You need to know what to do and how to handle your personal injury accident and claim from start to finish. Each case is unique but certain things are necessary to protect your legal rights:
Immediately After Your Personal Injury Accident
Get the emergency and follow-up medical care that you need, being sure to keep all medical appointments that are recommended. Promptly and completely documenting your injuries is essential.
Gather and Save the Evidence
Take photos of the accident scene or get a friend or loved one to do so if you are unable. Accident scenes can change very quickly, which prevents useful investigation. Gather names and contact information for everyone who may be a witness, even if you are unsure. If there’s a way to make an accident report through an employer or a business and you’re able to do so, complete the report as soon as you can.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer - As Soon As Possible
Locate and hire a Wyoming personal injury attorney. Not all lawyers are personal injury lawyer and you should ask about a lawyer’s experience before making a decision. The sooner you have an attorney working for you, the sooner an investigation can be conducted and evidence preserved, and the sooner a lawyer can protect your rights and advocate on your behalf.
Help Your Lawyer Help You
Once immediate problems are addressed, your Wyoming personal injury lawyer can start to work on strategy and build the evidence in your case. That means discussing with you in detail to explore the types of damages that you may include in your claim. It means getting to the bottom of what your injuries are and what your long-term prognosis is. This investigation can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and it’s critical to ensuring that you have an accurate value for your claim. Make sure that you promptly respond to your lawyer’s calls and requests for information.
Your Lawyer May Work Toward a Settlement Before Filing Suit
Not all, but some, cases can be settled before suit is filed. Tough negotiations handled on your behalf by an experienced trial attorney may be successful in helping you get the result that you deserve quickly. Also, an experienced attorney can help you decide whether an insurance company’s offer is fair.
Filing a Lawsuit
Every document filed with the court is important to your case. Choosing the right court in which to sue, and drafting and filing a new case can happen quickly, but it may take time. These are critical steps. After your complaint is filed and served, the defendant will have several weeks to file answer your complaint.
Conducting Discovery and Building Your Case
After both parties state their side of the case, your lawyer will build the evidence. This is done through gathering documents and getting testimony from everyone involved. Usually, the schedule for this part of your case is set by a judge. It may take anywhere from six months to a year for discovery and building your case.
Settlement Before Trial
Once both sides prepare their cases, the disputed facts are usually clear. That can help the parties negotiate a resolution. The court may order the parties to attend a settlement conference with a trained mediator. Your attorney can help to make these resolution attempts as productive as possible.
If your case cannot be settled before trial, the Court will set a trial date according to its own schedule.. Your experienced accident attorney can help ensure that there are no issues that could potentially delay your trial date.
Robert P. Schuster, P.C. is ready to help you through the personal injury process. From conducting an investigation to taking your case to trial, you’ll have the experience and knowledge of Bob Schuster and his expert team behind you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury claim in Wyoming.