What Can an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Do for You?
What to expect from your personal injury attorney
Personal injury claims involve several areas of the law that are complicated and often changing. These hurdles can make it extremely difficult to navigate a claim without representation. An experienced personal injury attorney will be knowledgeable of developments in the law that will affect your case. At Anzellotti, Sperling, Pazol & Small, we will take these developments into account and our legal team will perform all necessary tasks to thoroughly evaluate your case. As part of this process, we will:
- Interview you
- Educate you about your personal injury claim
- Contact the insurance company to notify them of your claim
- Gather documentary evidence, including police reports, scene photographs, medical records and bills
- Analyze your insurance policy to determine your benefits, etc.
- Analyze your insurance coverage and make suggestions as to what coverage should be purchased for future protection
- Interview witnesses
- Analyze legal issues
- Talk to your doctors, review your medical records or obtain written medical reports to fully understand your injuries
- Analyze what entities may be legally entitled to be paid out of your settlement or verdict. For example, doctors, insurance companies, welfare benefit plans and employers may claim this right
- Attempt to negotiate the case and file a lawsuit if negotiations fail
- Prepare all witnesses for depositions
- Conduct discovery in your lawsuit
- Set mediation and trial dates with the court as soon as possible
- Prepare for mediation or trial if mediation fails
- File legal briefs and motions with the court as needed
- Take the case to trial
- Analyze the verdict to determine whether to appeal
- File an appeal, if necessary
Understand the Goal of Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Our goal is to make sure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries. While most cases get settled without a trial, having an experienced personal injury attorney who understands all the requirements to properly prepare the case for trial enhances the value of your claim. Insurance companies are more likely to offer a fair settlement to a claimant whose attorney is properly prepared to try the case, if necessary. According to the Insurance Council Research study, accident victims who retain the services of an attorney received on average three and one-half times more for their settlement than those who did not retain the services of an attorney.