Five Things You Should Know Before Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If you are injured in an accident due to another person’s negligence, distraction, or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. There are many different types of accidents that can take place on a daily basis, whether at work, on the roadways, at another person’s residence, or a place of business. In the event you are hurt – or worse – in an accident that could have been prevented, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims are the most popular type of lawsuits filed in Oklahoma and throughout the United States, in large part because they cover such a broad spectrum of incidents. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we want to make sure you understand your rights and have all the information necessary to proceed with your claim. The accomplished personal injury attorneys at Atkins & Markoff will provide you with the aggressive legal representation you need and the personal attention you and your loved ones deserve.
Before you file a personal injury claim, it is important that you are aware of the following:
- Personal injury claims cover more than just car accidents.
It is a common misconception that personal injury law is only in reference to car accidents. While car and other motor vehicle collisions undoubtedly make up a substantial number of personal injury cases, personal injury law applies to any circumstance in which a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another party of entity.
- Compensation varies and can be extensive.
Depending on your case and the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to extensive compensation. Monetary compensation in personal injury cases may include money for the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Furthermore, compensation for wrongful death claims can be even more extensive and cover such expenses as funeral and burial costs, loss of companionship or consortium, and loss of financial support and benefits.
- Every case is different.
It is important to keep in mind that while there are certain fundamental steps shared by all personal injury cases, the claims themselves will differ depending on the type of injury, the cause of the injury, and the circumstances of the accident. Personal injury claims may also differ in duration and whether or not they can be settled out of court or trial if necessary.
- Both evidence and time are crucial.
It should be noted that the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court, either through negotiations with an insurance company or through a mediation process. This is one of the main reasons why adequate evidence is imperative to the overall outcome. In order for a timely settlement to come through on your behalf, our lawyers must be provided with all the evidence and information possible.
- Insurance company settlements are not always fair.
Unfortunately, insurance providers oftentimes try to limit the amount that is paid for medical expenses and other damages that were incurred as the result of an accident. While the settlement offered to you by an insurance company may be tempting, it is likely undervalued. Personal injury attorneys from Atkins & Markoff will fight for your rights and will ensure you receive the compensation for your injuries that you actually deserve.
If you believe you may have a personal injury claim on your hands, we encourage you to contact our Oklahoma law firm today. We will go over your case with you and make sure that your case proceeds with your best interest in mind.