How Personal Injury Claims Work
Feb. 23, 2021
When you are injured in an automobile accident or other negligent act by a defendant, make sure it is reported to the police or other applicable authority. Secondly, after proper reporting of the accident, immediately seek medical treatment. Then contact The Thomas Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation. Typically, at the Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, after you sign the Retainer Agreement, we ask you to sign medical records or employment authorizations, so we can obtain the necessary medical treatment records and bills and the time you missed from work. Also, we contact the defendant’s insurance company, begin our liability investigation, including interviewing witnesses. After we receive the medical records, medical bills, lost wages, and all other related damage information, we will evaluate your case and provide you with a settlement value.
Once we agree on your case’s settlement value, a Settlement Demand Package is sent to the insurance company. Usually, after a few weeks, the insurance company will provide an Offer to our Demand. If the parties reach an agreement and the case settles; the Insurance Company will send a Release and Settlement check within a few weeks.
If the parties, however, are unable to reach an agreement and the case is valued at $25,000.00 or less, a lawsuit will be filed against the defendant in General District Court. The lawsuit is usually filed in the city or county where the accident or incident occurred.
If your case is valued at more than $25,000.00, a lawsuit will be filed in Circuit Court. Again, the lawsuit is usually filed in the city or county where the accident or incident occurred.
If we are unable to settle your case after a lawsuit has been filed, we are fully prepared to try your case!
Please note that the above description is a summary of the personal injury process. Each case has its own unique facts and circumstances. Contact the Thomas Law Firm, PLLC for a free consultation, so we can get a full appreciation of your case.