If you have been injured in an accident as a result of negligence by another person, then you need a personal injury attorney. You are entitled to recover your medical costs, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and your family may be entitled to compensation also.
A personal injury attorney or an accident lawyer is required to get all of the compensation that you are entitled to. Never deal directly with an insurance company because their people are trained to talk you into settling for a nominal part of what you are entitled to. Your attorney should do all of the talking for you.
Your attorney will visit the scene of the accident to determine if any event there caused the accident. He will also talk with the EMS crew and the investigating police officer. He may interview witnesses if any are willing to talk. If they are not, he can always subpoena them for a statement.
Your attorney will review your medical records as you heal, and he will be looking to your medical team to establish a prognosis and a time when you be back to normal. This is important because it has a definite bearing on any settlement discussions.
If necessary, your attorney will ask an expert medical professional to render an opinion on your condition. Your attorney will be building a complete picture of the cause of the accident, your medical treatment, your pain and suffering as well as your potential for full recovery. This will be part of a settlement proposal. However, if your case cannot be settled out of court, then the case will proceed to trial and this information will be very helpful. Very often, cases are settled on the court house steps rather than the defendant facing a trial.
You can be ceratin that your attroney will be agressive and fight for every dime you have coming. Often, accident victims ask how they can find a good attorney to represent them. Ask your friends for a recommendation and look at the websites. Many attorneys are offering impressive web sites which describe their record of successful cases. Interview three attorneys if you are able and see if the chemistry is right.