How to File a Personal Injury Claim
Quality Legal Counsel from an El Paso Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured because someone else acted irresponsibly, a personal
injury claim can help you recover your rightful compensation from the
liable party. Persons or companies often show an utter lack of regard
for community safety just to benefit themselves. These negligent individuals
need to be held accountable for their actions, beginning with your case!
The question that you are likely facing is, "Where do I start?"
If you are in need of compensation for physical or emotional damages,
an El Paso personal injury lawyer from Chavez Law Firm can provide the
quality counsel that you need in order to file a personal injury claim
and hold someone accountable for their negligence.
Step 1: Hire an Attorney
The law does not require you to hire a lawyer in order to file a claim for
personal injury. You stand a much higher chance of maximizing your compensation, however,
when you have an attorney by your side. Even after paying the attorney's
fee, clients of personal injury lawyers usually walk away with more money
in hand after their case is over than individuals who do not retain counsel.
Step 2: Investigate Your Case
Before filing your claim, you will need to do some informal investigation
to ensure that you have a case and that there is valid evidence to support
it. Our attorneys can help you gather evidence such as police reports,
witness statements, photographs, doctors' notes, medical evaluations,
and more. Such evidence can help establish liability and can prove the
full extent of your injuries and other damages.
Step 3: File a Lawsuit
Once you have evidence to back up your claim, you can file your lawsuit
against the negligent party. The court requires that you provide certain
forms and documents when you file, which is another reason why you can
benefit from the guidance of an attorney. Once you file your claim, the
defendant will be served a notice of the lawsuit and must provide an answer.
Step 4: Discovery
The legal process of discovery is a formal investigation of the case.
Each party will present their case and will ask and be asked questions
in order to move forward toward resolution. This process can also uncover
additional evidence to support your case.
Step 5: Negotiation & Settlement
Once the discovery process is complete, both parties can negotiate in
an effort to reach a fair settlement. Most cases end in settlement, since
it is more cost effective and efficient to avoid trial if it isn't
necessary. Settlement doesn't require a court case or any of the fees
or scheduling issues that are involved in trial cases.
Step 6: Trial
When a settlement cannot be agreed upon, trial becomes necessary. The
case will be brought before a judge and each party will argue their side.
Further questions will be asked in order for the judge to make a final
decision. With the counsel and representation of a quality attorney from
our firm, you can have confidence that your court case will have the best
possible chance to conclude successfully.
Contact a Lawyer from Chavez Law Firm
Get the counsel and guidance that you need when filing a personal injury
claim by retaining Chavez Law Firm. We are dedicated to furthering the
safety of our community. Our lawyers are also members of various legal
associations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates and the
American Association for Justice, which means that we pursue ongoing legal
education on laws and strategies for personal injury.
Contact us today for the excellent counsel and representation that you need!