When a person is involved in a car accident that is not their fault, it may be the first time they have ever had to hire a lawyer and use a lawyer to file a legal claim. Legalese and legal procedures can be daunting. Therefore, it helps to be prepared to both hire and work with a lawyer who has the victim’s best interests in mind.
When speaking to a lawyer, a client should have an open and frank discussion with them. This initial discussion can ensure that both parties understand expectations, needs, the process and timelines, and every other aspect of the legal process.
The following are important discussion points that will help the accident victim feel more comfortable and confident about their case.
While a lawyer will collect evidence after the accident, a plaintiff can help by procuring as much of the following as possible:
The legal process after a car accident is complex and involves collecting evidence, negotiating with insurers, and possible litigation. Therefore, accident victims should fully understand how the lawyer plans to represent them, what strategies they will use, and the significant steps in the process.
One of the most critical responsibilities of a lawyer is to calculate the damages that will be sought in a personal injury claim. The lawyer will analyze current and future medical costs, property damage, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering to arrive at a fair and just compensation amount.
As part of the discussion on strategy, the plaintiff should understand the differences between settling with an insurance company and bringing the claim to court. They should rely on their lawyer to advise the best route to take and how the lawyer plans to proceed with negotiation or litigation.
It is easy for an accident victim facing medical bills to feel exasperated and desperate for compensation. Having an honest discussion with their lawyer about how long the process may take can help ease stress and frustration. In addition, the lawyer should always provide deadlines for each major step in the process so that important dates are not missed.
After a car accident, it is vital to speak to a personal injury lawyer quickly. The reasons for this include:
The only way to really know if a lawyer will be the right fit is to ask the right probing questions. Disregard any lawyer who will not answer important questions. The accident victim needs to be comfortable with and trusting of the lawyer they choose.
While it is essential to move quickly, it is equally important to ensure the best representation for the specific type of claim. The following are some critical questions to ask:
After a car accident, a victim should focus on healing and not on the stress of dealing with insurers and negligent parties. Having a trusted and experienced legal advocate by your side can be comforting. The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. understand what accident victims are going through. To learn more about your case and to schedule a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or contact us online. We have offices located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.