved in the case and their lawyers
- Issues of liability
- Past and future medical bills
- Resultant loss of income due to injury
- If death occurred
- Pain and suffering
Until all these factors can be successfully responded to, determining worth of a case may be a shot in the dark.
An aspect that may be inquired into is whether the case will succeed. When determining the success of a case the issue of evidence is key and imperative to moving forward. Without the necessary evidence relating to the accident incident and injuries sustained, there is no case. Evidence may be provided by way of:
- Witness testimony
- Medical documentation
- Photographs of the accident
- Police records, etc.
Medical records enhance the strength of the claim and additional documentation of injuries explains to the jury or judge the severity of harm the victim suffered because of the accident. When such important evidence is available compensation becomes necessary in order to make the victim ‘whole’.
Often the question of duration is pertinent before embarking on a claim process. However, getting an exact time frame is near impossible as the length of a case is dependent upon a number of factors, for example, the:
- availability of evidence
- witnesses involved
- time required to establish numerous processes
- negotiation process
As such a personal injury case may take a few months or a few years depending on the above factors and additional criteria that may be necessary.
Most people are unfamiliar of what to do after an accident happens. Generally, it is advised that individuals involved in an accident must do the following:
- Move to a safe distance
- Seek medical treatment immediately
- If possible, take pictures of the accident and get evidence of the scene
- Take photos of the vehicle
- Contact your lawyer
For legal advice and representation contact a Wasilla car accident lawyer.