Personal Injury After an Accident: Finding a Good Lawyer

By David Thompson

Feb 01, 2022 10:28 AM EST

Personal Injury After an Accident: Finding a Good Lawyer(Hunters Race via Unsplash) (Credit: Getty Image)

Most accidents happen without notice. In many instances, there is no reason to pursue legal action. However, if an individual requires medical care due to someone else's negligence, a consultation with a personal injury lawyer can provide valuable information regarding an individual's rights. A severe injury may limit a person's ability to work, require ongoing treatment, and the damage may include the loss of personal property, as well. Finding an amicable settlement is necessary for moving forward, especially if an injury requires long-term care. Finding someone to take on the case is the first step towards receiving compensation.

Meeting with an attorney shouldn't be intimidating. Preparing ahead can make this task easier. Start by making a list of questions, beginning with finding out if there's a case worth pursuing. Provide the lawyer being considered with as much detail as possible about the accident that occurred. Most importantly, be honest and don't embellish the facts. Ask questions if anything that's said appears vague or if the spoken terminology is unfamiliar. For more information regarding what constitutes a legal case, please visit

How to Choose a Lawyer

Lawyers usually have a preferred area of specialization. For example, if an injury occurred in a motor vehicle accident, find an attorney who has experience with that. When a lawyer knows more about a particular area of specialization, it can provide a better case for the client. It may also have a considerable impact on a final settlement amount. During the question and answer phase, be sure to ask if the lawyer works on a contingency fee basis or if another form of payment is required. No one wants to deal with any unanticipated cost-related surprises. 

Preparing for Legal Action

One of the first things that a lawyer must determine is who was at fault in an accident. Gathering key evidence is crucial to any legal claim. A lawyer has a network of investigators who know how to find the missing pieces to put a solid personal injury case together. Depending on the type and severity of an individual's injuries, leaving this part to people who know the procedures and protocol to follow can help the proof of evidence move forward without putting any unnecessary burden on the family members and injured party.

Gathering Up the Evidence

When an individual sustains an injury in an accident, it's critical to gather as much evidence as possible. The evidence should include photos, medical records, witness statements, and bills for medical treatment. It should also include other material that is relevant to the case. Requests for medical records are often difficult to come by without knowing the proper channels to take. A good lawyer knows how to navigate the system to obtain the necessary documentation to proceed with a case. The evidence gathered can assist with determining who was at fault and if a legal claim has enough merit to move forward. 

File a Legal Claim Promptly

Personal injury cases are subject to the statute of limitation laws. When an individual incurs a severe injury due to someone else's negligence, an experienced attorney can provide the best means possible to negotiate a settlement. A settlement may include compensation for medical care and treatment, along with other expenses and any lost wages. It may also include the cost of damaged property, future loss of income, payment for ongoing medical treatment, and compensation for a permanent disability or limitation.

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