Steps Your Lawyer Will Take Following a Traumatic Injury
Receiving a traumatic injury from an accident that was not your fault can be both incredibly frustrating and painful. What can be even worse is the other party, or often their insurance company, leaves you hanging out to dry when it comes to compensation. Turning to a Boulder accident lawyer to handle your case can ease your mind at a time when you need to focus on getting healthy.
SETTING UP THE CONSULTATION
Getting your side of the story is important when it comes to developing a strategy, presenting your case, and calculating a dollar amount you would like to see from the other side. An initial consultation generally does not take very long. If your case has merit, follow-up consultations can be scheduled.
CONTACTING THE OTHER PARTY
When the other side finds out they are dealing with a Boulder accident lawyer, they know that you are serious about your case. At this point, the other side will be given the chance to respond. If they decide to settle quickly, this will allow you to get paid in relatively short order, without going through a trial. Lawyers usually work as the points of contact between their client and the defendant. You personally would not have to talk to their lawyers or anyone else other than your attorney.
FILING A LAWSUIT (IF NECESSARY)
If a settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will file a lawsuit to bring the issue in front of a judge and jury. This will get the other side’s attention since they cannot stall any longer. On the court date, they will have to justify why they aren’t compensating you. This can sometimes push the other party towards a settlement when they do not want to pay legal fees for what would probably be a losing case.
BUILDING YOUR CASE
An experienced Boulder accident lawyer will present your case in a way that gives you the best chance to receive the highest award. This may include getting depositions, issuing subpoenas, doing outside research, etc. Even at this late point in the process your lawyer and the defense attorney may be able to work out a deal before a judge rules on it. If the other side so chooses, they may even try striking a deal the day of the trial.
GETTING YOUR MONEY
Once a judge has decided in your favor, they will issue you an award that the other side will have to pay. Sometimes, the party at fault, or their insurance company, may choose to appeal to a higher court. But if they lost decisively in the first court case, there is a good chance they may lose again on appeal. It would also cost the defendant a considerable amount more in legal fees if they do appeal. Generally, the defendant’s side will cut a check to your attorney, who will take their fees and expenses, and the rest will be sent to you, so you can cover any necessary expenses.
Sloat & Nicholson P.C. serves as personal injury lawyers around the Boulder area, as well as throughout the rest of Colorado. Practice areas include personal injuries, wrongful death cases, motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall cases. Our team will do everything we can to make sure those at fault for your accident right their wrong.
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