What Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Do For My Case
A DC injury lawyer is entrusted with the person’s case to do what is necessary to get the best results in recovery possible. From the inception of the case, the lawyer finds out all the information from the client and from other investigative resources, such as if there’s a police report or whether there are witnesses. An investigator can be sent out to interview witnesses, take pictures, and otherwise obtain the background information necessary to know everything that there is to know about the incident.
Once that information is gathered, it is used to evaluate the merits of the case to determine whether liability can be established. The same is true for damages. Typically we’re dealing with injury cases and so the medical information has to be gathered and evaluated.
The medical providers of the client have to be communicated with regarding their treatment of the injury, and that information also has to be put together and evaluated in terms of what has to be proven for purposes of the case.
If the injury has affected the client’s employment, the necessary information again needs to be gathered in order to find out what losses there have been and how they can be substantiated.
Putting Together a Personal Injury Case
And then just putting the case together because in any kind of personal injury case, be it an auto accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, you have to establish essentially three things: liability, damages, and causation. Liability is proving someone else was at fault, damages are the injuries sustained, and causation is the link between the two. There is a lot of legwork initially to be done to evaluate all of that information in order to make sure that everything that needs to be established can be proven.
Then, once all of that information is gathered and treatment is completed, the attorney puts together a letter demanding a settlement to the insurance company by laying out the theory of liability, the damages sustained by the client, and the causation link between the two. Then the attorney negotiates with the defendant, usually an insurance company, to arrive at an agreement. If it doesn’t settle, the next step is to evaluate the case for purposes of filing suit in court and moving forward to prove the claim.