If you are considering seeking monetary compensation for your damages following an accident that resulted in your injury, consider working with an experienced personal injury lawyer to complete this process. Although you are not required to work with a lawyer to pursue a personal injury claim, doing so can give your case a better chance of reaching a favorable settlement for you.
A Lawyer has Experience Working with the Paperwork Involved in a Personal Injury Claim
There is a lot of paperwork involved in a personal injury claim. Aside from the actual filing of the claim, your claim may involve the following documents:
- Written requests for testimonies;
- Correspondences with other parties involved in the claim and your correspondence with the insurance adjuster assigned to your case;
- Evidence to support your claim for compensation such as photographs of the accident, a copy of your medical record, your pay stubs, the official police report for the accident, and contact information for any witnesses to the accident; and
- Notes regarding the accident, your injury, the claim, and your interactions with other involved parties.
Your lawyer can keep this paperwork organized and determine which documents are necessary to include in your case’s file. He or she might draw upon his or her own professional network to seek an expert testimony from a doctor, an accident reconstruction specialist, or another professional like a mechanic who can speak with authority about an aspect of your claim.
Your Lawyer can Protect your Claim
There are many ways a claimant can inadvertently harm his or her claim. One of these is to make a statement to an insurance provider admitting his or her fault for the accident. It does not matter whether you are speaking with your own insurance provider or that of another party – do not make a statement admitting fault. In fact, do not make any statements to an insurance provider without first consulting with your lawyer. In fact, your lawyer can negotiate with the insurance provider on your behalf.
Another way your lawyer can ensure that your claim does not become invalid is to make sure it is filed within the appropriate statute of limitations for your claim type. In New York, most personal injury claims are bound to a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the accident. But certain types of claim, such as medical malpractice claims and claims made for injuries sustained before the victim’s 18th birthday, are bound to other filing deadlines.
Work with an Experienced New York Personal Injury Law Firm
If you are suffering from any type of injury sustained in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, consider working with a member of our team at Grant & Longworth, Attorneys at Law to pursue your claim. Contact our office today to schedule your initial legal consultation with one of the personal injury attorneys at our firm.