Let’s not make any mistake here. If you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault but are refusing to take responsibility for it, you should definitely make sure that you’re adequately compensated. But on the road to that compensation, you’re most likely going to come up against some financial barriers. If you’re beyond a doubt of the liability of the other party, that shouldn’t stop you. Those barriers should make it clear you need to properly consider how you go about the litigation, however.
Prepare for some additional costs
You might be fuming about the costs that your injury or accident has already been costing you. But you’re likely going to have to get prepared to spend more if you want the best possible result. There are those law firms that will take payments from the settlement or lawsuit, but they can take a pretty heavy cut. They might also not take on your case if you can’t adequately convince them at first that you have a good case. Filing fees, expert witness fees and document preparation fees can add to the costs of your legal team. But if those are looking like more you can spare at the moment, it might be worth considering lawsuit loans. A successful suit can help you cover those costs, but they should mostly be considered only if you have the odds well in your favor.
Get advice early
If you have an accident and your claim on the liable party’s insurance has been rejected, or you find out they don’t have the proper insurance, then you should cease all contact with them. Don’t argue with them. Don’t send a curt letter. Don’t tell them you’re lawyering up. Every piece of contact with them could jeopardize your case. Instead, get in touch with some legal advice as soon as you possibly can. Make sure you’re choosing those who show signs of specializing in the kind of injury case you’re dealing with in particular. Some are more experienced in dealing with employers, others better know the particulars of auto accidents. The right choice of legal help is also about making sure they fit your budget depending on what goals they’re aiming at. Some might aim to intimidate and get an early settlement, others might recommend pushing the case as far as it goes for the most gain.
Document, document, document
Evidence is the most important thing in any kind of legal proceeding. If you can collect evidence from witnesses at the scene and get their contact details, that’s a great way to assert liability. But to make sure you get the best possible deal, you also want to make sure you’re covering all the costs you’ve had to take on. The impact of the injury itself should include records of all treatment costs, as well as any money you might lose from the loss of income. But a successful claim can cover your legal costs and even go into damages.
Be smart about your case, using all the evidence you can and controlling your emotions so you can better follow the advice you get. If the costs are looking too high to pursue, remember that there are options to help you afford the assistance you need.