People who are injured in preventable accidents can often recover compensation, but they need to go through an often complicated process to do so. Below we discuss four of the most important steps in the personal injury process.
Identifying Potentially Liable Parties
First, you must identify the party or parties who may be liable for your losses. For example, in a car accident, it would typically be another driver. In a slip and fall accident, it may be the owner of the property where you fell.
Evaluating Your Losses
Next, you need to identify your accident-related damages. These losses can include medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Filing Your Claim
Once you have determined who may be liable for your accident and the losses you are claiming, you can file a claim with the appropriate insurance company (provided the at-fault party is insured). Your claim should indicate clearly how much compensation you are requesting.
Attempting to Negotiate a Settlement
Finally, once the insurance company has reviewed your claim and accepted liability, it is time to attempt to negotiate a settlement. If you cannot reach a settlement agreement, you will need to pursue the matter in court.
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If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. At Krause & Kinsman, we know how to get our clients the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free case evaluation with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer, call our office today or contact us online.
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Will my case go to trial?
While there is always a chance that your case will go to trial, most cases settle.
Can I afford a personal injury attorney?
Yes. Since we take all our personal injury cases on contingency, you never have to pay anything up-front for legal help. In addition, we will only collect legal fees if we win your case.
How much is my case worth?
The value of your case depends on a number of factors, including the nature of your injuries and your prognosis.