Ready to File an Injury Claim? Take These 4 Steps

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are ready to file an injury claim to start this important process, you need to make sure you are covering all your bases. This means following the right steps to ensure you don’t run into any problems or delays while also helping you to craft the strongest case possible. The following steps will help you get your injury claim started properly.

1. Gather Evidence

Gathering evidence is something that you should start doing as soon as possible after the event takes place. This can include taking pictures of an accident scene, asking for the names and numbers of everyone involved (including witnesses), getting medical records, and more. As your case progresses, you may have to continue to gather evidence as it becomes available.

2. Analyze Fault

One of the most important steps in an injury claim is determining who was at fault for your injuries. There can be more than one party that was at fault for an injury. For example, if you were in a car accident because another party was driving drunk, they may be seen to be at fault. Additionally, the bar that served them well-past the point of severe intoxication could also be partially at fault. Looking at every possible responsible party will help to ensure you know all your options.

3. Craft Your Compensation Request

Part of the lawsuit will be making a compensation request. This is simply the amount of money you feel you are entitled to because of the injuries that occurred. You need to make a reasonable request that can be approved by the courts. During this process you will need to look at things like your medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, any losses experienced by your loved ones due to your injury, and much more.

4. Filing Your Claim

Once you are ready, it is time to file your claim with the courts. This is when you will make the official court filing where you will ask for a hearing in your case. The courts will assign a court date when you will need to show up and have your case presented. Prior to your court date, you may be able to settle the case by coming to an out-of-court agreement with the other party or parties.

Never Face an Injury Claim Alone

Personal injury claims can be extraordinarily complex and require an experienced attorney to handle properly. Our team has been working on personal injury lawsuits for years, and we would be honored to put that experience to work for you. Please contact John M. Totten, P.C. to schedule a consultation and get this important process started right away.

Written by John M. Totten

John M. Totten

John's office is in Athens, Alabama, where he has helped thousands of people in North Alabama with everything from family law issues, to catastrophic injury and death cases, to criminal defense.