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Personal Injury Claims: a Step by Step Guide for Clients

As you know, navigating the aftermath of an accident can be a daunting experience for our clients. As attorneys, our goal is to ensure that our clients understand everything that we do for them and how the process works. Hopefully, you will find this guide summarizing the steps involved in a personal injury claim helpful to share with your clients and those that you refer to us.


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Step 1: Seek Medical Attention

Your health and well-being are the top priority. If you’ve been injured, seek medical attention immediately, even if you think your injuries are minor. Not only is this crucial for your recovery, but it also creates a record of your injuries, which is essential for your claim.


Step 2: Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

Once your immediate medical needs are addressed, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. In Alabama, personal injury law can be complex, and having an attorney by your side ensures your rights are protected. During your initial consultation, you should be prepared to discuss the details of your case, potential legal strategies, and what you can expect moving forward.


Step 3: Investigation and Evidence Collection

A thorough investigation is key to building a strong case. This involves:

  • Gathering Evidence: Collecting police reports, medical records, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene.

  • Assessing Liability: Determining who is at fault for the accident.

  • Documenting Damages: Recording all related expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other costs associated with your injury.


Step 4: Filing the Claim

After collecting all necessary information, we will file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. This claim outlines the extent of your injuries, the damages incurred, and the compensation you are seeking. It gives the insurance company the opportunity to settle before trial.


Step 5: Negotiation

Insurance companies often try to settle claims quickly and for the least amount possible. We will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive fair compensation. This process involves:

  • Presenting Evidence: Demonstrating the strength of your case to the insurance adjuster.

  • Countering Offers: Responding to low settlement offers with justifiable demands based on the evidence and the impact of your injuries. Negotiations often continue even after the lawsuit is filed.


Step 6: Settlement or Litigation

Most personal injury claims are settled out of court. If we reach a fair settlement, you will receive compensation without the need for a trial. However, if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will prepare to take your case to court.  Litigation involves:

  • Filing a Lawsuit: Officially bringing your case to court. This must be done before the statute of limitations expires.

  • Discovery Phase: Both sides exchange evidence and information.

  • Trial: Presenting your case to a judge or jury who will determine the outcome.


Step 7: Receiving Compensation

If we settle your case or win at trial (and any subsequent appeal), you will receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. This compensation aims to cover:

  • Medical Expenses: Both current and future medical costs.

  • Lost Wages: Income lost due to your inability to work.

  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for physical pain and emotional distress.

  • Property Damage: Costs to repair or replace damaged property.


We handle these matters on a contingent fee so we are not paid unless there is a recovery. Once there is a recovery, we receive the agreed percentage of your recovery.


Understanding the personal injury claim process is essential for achieving the best possible outcome. At Jinks Crow, we are committed to guiding our clients (and thoswe we share with you) through each step, ensuring their rights are protected, and striving for the compensation they deserve. Please let us know if you have a case that we can help you with. We are only a phone call away.


 

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