For many people who have suffered an injury and considering pursuing legal action, it may be their first time ever thinking about filing a lawsuit. When someone has never hired an attorney or filed a claim before, the entire process may seem complicated and expensive. However, after you realize that the person responsible for your injuries is not going to adequately compensate you for the costs you have incurred, you may have to turn to the legal system to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.
In most cases, immediately after you speak to an attorney you will start to feel better about having someone on your side to fight for your rights. They will be able to explain the process of seeking compensation for your injuries, evaluate your claim, and take on the insurance companies so you don't have to. In some cases, you won't even have to file a lawsuit. Hiring a lawyer is not the same thing as filing a lawsuit. It can be helpful to understand the difference and what it may mean for your personal injury claim.
Hiring a Lawyer
Before you worry about the costs of hiring a lawyer, you may have the option to get an experienced personal injury attorney at no upfront costs to you. You may even be able to start with a free consultation. During the consultation, the attorney may be able to offer you a contingent fee agreement. Your attorney may take your case without you having to pay a penny unless they win your case. This helps to make sure you have access to experienced legal representation no matter how much money you have.
Hiring a lawyer does not immediately result in a lawsuit. In some cases, you may get the compensation you are looking for without ever having to deal with the legal system. This is because your attorney works as an advocate on your behalf. One of the first things your personal injury attorney may do is talk to the individuals who caused your injuries, their attorneys, and the insurance companies. This is to put them on notice that they may be liable for your injuries, and make sure they take your claim seriously.
Your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement offer that fairly compensates you for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, and any other financial losses that resulted from the injuries. Your attorney will present you with any settlement offers, discuss the offer with you, and let you make the decision of whether or not you want to accept the settlement. If you decide to accept the offer, you won't even have to deal with the courts.
However, if the other parties do not offer you a fair deal, then you and your attorney may decide to take your claim to court.
Filing a Lawsuit
Filing a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary in some cases to make sure that the person responsible for your injuries is held accountable under the law. The defendants cannot just ignore a court order or a judgment against them to pay you for your injuries. Sometimes filing a lawsuit is necessary to make sure the other parties take your claim seriously. Filing a lawsuit may also make the defendants more willing to offer you a fair settlement, so they can avoid a costly lawsuit.
Unfortunately, personal injury lawsuits are not as quick and easy as they may seem on TV. If a personal injury lawsuit goes all the way through to a trial, it may take months or even years to get to that point. The good news is that most personal injury lawsuits settle before they ever make it to trial. At any point within the court process your attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement that meets your satisfaction, so you can be compensated for your injuries, and get back to a normal life.
Even if the case does go to trial, your personal injury attorney will be there all along the way to represent your interests, and make sure you get the just treatment you deserve. As soon as they file the initial legal complaint, they will advocate on your behalf. This will continue all the way through a jury trial, to fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Hiring a Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured, the law firm of Gilman & Bedigian may be able to help. It is never easy dealing with the cost of medical care, lost wages, and the stress of fighting with the insurance company. This is why you should talk to a lawyer about taking on your case so you can focus on recovery. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Philadelphia. We will fight for your rights to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.