How a Lawyer Evaluates Your Personal Injury Claim

When you are injured by someone else through no fault of your own, contact a personal injury lawyer right away. An attorney will carefully evaluate your claim. Then, they will determine if it’s worth pursuing. They also look at if you stand to benefit from going through the legal process. Here’s what you should know about how a lawyer will evaluate your potential lawsuit.


A Lawyer Will Evaluate the Evidence in Your Case


First and foremost, a personal injury attorney evaluates the evidence available in your case. This will help determine if there is enough evidence to prove your side of the claim. While claims with limited evidence can be successful, the more evidence available means a better chance you will receive a high settlement offer from the other party’s insurance company or receiving a favorable verdict in court.


A Lawyer Will Evaluate the Cost of Pursuing the Claim


Collecting evidence costs money, as does working with an attorney. Personal injury attorneys typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means they do not get paid until you win. Therefore, it’s important for a lawyer to ensure that the costs of getting everything ready do not outweigh the settlement that you stand to receive. More often than not, however, basic costs for medical expenses and lost wages are recovered.


A Lawyer Will Determine Who May Be Able to Pay for the Claim


In some cases, it may be difficult or impossible to collect compensation on a claim. For example, if you were in a car accident caused by distracted driving, but the other party does not have insurance or assets to pay, you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. On the other hand, say you were injured by a dog on someone else’s property and that person has homeowner’s insurance, you’ll likely be able to pursue a claim against the homeowner’s policy for the dog bite. Your attorney should be able to tell you whether you have enough potential avenues of compensation before filing your claim.


Contact a Lawyer Today


Don’t wait after an accident injury that wasn’t your fault to consult with a personal injury attorney. Only an attorney can look at the facts of your case to help you decide if it is in your best interests to file. Contact us today for a consultation by calling (559) 431-4400.