Tennessee Personal Injury Attorney
01 June 2017IN: Personal Injury
Make sure you have an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate the complex legal path
The facts, circumstances, and results from every accident are different. Because of this, no two personal injury cases are the same. The path to resolving a claim can be long and complicated. To help navigate this and make sure your rights are always represented, if you have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Murfreesboro personal injury attorney David Scott has been helping the injured in Murfreesboro and throughout Tennessee for more than 19 years. He rigorously fights for you and your rights to just compensation. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, you will find trusted legal counsel and an advocate for your best interests.
What are the stages of a personal injury case?
No two personal injury cases are the same. That being said, there is a certain trajectory personal injury cases take, with some variations along the way. All personal injury cases start with an injury. You could have been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, or some other way, but, if it was due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. After an accident, you should do the following as soon as possible:
- Seek medical treatment
- Make sure an accident report is created
- Notify insurance companies of your claim
- Contact a qualified personal injury attorney
An insurance company may try to make you a settlement offer as soon as they hear of your claim. Proceed with extreme caution with regard to accepting any settlement offers. More often than not, these initial offers will completely undervalue your claim. Once you accept the settlement offer, that’s it. You may still choose to accept the offer. You may also choose to reject their offer and make a counter-offer above their initial offer in an attempt to negotiate a higher amount. The insurance company may also completely reject the validity of your claim and make no offer whatsoever.
Once you retain our Murfreesboro personal injury attorney, we immediately begin reviewing your case, medical records, accident reports, and any other evidence related to your claim. We calculate damage amounts and pinpoint any potential liability issues. Any insurance companies and parties involved in your claim will be notified that you have retained legal counsel.
The next thing to happen will most likely be a demand letter sent to the insurance company stating the amount you would accept to settle your claim based on the losses you have incurred. The letter outlines your specific losses while making reference to the extent and nature of your injuries and any costs you have incurred as a result of the accident and your resulting injuries. The insurance company may accept the demand letter’s settlement offer or reject it completely. The insurance company may also, as it happens in most cases, counter with a lesser amount.
If negotiations fail to bring both parties to a mutually acceptable settlement offer, you might have a private mediation session to help things along. If something like this does not work, the case will most likely go to trial. A jury will decide who wins and how much any monetary award should be. A judge may exercise judicial discretion by overruling the jury and choose to rule in favor of the other party or maybe even reduce the damage award amount. Either party may appeal the outcome of the case.
Personal injury cases are legally complex and have important consequences for your financial future. Contact us today to make sure you get the monetary compensation you deserve.