A Short Overview of the Personal Injury Process

Have you ever wondered exactly what personal injury attorneys in Orange County do when they take a case?  There are some very important steps that must be taken immediately when a victim walks through the door in order to ensure that the client’s rights are protected and that he or she collects the maximum amount possible in damages.

First, the accident attorney interviews the client and finds out the details of the case.  This is the most important step in the process because it is the time when the attorney determines if the client actually has an actionable case that can be pursued for damages.  A good personal injury attorney would never lead a client to believe that he or she could make money on a case when the case is not worth anything.  A good attorney also never overestimates the amount that a case is worth or gives the client a false picture of exactly what will be involved in collecting damages.

Assuming that the case has merit, the next thing an accident attorney does is have the client sign a fee agreement.  This allows the attorney to proceed with the case and gives him or her permission to act on the client’s behalf, as well as outlines the amount of payment that the attorney expects for his or her services.  In injury cases, this is usually a contingency fee arrangement; the lawyer does not collect any money until the case is successfully settled or a judgment is entered by a court.

Finally, it is time to get down to the business of pursuing the claim.  An accident attorney draws up a petition for damages to be filed with the court, although he or she may attempt communication with the at-fault party’s representatives to discuss settlement before filing a lawsuit.  Once the lawsuit is filed, the attorney will stay in close touch with the defendant’s lawyers, discussing a possible settlement agreement.  This process may take some time, so it is important that clients understand up front that they will need to be patient.  A good personal injury attorney does not rush a settlement just to close a case or to get a quick fee.  If your attorney is working in your best interests, he or she will never settle a case without your permission and approval and will not allow you to settle for less than a reasonable amount to pay for your injuries and expenses.

Orange County personal injury attorneys treat each case individually and evaluate each situation on its own merits.  Your personal experience with an injury case may differ slightly from what has been described, but the basic element will probably be similar.  Talk to an Orange County accident attorney today to get the best legal advice possible and help you make a decision about how to handle your injury case.  You will find that the relief of having a professional attorney on your side gives you the peace of mind to deal with the sometimes stressful process of pursuing an injury claim.

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