Vanessa here. Welcome back to my blog. Today, we are discussing the process of filing a personal injury claim. I spoke to a Seattle personal injury lawyer I met through a friend, and they informed me that many people have no idea how to file a claim. Many injury victims are overwhelmed by the process and know next to nothing about it.
Lack of knowledge is not their fault. If you’ve never been in an accident before, how would you know how to file a personal injury claim? Because so many people have so little information about this important process, I’ve decided to share some of the information I’ve learned through my research on legal topics.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
First, you need to understand that filing a claim is a legal undertaking. You are basically accusing someone of being to blame for causing you harm. That person has the right to defend themselves. If they are found to be at fault for your accident, injuries, and losses, they can be made to pay you a settlement.
Here’s an example:
You were walking at a department store when you slipped on a spill. You sustained a head injury due to your fall. You learn that a leaking roof caused the spill. The leak had been there for several months but the store’s owner hadn’t gotten it repaired yet. The store’s owner can be held liable for what you went through.
Proving fault is challenging. You need to collect evidence. You need photos of the spill, statements from witnesses, photos of the damaged roof, or other types of proof of fault. You also need evidence that proves you were hurt, such as medical evidence. Other types of evidence can be used to prove your losses, too.
Do You Need Help from a Lawyer?
Some people think they can file a claim on their own, and it’s something you could try. However, because personal injury claims are legal undertakings, a lawyer can be a great help. Your claim could even go to trial in some cases, which means you may need a lawyer to litigate your case on your behalf.
Plus, lawyers know the personal injury laws in each state so they will know how to prove your case and what requirements need to be met in order for you to receive a settlement. Furthermore, most personal injury lawyers don’t take payment until after a settlement is won, which means you don’t have to pay anything up front.