Sometimes bad things can happen to unsuspecting people like when a careless worker leaves a dangerous tool that can harm another employee. Also, a vicious dog can injure a unsuspecting jogger. When such situations happen, the victims need to be aware of the personal injury law as well as ICBC law before they seek compensation.
1. Do you even have a case?
You are justified in following through with the case to get compensation if you sustain injuries due to negligence from a third party. Since it can be difficult to know the party that is at fault, you need to consult a personal injury lawyer to understand the legal options at your disposal. The attorney will advise you on how to file an ICBC law claim and walk you through the lawsuit.
2. What is the worth of the case?
You can hardly determine your case’s worth right off the bat because several factors determine the potential compensation. That is why your lawyer should research your case, settlement data, and past verdicts in such cases. Some factors that determine your case’s worth include future medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, previous medical bills, and therapy.
3. How long will the lawsuit last?
The length of time depends on specific factors such as your medical conditions and if the claim involves large amounts of money. For instance, if you are still recovering from the injuries, your case will be prolonged because your lawyer has to wait to get the final and complete value for your injuries. You can avoid a lengthy legal battle, but you will have to settle for a less amount.
4. Should an individual accept the settlement of an insurance company?
Insurance companies are in business, and their primary goal is to reduce payouts so that they can maximize their profits. That means that your best interests are not considered. Therefore, don’t accept a settlement from insurance companies because they are usually incredibly low. You need to work with a personal injury lawyer to get the compensation that you deserve, though the process might be lengthy but worth it.
5. What should you have when meeting a lawyer?
You would want to bring all your medical documents that prove of the injuries resulting from the incidence including discharge instructions, diagnosis paperwork, receipts, and bills. You must also bring copies of police reports, and the names and contact information of witnesses. Don’t forget to bring receipts for medical items bought such as crutches or wheelchair ramps.
6. What are the lawyer costs?
Lawyer costs are usually determined by your lawyer or the law firm that you choose as well as the extent of your case. Typically, most lawyers charge on an hourly basis or contingency basis. You will be required to pay for extra expenses such as deposit costs, sheriff’s costs, and filing fees regardless of the payment method.