What Injury Lawyers Will Do For You

To hire an injury lawyer or not to hire an injury lawyer? That is a question a lot of people have when they have been hurt or injured by someone else, such as in a car accident. To help answer the question, consider what a lawyer will do for you.

Basically, a lawyer will handle everything and that’s actually quite a lot.

First, the lawyer will investigate the matter by obtaining copies of all police reports, medical reports, medical bills, property damage reports, and any other pertinent documents or reports. The lawyer will also obtain photos of the scene, vehicles, injuries, and any other applicable photos. For serious injuries, the lawyer will consult accident reconstruction experts, economic experts for loss wages and future medical costs, vocational expert for disabilities, and any other experts that the lawyer deems necessary.

Second, the lawyer will handle all communications (phone calls, email, FAX, letters) with the insurance adjuster. The lawyer will combine all of the information that he/she gathered in the investigation and present it in the most favorable light to the adjuster. The lawyer will then conduct all negotiations.

Third, if a settlement cannot be reached with an adjuster, an injury lawyer will file a lawsuit and start the trial process. The lawyer will prepare all pleadings (initial lawsuit documents), interrogatories, request for admissions, request for production of documents, and handle depositions. The lawyer will then get the case ready for trial by handling all motions, outlining the case and how to prove it, preparing witnesses, preparing exhibits, and serving subpoenas.

Fourth, the lawyer will present the case in court and handle all aspects of the trial.

Finally, if there is an appeal, the lawyer will handle the appeal.

Obviously, there are a lot of details left out of the above summary of what an injury lawyer will do for you. There is knowing what to say, what not to say, and what you must say to an adjuster. There is knowing rules of civil procedure (general rules that the court system follows), local court rules (most courts have their own local rules), rules of evidence (you cannot just introduce into evidence anything that you want), and how the overall system works.

The above is general information only and may or may not be applicable to your situation. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a licensed lawyer.

To learn more about injury lawyers, see Philadelphia Injury Lawyers Homepage.

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