In the last post, we discussed the importance of hiring a personal injury attorney to protect your interests after an accident. Once you have retained the services of a personal injury attorney Westchase, they can begin to gather information about your accident and send any notices that are appropriate. For example, if certain government entities are the party responsible for your injury, they must be notified of your accident and intent to file a lawsuit within a certain period of time. If there is no proof of that notice, any lawsuit filed could be dismissed and you would not receive any compensation for your injuries or have any of your medical expenses paid. These deadlines are set by state law and therefore, must be strictly adhered to. Don’t miss the opportunity to receive compensation for your injuries by not complying with deadlines.
Your attorney also will review accident reports, medical records, insurance coverages, witness statements, and any other information pertinent to your case. The personal injury attorney Westchase might offer a demand to the responsible party or its insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit. While occasionally these demands are negotiated and settled prior to litigation being filed, more often than not, the attorney will need to file a lawsuit in order to meet the statute of limitations (the deadline for an injured party to file a lawsuit after an accident).
The complaint filed on your behalf by your personal injury attorney Westchase, will then be served on those named as defendants, or the parties that you and your attorney believe are responsible for your injuries. Each defendant has a prescribed amount of time to answer the complaint and if applicable, present affirmative defenses or counterclaims. Your personal injury attorney Westchase has the opportunity to review those defenses and counterclaims and respond in a timely and appropriate manner.