What to Expect When Pursuing an Injury Claim

What to Expect When Pursuing an Injury Claim

If you’ve been injured by the negligence of another individual, you deserve to take action – but what does that action look like? Knowing what lies between you and the compensation that you need to recover is essential to ensuring that you can get through it quickly and stress-free. Most importantly, hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference. The Atlanta injury lawyers at Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. know what it takes to pursue claims with efficiency and effectiveness.

The Claims Process

The Consultation – The first step in any personal injury case is meeting with your attorney for an initial evaluation of your case. Your lawyer will provide you with the guidance that you need to move forward. During a consultation, topics will be discussed regarding your medical care and insurance coverage, as well as whether or not you have spoken to anyone about the incident. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss your legal options and begin to plan out the next steps toward a resolution. At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., this consultation is free of charge.
Filing the Papers – Generally, paperwork is neither fun, nor simple. With the right lawyer, you can eliminate most of the pain of filing papers, as he or she can walk you through the process. In personal injury claims, the most important document is the initial complaint, or petition, that is intended to outline your claim and provide relevant facts. You must also file a summons to be served to the defendant to notify him or her of the suit. There are a number of additional documents that can be filed thereafter to modify, challenge, or counter the initial claim.
The Discovery Period – Before the case can proceed, both parties are allotted time to investigate the claim, through what is known as discovery. This is the period of time in which all facts are disclosed. Your lawyer can submit interrogatories to request answers to pertinent questions that you have for the defendant. Additionally, you can request that the defendant provide important documents, and third parties can be questioned. It is important to note that you are also legally obligated to respond to any interrogatories and document requests from the defendant. This is often the most frustrating period of time for clients as it can be lengthy, invasive, and costly.
Pretrial ResolutionsNot all cases go to trial. In some circumstances, your attorney may be able to resolve the case before a trial becomes necessary. For example, there are a series of motions that may be filed if the defendant is not compliant, or if he or she is unable to provide evidence that disputes key facts. Furthermore, some cases can be negotiated toward a settlement. This typically results when the defendant and their team know that your case is strong and accepts that they will ultimately have to compensate you. It is important in these cases to be aware of potential low-ball settlement offers.
The Trial – Should your case go to trial, it will likely not resemble an episode of your favorite legal TV show, but it will contain the essential factors. Both counselors will present opening statements, all witnesses will testify and be cross-examined, closing arguments will be made, the jury will deliberate, and the judge will present a verdict. The quality of your attorney and the strength of your case will be directly tested during this process, so it is important to have a team of experienced, competent, and effective legal professionals in your corner.

What’s next?

Now that your case has been decided, either through a motion, a settlement, or a verdict, the recovery period can begin. Collecting the money that you are owed is not always easy and may require additional steps. Furthermore, the defendant may choose to appeal the decision which can further drag out the process. However, the right lawyer can help ensure that the final decision is in your favor and can help you file motions for discovery to uncover the defendant’s income and assets to ensure that you receive what you are owed.

At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. we are dedicated to helping clients recover from injuries caused by the negligence of others. We want to help you stay informed throughout the case to mitigate your stress and expedite the process. For more information about how we can help you, visit our personal injury information center.

Ready to get started? All it takes is a phone call.


Contact Us Today

Your Recovery Starts with a Free Consultation
    • Please enter your name.
    • Please enter your name.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.