The personal injury claims process can be confusing and daunting. There are many rules and some very important deadlines associated with personal injury lawsuits. Failure to abide by the rules or meet a deadline can be very damaging to or even bar your rights to compensation completely.
It is extremely important to understand the process from beginning to end. This will insure that your rights to full and fair compensation are fully protected.
In cases involving serious personal injuries or wrongful death, it is very important to have the guidance of an attorney experienced in personal injury law matters.
The Albuquerque personal injury attorneys at Collins & Collins, P.C. can help. Contact us online or give us a call at (505) 242-5958.
Different Types of Personal Injury Claims Involve Different Processes
We have attempted to address some of the most common issues regarding personal injury process and procedure in this section. However, each type of personal injury claim will have unique processes, procedure and other requirements.
As such, it is important to understand the processes generally but equally important to understand the specifics of your particular claim. For instance, the processes for an auto accident can be very different in many respects from a medical malpractice claim. Likewise, claims against the government can be different in very critical respects than those in a case against a private party.
Important Steps May Vary According to the Type of Claim
There are many early steps that should be taken in a personal injury case. Many of these steps are common to all personal injury matters. Others will depend on the kind of case that is involved.
Again, by way of example, the steps taken in an auto accident will differ from the steps and requirements in a medical malpractice claim. It is very important that these steps are taken to protect your rights. Failure to take the appropriate steps can seriously jeopardize your claims.
For example, among the most important early steps is to determine who is responsible for your injuries. This sounds simple enough but it is not always that simple. Challenges here come up frequently in medical malpractice, work injuries and products liability cases. However, they can even come up in auto accidents.
The reason this determination is important is because the identify of the responsible party will often determine what deadlines, statutes of limitations and filing requirements are involved. These issues, deadlines and other requirements will in large part dictate the early processes of your personal injury claim.
Preparing for Settlement or Trial
Once these matters have been addressed, personal injury cases will proceed toward settlement or trial. There are many steps along the way. These processes are important for you to understand so that you will know what to expect as your claim proceeds.
As the case proceeds toward settlement or trial, there are many issues that will come up. These include a host of matters important to you such as getting medical treatment, determining your injuries, calculating your lost wages and other income, and dealing with insurance and hospital liens to name just a few.
If your case is in litigation, there are many more issues, processes and procedure that will come up. Each of these will probably be new to you if you have never been involved in a lawsuit before. Even if you have been involved in a lawsuit in the past, these issues many still be new and sometimes intimidating. Again, an experienced attorney can both guide you and prepare you for what is to come.
No Substitute for the Guidance of an Experienced Attorney
As you prepare to move forward with a personal injury claim, the information provided here is meant to help you to understand what lies ahead in your personal injury case. However, these pages are meant only to inform and not to guide.
Because of the complexity of personal injury law, it is critical that you seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. Moreover, you should do this as early as possible. As stated, there are important early steps to take along with potential early deadlines.
Failure to take required steps or to meet a deadline can be extremely detrimental to your rights.