Injuries happen. When someone has been harmed due to the negligence of another then compensation to the victim is the basis for a personal injury claim. However, the amount of compensation can vary greatly depending on the particular circumstances of the case. A personal injury claim may request payment for the following: lost income, medical bills, and emotional and/or property damages, among others. Below are steps to take when filing for a personal injury claim.
Document the Accident or Incident
If you can, you need to document how the accident happened and what circumstances may have contributed to the incident. Taking detailed pictures or recording video evidence will often improve the chances of success in a lawsuit. Be sure to keep copies of any and all medical records including those during the rehabilitation period.
Find a Lawyer to Represent You
You should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Personal injury claims are a complicated legal matter and it is best to have an experienced attorney to advice you long before you file a complaint and proceed to court.
File a Letter of Claim
A letter of claim must be submitted to the other party detailing the events and circumstances surrounding an accident and explaining why they are responsible for damages. It will also include the amount of the damages, medical records, and other things of legal interest.
Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Negotiating a fair amount will often lead to lengthy discussions with the negligent party, their attorney or their insurance company. If a fair settlement is not reached, your personal injury lawyer will often suggest to take your claim to court.