The U.S. Department of Justice provides the following data: in the United States, about 400,000 personal injury claims are filed each year. These claims include those following motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, preventable deaths and exposure to medical substances and defective products, among others.
Of the total of all these cases, according to the department’s data, only 4% ultimately go to trial, and although at first glance, this figure may seem sadly low, the reality is that this small number of cases that end up going to trial is a very positive result, as it means that the majority of claims were resolved with settlements that did not require a lengthy process.
In order to shorten the process as much as possible and avoid future court proceedings, many citizens decide to immediately put the case in the hands of personal injury lawyers. This action has many advantages such as:
Security in filing a claim.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to carefully study the details of your case and consider whether a claim can be made or whether it is not appropriate. In this way, we will start saving time, since in case we cannot receive compensation, we will save all the time we have to spend until we can tie up all the loose ends to start the claim.
If a claim can be filed, the responsible party can be determined.
This work will also be carried out by the lawyer and will make it possible to know to whom the claim should be addressed. Many people who decide to make a claim on their own end up addressing it to the wrong institution, in which case the process has to be started again from scratch. Among the possible addressees of the claim, the following options should normally be considered: insurers, responsible persons and companies in the event of an accident at work.
Inform us about all the necessary documentation we need to provide and the type of compensation we are entitled to.
This is where the bulk of the lawyer’s work is concentrated. When making the claim it is necessary to take into account each of the factors that can make the future compensation as beneficial as possible, for this reason it is important to know all the documents that we must present, which may include medical bills, insurance papers, employment contracts and statements about the circumstances of the accident.
Linking all the variables present in the incident, with the possibility that these are susceptible to compensation is also part of the lawyer’s work and undoubtedly, it is the one that will bring us the greatest benefits.
As we can see, there are compelling reasons to enlist the help of a specialist lawyer when making a personal injury claim. As injured parties, we also have the opportunity to find lawyers who are experts in the specific subject matter of our accident, who, after the experience acquired in similar cases, will know how to help us whatever the circumstances may be.