When you are injured or lose a loved one in an accident, usually look to the insurance company of the other person to collect damages for the injury. It is a good idea to hire a lawyer skilled in West Virginia personal injury litigation to speak on your behalf to all parties involved, including the insurance company. Your personal injury attorney knows how to help preserve evidence and how to hire the correct experts to prove your case. Your attorney is skilled at working hard to maximize the compensation you can recover.
In the event your lawyer is unable to settle your case with the insurance company, your attorney can bring a lawsuit on your behalf. It would be ideal to learn about what you should bring to your injury attorney beforehand.
Negotiation and settlement
Soon after you retain a West Virginia personal injury lawyer at our law firm, your lawyer is ready to gather information and begin the process of negotiation with the insurance company. As part of a thorough investigation, you may be asked to help by providing items such as the following:
- Copy of the police report
- Traffic tickets given to the other person
- Photos of the scene of the accident
- Any other documentation you may have showing how the injury has negatively impacted your life.
- Names, addresses. and phone numbers of any witnesses
- Medical records and bills
- Photos of your injuries
- Wage stubs and tax returns
When an offer to settle comes from the adjuster, it is likely to be far less than the amount your attorney requests. Your personal injury attorney can negotiate with the insurance company to reach an agreement that maximizes the amount of payment you are to receive as compensation.
You Have Limited Time to File a West Virginia Personal Injury Lawsuit
According to West Virginia personal injury law, you usually only have two years to file a lawsuit against the person who injured you. If your lawyer has not been able to come to an agreement with any involved parties, you should file a personal injury lawsuit before the two-year statute of limitations runs out.
The Right Personal Injury Team Makes All the Difference
If you or a loved one has been injured, there is no time to waste. You need an experienced personal injury attorney working on your behalf immediately. At Charleston’s DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we represent personal injury victims throughout West Virginia. Contact us today for a free consultation and evaluation of your claim.