No one wants to envision a scenario where you have been injured due to the actions of another person, but knowing the steps to a personal injury case and being prepared for the process can give you peace of mind if the unimaginable would to happen. If you have been injured by the negligence of someone else’s actions, the first thing you need to do is to obtain medical treatment. Ensure you keep meticulous records and follow your doctor’s recommendations to the best of your ability. The next step will be to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to review your case.
Meeting with Your Attorney
Be honest and present your case. The more information and details your attorney has, the better they can assess the viability of your case. Personal injury proceeding rarely find a quick resolution. Make sure you feel comfortable with your attorney and they explains the process and answers your questions to your satisfaction.
The Beginning of the Legal Process
While it may seem drawn out and can be frustrating our courts move at their own pace. You may not fully understand all of the pretrial hearings and legal back and forth, but be patient. Rely on your attorney to answer your questions and address your concerns honestly and plainly. Without the proper legal training, you can easily get lost in the motions, hearings, and discovery but it’s all part of the process.
Settle or Trial?
Most personal injury cares reach settlements before they see the inside of a court room, but again rely of your attorney to give solid and honest legal advice as how to proceed with your case. This is why being comfortable and trusting your attorney is so important to your case.
Collecting Your Judgement or Consider an Appeal
Just because there is a ruling in your case doesn’t mean the work is over. Win or lose you may have more work to do. Some cases take years to come to a final binding judgement and there is potential the liable part will refuse or will be unable to pay the judgement against them. You have to make a personal decision with your attorney to see if continuing to pursue the case win or lose is worth the extra time and money.
At the root of this process is the quality of attorney you secure to represent you. Your personal relationship with them can mean the difference between a smooth conclusion to your case or a prolonged nightmare that cost money and time. Here at Johnson Law we pride ourselves on building a personal relationship with our clients and making the legal process as stress free as possible. It is imperative to speak with an Oregon injury attorney if you or your loved one has been injury by negligence as soon as possible. We can help you fight to recover compensation you deserve.