When you've been injured due to someone's negligence, it can create a multitude of hardships in your life and
However, getting a financial settlement is not going to happen overnight.
Although personal injury lawsuits do not generally require a trial, the process of getting an amount of compensation that is fair to you can be a drawn-out process. (Read more about how long personal injury cases take.)
The insurance company of the at-fault party is going to fight you every step of the way, and your attorney will need to do their due diligence to ensure a successful outcome.
Throughout the process of getting your financial settlement after becoming injured, there may be periods of time that you do not hear from your attorney.
Although this can be unnerving, it is a normal part of the legal process.
Remember, your attorney's job is not to get you the fastest settlement, it is to get the fairest settlement. And this can take a lot of time and work.
Every case is unique, but the legal process that your personal injury attorney must go through is usually the same. Let's take an in-depth look at this process so that you can better understand what is going on with your case.
What is my Attorney Doing?
During a personal injury lawsuit, there are many different stages that must be completed before you can receive compensation for your injuries, beginning with evidence gathering.
After the accident, your attorney must gather as much evidence and information as possible so that they can draft a demand letter and file a lawsuit.
Types of evidence and information your attorney will collect:
- Police Report
- Insurance policy information from you and the other parties involved
- Pictures or videos of the incident
- Medical Records
- Witness Statements
- Expert Opinions/testimony
Although gathering evidence can take a lot of time, it is vital in providing your attorney with the resources to prove fault and ensure you receive a fair settlement offer.
What Type of Communication Should You Expect from your Attorney?
Often in personal injury cases, your attorney will have to request records from other third parties, which can slow down the process and put your case on hold.
When this occurs, your attorney will most likely not have anything new to report on your case, and thus may wait to contact you until they have news.
Although there may be situations when you do not hear anything from your attorney over an extended period of time, your law firm should maintain an open line of communication with you.
If you are worried about the status of your case, use one of the open lines of communication available to you so that you can speak with your attorney.
Attorneys are bound by a code of legal ethics that they are expected to follow regardless of the client or case. A part of this code of ethics involves active communication with clients in regards to their case.
The communication channels that you can use to contact your attorney include:
- Calling the Law Firm and asking to speak with your attorney or case manager.
- Writing a letter requesting contact
- Schedule an appointment
- Send an email to your attorney and case manager
What if my Attorney Won't Return My Messages?
If you have not heard from your attorney in an extended period of time, even after attempting to contact them yourself, you may be in a situation where you should look for a new attorney.
Any reputable law firm values their clients and is willing to maintain an open line of communication with them.
Although there may be times that you do not hear from them for an extended period, if they do not respond to messages or a written request for a meeting, that is a red flag.
Remember, you have no legal obligation to maintain your current legal representation. It is your decision who represents you and fights for your compensation.
Every Personal Injury Case is unique and comes with its own challenges. A good personal injury attorney understands the complexities of the legal process and does their due diligence to ensure they get adequate financial compensation for their client.
However, the legal process takes time and courts are usually very backed up. So if it's been a few weeks or even months since you have heard from your attorney, don't panic.
Most likely your attorney is simply waiting for notification or paperwork from one of the parties involved and will contact you once they have an update.
Your attorney wants to resolve your case as quickly as possible, but not at the risk of jeopardizing a fair settlement.
If you still feel uneasy about the status of your case, feel free to reach out to your attorney and ask if they can further explain the process and update you on your case.
The best way to make sure you are at ease throughout the length of your personal injury case is by hiring an attorney whom with you are comfortable.
If you have been injured and would like to speak with a personal injury in your area, contact The Brown Firm and schedule a Free Case Evaluation today.
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