Put yourself in the following situation: you were recently involved in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, and you got hurt. You ended up in the hospital, and the bills have been a real problem for you and your family. You’re considering filing a lawsuit against the person who hit you, because you think you might be able to win some of the money back and make up for the losses you dealt with. You definitely need good legal advice.
Personal injury lawsuits
It’s clear why you believe you have a case. Personal injury lawsuits are designed to help people who are injured by others and end up suffering damages, such as those hefty medical bills you have, as a result. To win a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must show that the defendant was negligent, and that this negligence caused the accident that, in term, caused the damages.
You should be very careful about where you turn for that advice, because legal advice on the internet can be questionable, at best. Reputable experts will almost always shy away from providing it, and even those who provide general tips or insight will often emphasize that they are not providing legal advice (this is in part because there are regulations governing lawyer-client relationships).
Luckily, it’s not hard to find someone who you should ask for legal advice. You need a lawyer!
Finding a lawyer
To find the right lawyer for you, search regionally and compare your options using online reviews and the law firms’ own websites. Look at things like the lawyers’ educational background and years of experience, suggests Jeff Preszler, an ICBC lawyer at Preszler Law. Check their areas of expertise–does one specialize in car accidents in particular?
Once you’ve found a lawyer, set up a consultation. Show up prepared with documents relevant to the case, including medical bills and information about the accident. You’ll need contact information for the doctors and institutions that helped you, plus information about how much it all costs, and any documents or evidence relevant to the accident and associated negligence.
Speak clearly and honestly with your lawyer, and stick to the facts relevant to the case. In return, you can expect honesty and respect from your would-be attorney. If you don’t get it, don’t be afraid to schedule a consultation with a second attorney and try again.
Legal advice isn’t too hard to get, but it’s important that you get it from the proper sources. Take the details that you wanted to share here and head to a trusted attorney!
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