How Will My Attorney Handle My Case?
Over the next couple of weeks our blog posts are going to tackle frequently asked questions regarding bodily injury cases, specifically automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, and motorcycle accidents. To start this series of blogs, I wanted to begin by explaining the process by which your attorney will handle your case from beginning to end. Please keep in mind that not every attorney does everything the exact same way, but generally this should help you to know what to expect. If throughout this series of articles, you have any questions you specifically want answered, feel free to contact us online or send a Facebook message.
The majority of personal injury attorney’s offer a free consultation to discuss your accident. This is fairly standard and will be further discussed in a later article. When you meet with an attorney, they will ask you a lengthy amount of questions regarding your accident, as well as personal questions that are, in fact, necessary for the attorney to delve into your case. You may wonder why so many questions, but the more information the attorney’s office can get right off the bat, the more prepared they will be to build your claim. Upon your visit, it is a good idea to have your police report, car insurance card, health insurance card, and any other pertinent information that could help your case, for example, pictures from the accident if available. If the attorney agrees to take your case and you, in turn, want to hire the attorney, you will sign an attorney/client agreement allowing the attorney to represent you regarding your accident. After signing the representation agreement, you will likely be asked to sign a few other documents, such as medical releases which allow the attorney to collect your medical records and build a case to help insure you are able to get the care required. During your initial consultation, be prepared to ask any questions. Most attorney’s will likely answer many of the questions you already had in mind prior to your visit, but be prepared so you know what the process entails.
After your initial consultation, the attorney will send a letter of representation to the at-fault party’s insurance company making them aware that you are being represented. Then the attorney’s office will start collecting medical records and check in with you, the client, to check your treatment status. Once treatment is completed, the attorney’s office will be able to collect all pertinent information to send to the at-fault party’s insurance adjuster to start the negotiation process on your behalf. Before sending a settlement demand package to the at-fault party’s adjuster, you and your attorney will look over all of the necessary documentation and you will sign off on the settlement demand before it is sent. This way the client, attorney, and adjuster all have the same information.
At this point, the attorney and adjuster will negotiate back and forth until a settlement the client is comfortable with has been reached. Out of the agreed upon settlement, necessary medical bills, expenses, and the attorney’s fee will be paid, and the rest will go to you for your recovery. This is a very general and simplified explanation of how your attorney will handle your case, but nonetheless the basic process.
Almost every day we get behind the wheel of our vehicles and never think “today I’ll be in an accident,” but according to the National Safety Council, 27,000 accidents occur each day in the United States. If you find yourself in an automobile collision and need legal assistance, never hesitate to call the Lariscy Law Firm. Attorney Joe Lariscy has been handling personal injury claims for over 30 years and always fights for the best outcome and settlement for his clients. For a free consultation, call (706)389-4375 or contact us online.