Even in the best circumstances, bad things can happen. From a car accident to a restaurant fall, people get hurt all the time. Fortunately, many accidents do not cause injuries. But sometimes you or a family member can be injured from an unexpected turn of events. That is why it is important to contact a lawyer following any injury that may stem from another person’s potential negligence. Even if the other person has done nothing wrong, a lawyer can help you sort out the facts and provide useful legal information for clarification and guidance.
No other professional understands applicable laws to your situation like a local attorney. He or she can explain the legal aspects of your injury so you will know whether you are eligible to file a claim for compensation. A lawyer can also provide an expert opinion on special circumstances related to your circumstances, including insurance coverage, or lack of, by you or the person who was allegedly negligent. You will learn how the judicial process works in processing injury claims as well as your role in meeting specific legal criteria for filing a claim.
Experience and skill.
A competent lawyer can answer all your questions about injuries you have sustained. Having represented other clients involved in accidents, a lawyer has insight to any concerns you may have and can reassure you about the pros and cons of filing a claim if it appears advisable to take that step. You will learn about the rights and responsibilities of a victim, or the plaintiff, as well as the legal steps likely to be taken by a defendant. A skilled attorney will share insights gleaned from years of practice in the legal profession. If expert witnesses like doctors or nurses are needed, chances are that the attorney you consult can provide the names of several who are a good fit for your claim.
In accident cases, time is of the essence. An attorney will inform you of the general timeframe for preparing and filing a claim as well as how long it will take to move through the legal system. You can rest assured that no important meetings or deadlines will be missed along the way, including pretrial hearings, depositions, and a possible settlement mediation conference. You will receive timely notifications of pending procedures and scheduled meetings or court appearances to keep your claim on track. Missing a deadline can be serious, as you may waive certain legal rights by missing a required court appearance or other proceeding.
Medical evaluation guidelines.
Your attorney will explain the importance of getting a thorough medical evaluation for any injuries you have sustained. This may include obtaining medical exams and treatments, as well as follow-up exams and procedures. You might be advised to keep an informal timeline of your symptoms, doctor visits, and possibly even your moods with respect to the injury. Relevant interactions with family members, workplace colleagues, and others can add helpful insight regarding their impressions of how an injury has impacted your emotions, behavior, or day-to-day functions.
It is also important to know which information should be collected and how it will be used. For example, financial records showing absenteeism from work or paid receipts from medical providers are generally helpful, although sometimes the attorney will obtain that information when you sign a medical waiver. A police report, if you have been involved in a traffic accident, will be needed, along with insurance information and other pertinent details about your financial status before and after the injury occurred.
During business and legal interactions, the attorney becomes a client’s advocate and mouthpiece, removing emotional subjectivity to keep the focus on the facts. A lawyer knows when it is best to speak up in court and when to keep quiet, as well as how to address the court and how to prepare documents for the defense attorney, such as answers to interrogatories. A lawyer can remain calm and detached during court sessions and remind clients of the importance of doing so, too.
In general, a lawyer is a plaintiff’s representative in court, providing counsel and guidance to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your claim.