Your injury has caused you to suffer. You’re in physical pain; you’re probably stressing about medical expenses and the fact that you’re missing work; and you may be going through your options for getting the money you need to support yourself while recovering from your injuries.
You may be wondering whether filing a lawsuit is a good option to get the compensation you need, but you may not know how to go about it. To help you, the Detroit injury attorneys at our firm have outlined the steps to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Michigan.
Investigate the Cause of Your Accident
One of the most crucial steps when filing a personal injury lawsuit is to determine what caused your accident. You will need to gather the evidence to prove that someone else caused your accident and that negligence played a part.
This step is tough to do on your own, but your attorney can help you collect police reports, witness statements, video evidence, and more in an effort to prove your case.
Document Your Physical Injuries
You must keep careful and thorough records of your injuries and prove that the accident is what caused them. Your doctor and lawyer can assist you with this step.
Negotiate with the Other Side
Before filing an injury lawsuit, your lawyer may advise you to file a claim with any involved insurance companies, asking them to compensate you for your losses. This step can be tricky because you may not know what a fair settlement will look like. Fortunately, your personal injury attorney can negotiate for you to get the best outcome possible.
File a Lawsuit or Receive a Settlement
If you’re happy with the settlement the insurance company is offering, and you believe it will cover all your losses, including future losses, then you can accept the offer and collect your money.
If you don’t believe the insurance company is being fair, or if the insurer simply denies your claim altogether, you will then need to file a personal injury lawsuit and go to court if you want to obtain fair compensation.
Attend Court and Prove Your Case
Filing the paperwork in court will lead you to court hearings where you (or your attorney) will present evidence proving your accident was caused by another and demonstrating the extent of your injuries. If you win your case, the court will award you compensation for your damages, both economic and non-economic.
Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer
Now you know the steps to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Michigan. Unfortunately, many of these steps are too difficult for a seriously injured person to attempt on his or her own.
A personal injury lawyer from Christensen Law can help you with all of these steps. Then, you can feel confident that you’ll get the compensation you need to move past this accident and get on with your life. Call 248-900-9000 or complete the website contact form below to schedule your free case review.