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What To Expect When Working With A Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident and are considering working with a Kansas City personal injury law firm, you might be wondering what the process will be like. Here is a brief overview of what to expect when you contact our law office and hire our legal services.
You will meet with an attorney to discuss your case and decide whether or not to move forward with a Kansas City personal injury case. A consultation with The McCallister Law Firm is free, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your personal injury matter with one of our experienced legal professionals to better understand how to pursue compensation in your unique situation. This is an important part of the process when you will decide if we are a good fit for you. This is a deeply personal, critically important decision that will affect you for a long time.
Investigation And Evidence Gathering
Once you have decided to work with an attorney, they will investigate your case and collect evidence to support your claim. This can include medical records, police reports, witness statements, and more. You will need to provide your Kansas City personal injury attorney with statements, documentation, and information to help them make sense of your situation and build a strong case.
In many cases, the attorney will be able to reach a settlement with the insurer without having to go to trial in your case. If a settlement cannot be reached before filing a lawsuit, the next step is filing a lawsuit and preparing for a trial. Statistically, over 90% of personal injury claims are settled without a trial. But at our law firm, we believe the way a case should be settled is to prepare for and be ready for trial in order to obtain 100% justice for our clients.
Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit
If the insurer does not offer a fair settlement, your attorney may recommend filing a personal injury lawsuit. This will involve drafting and filing a complaint, serving the other party, and then going through the discovery process.
If your case does not settle during discovery, it will go to trial, where a judge or jury will hear arguments from both sides and decide how much you should be compensated. Trial lawyers are a unique breed of lawyer, with unique, time tested skills. Not all personal injury lawyers are trial lawyers. Choose your lawyer carefully.
Speak To Witnesses
If anyone saw the accident, it is important to get their contact information so they can be called as a witness later. If someone else saw the accident, it is likely that they saw events leading up to the accident that you did not, which will provide further insight and perspective into the cause of the accident and will further establish the matter of fault.
A personal injury lawyer will use witness testimony to help prove your case and secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
If either party is unhappy with the trial’s outcome, they can file an appeal. However, filing an appeal requires a different set of legal rules and procedures, so it is important to discuss this option with your legal team before moving forward if you believe your case was not resolved correctly.
Remember, this is just a brief overview of what to expect when working with legal representation in Kansas City. Every case is different, and your attorney will tailor their approach to fit the specific needs of your case.