A personal injury claim can arise when a person is hurt and it is someone else’s fault. Personal injury claims commonly arise from incidents involving car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and dangerous or defective products, as well as premises liability claims such as slip and fall, trip and fall, and other injuries that occur on someone else’s property.
The specifics of presenting a personal injury claim will vary depending on the nature of your injuries and how they were caused, but common steps apply across most claims. Regardless of the nature of your injuries and how they happened, the personal injury attorneys at Robenalt Law can explain the claims process, offer advice, and maximize your compensation after an accident.
Seek Medical Treatment
The first step after any personal injury is to seek medical treatment. Even if you think your injuries were minor, you should have them checked by a doctor. In most cases, this means a visit to the emergency room.
Promptly seeking medical treatment is not only important for your health; it is also critical for successfully presenting a claim. If you don’t see a doctor soon after your injuries, the insurance adjuster will argue that your injuries were not very serious.
Even in cases involving medical malpractice or nursing home negligence, where a medical provider caused your injuries, the follow-up care you received will be necessary to prove the nature, extent, and cause of your injuries.
Consult with a Lawyer
Once your medical condition has stabilized, you should contact the personal injury lawyers at Robenalt Law. We will listen carefully as you describe the circumstances that caused your injury, and we will design a plan to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
We will ask questions during your initial consultation to better understand the accident and your injuries, as well as what your life was like before the accident and how the accident has changed it.
Notifying the Insurance Company
Once you have hired The Robenalt Law Firm, Inc., we will identify the people or companies that caused your injuries and their insurance company and notify them of our representation. We will advise them that we are your legal representative and instruct them to contact us with any questions about your claim.
Request Medical Records and Bills
As you complete your medical treatment, we will contact your healthcare providers to request your medical records and bills. We will ask you to provide us with information about time missed from work, including vacation time you used because of your injuries. We will consult with your doctor and ask them to state that, in their professional opinion, your injuries were caused by the accident.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Once we have gathered your medical records and bills and documentation of lost wages, we will submit a settlement demand to the insurance company. The demand package will include evidence of the expenses you incurred because of the injuries. We will also include a demand for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional trauma caused by the accident and your injuries.
We will negotiate with the insurance adjuster to try to resolve your claim for an amount of money that fairly compensates you for your injuries. We will always communicate with you about our settlement demand and the insurance adjuster’s response, and we will never settle a claim without your approval.
Settlement and Dispersal of Funds
If we can successfully resolve your claim, we will receive a settlement agreement and release, along with a settlement check from the insurance company. After you sign the check, we will pay your outstanding medical bills and disburse the remaining settlement funds to you. In many cases, we can maximize your financial recovery by negotiating with your medical providers to accept a reduced payment.
If we cannot arrive at a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit to protect your interests and your right to financial compensation.
Understand the Statute of Limitations
In any personal injury claim, you must be aware of the statute of limitations. This is the amount of time in which you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitation expires, your claim will be barred, and you will not be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Ohio is two years, but many exceptions exist. To protect yourself and your right to compensation, you should consult with an experienced personal injury as soon as possible after an injury.
Robenalt Law Seeks Justice for the Injured
The steps to resolving a personal injury claim may appear straightforward, but there are traps for the unwary. Let us negotiate the resolution of your personal injury settlement so you can focus on your physical recovery. Robenalt Law has been representing personal injury victims for more than 35 years. We have the experience, resources, and expertise to handle your injury claim and maximize your financial recovery.
Robenalt Law handles most personal injury claims on a contingency fee. You won’t pay us unless we recover money for you.