If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, there are quite a few things you will have to deal in the days, weeks, and months to come. To begin, you’ll be receiving medical help, healing, and trying to determine what will happen next. These challenges would already be difficult if you were in perfect health, but adding an injury to the process can be overwhelming and leave victims wondering who to turn to for help. Amidst all of the chaos of an injury’s aftermath, receiving legal advice as soon as possible is vital and can be the difference between a successful and failing injury claim.
After you’ve dealt with the injury and its immediate aftermath, you will have to find an attorney. A qualified attorney, like those at JD Haas, can work with you to explain your situation and the best steps forward. To begin with, your attorney will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your accident, how much your case might be worth, and who might be liable.
This initial report is essential because not only do you need all available evidence and information to be collected but you need to know what type of claim to file. There are many different types of personal injury claims that vary depending on what happened and who can be held liable.
In Minnesota, however, some damages will be covered by your insurance company as mandated by law as Minnesota currently has a modified no-fault insurance law in effect.
An investigation into your case will involve an examination of any and all documentation related to the accident such as police reports and witness statements. Further interviews will be conducted with witnesses and experts, and your medical records will be looked over as well to gauge the extent of the injuries and the medical opinions on them.
After an examination of the facts, your attorney will consider settlement negotiations. An overwhelming majority of personal injury suits are settled out of court. A settlement is preferable by both parties as it saves the time and hassle of a court trial, and it also gets victims the compensation they need right away rather than waiting for jury or judge verdicts.
Discovery and Trial
If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to discovery, alternative dispute resolution, and then, finally, to trial. During discovery, both sides present their evidence to see if an agreement can be made. Alternative dispute resolution allows one final attempt at settlement outside of a legal, court setting. In the last stage, a trial involves either a judge or a jury deciding the outcome of the case in light of arguments and evidence presented by both the defense and prosecution. This final step is not often reached, but it can be a vital and crucial step in particularly difficult cases.
Contact Our Minnesota Personal Injury Lawyers
At JD Haas and Associates, our Minnesota personal injury lawyers have years of experience getting people the compensation they need to move forward in their lives following an injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.