Aug 06 2021

What Are the Stages of a Car Accident Case?

If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial, economic and emotional damages. But figuring out how to get every dollar you deserve may not be easy on your own, particularly if you haven’t dealt with this type of legal situation before.

The personal injury lawyers at William R. Rawlings & Associates can walk you through the entire process, taking the weight off of your shoulders and working hard to ensure that your car accident case has a favorable outcome. Here’s a look at how your personal injury claim will proceed.

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Investigation and Treatment

When an attorney agrees to take on your car accident case, they’ll begin an investigation to uncover evidence that supports your personal injury claim. Your lawyer will also put the insurance companies on notice, handling all communications on your behalf. At this stage, you may still be in treatment – and it’s crucial that you keep all appointments and follow all doctors’ orders.

Settlement Negotiations

Once you are no longer in treatment – or once the future impact of your injuries becomes clear – your lawyer will assist you in making a claim under your own insurance company through your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, if necessary. Then, your attorney will begin settlement negotiations with the insurance company of the driver at fault for the car accident.

Discovery and Litigation

At William R. Rawlings & Associates, our personal injury lawyers are able to negotiate favorable settlements in over 98 percent of our cases. If settling your car accident case isn’t possible, discovery will take place – meaning that both sides will exchange evidence. A trial follows, either in front of a judge or a jury, and your attorney will do whatever they can to support your claim in court.

Judgement and Post-Judgment Motions

After all of the evidence has been presented, the judge or jury will render its decision. At this point, lawyers from either side can opt to appeal a non-favorable judgment. Or, depending upon the circumstances, the losing party may file a motion for a new trial. If no appeal or post-judgment motions are filed, the final judgment is entered with the court and the case is complete

Let Us Fight for Your Right to Compensation

The team of personal injury lawyers at William R. Rawlings & Associates has one goal – to protect the rights of injured victims and help them pursue justice. Our law firm has more than 35 years of experience providing personalized legal representation to clients in Utah, California and Idaho – and we’re ready to assist with every aspect of your car accident claim.

You need a skilled, compassionate and capable personal injury lawyer, one who has what it takes to help you obtain the maximum in compensation. That’s what you’ll find with William R. Rawlings & Associates – contact us and schedule a free consultation to discuss your Utah car accident case today.