Gwi Rye Kim was one of three people killed in a vehicle crash on Oct. 15, 2013, in Skokie, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. A garbage truck broadsided a car, causing it to flip over and land on top of the vehicle in which Ms. Kim was riding. Within two weeks, Ms. Kim’s family hired a personal injury attorney and filed a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation for their loss.
Moving quickly to file a lawsuit strikes a tone that can carry throughout the litigation process: We’re pursuing this case in a timely manner on behalf of the victim and the family who suffered a loss.
This is done when a determined family hires an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney or law firm with a proven record of successful results in personal injury cases has the competency needed and the know-how to speed up the litigation process. When working with an attorney in a personal injury case, there are several ways you can help the process move forward:
1. Provide information
Attorneys decide to accept cases, as well as build cases for litigation, based on the information presented to them. This is why it’s important to provide your attorney with as much information as possible, such as the facts of an accident, statements from eyewitnesses, proof of insurance, a doctor’s or police officer’s report, or a death certificate showing your loved one died of injuries sustained during the accident. Your attorney can step in if an agency, company, or government refuses to provide the documentation you requested.
2. Be open to negotiations
Lawsuits are sometimes settled without having to go to trial if the parties involved are willing to negotiate. With attorneys at the helm of negotiations, both plaintiffs and defendants will attempt to reach an agreement beneficial to both parties. If you are a plaintiff, this means that the defendant will compensate you, in some way, for damages or an injury you suffered.
3. Follow your attorney’s recommendations
“Most attorneys will answer your questions and discuss the potential of your case free of charge and if your case fits the criteria, they will give you an idea of what you might expect” says chicago-injuryattorney.net. The litigation process comes to a halt when you do not want to follow your attorney’s advice. This is not to say that you cannot give input or feedback to your attorney. But keep in mind that attorneys know the legal ramifications you will face by not following his/her recommendations. Ignoring your attorney’s advice could be detrimental to your case and increase your litigation costs.
4. Be accessible
While you will be formally notified of scheduled times for court hearings, depositions or negotiations, there may be times when your attorney has to speak with you about an urgent matter. Don’t hold up the case by not being readily available. For instance, if you are in the process of litigation, don’t take an impromptu trip to a foreign country. What if a settlement is reached while you are away and your approval is needed?
While the litigation process may stall due to unforeseen circumstances, attorneys and litigants should do whatever is necessary to move the case forward. Remember, the goal is to gain compensation for damages or personal injury as quickly as possible. If you have been injured in an accident or if a loved one has been the victim of a fatal accident, contact a personal injury attorney and schedule a free consultation.
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Often writing on the topics of finance, law, and human rights, Molly Pearce shares this post for those dealing with a lawsuit in the hopes that the tips given will help quicken the claims process. In her online research, she found that chicago-injuryattorney.net offered a wealth of information on personal injury compensation and what to expect in the course of a lawsuit.