In any personal injury case the goal is to receive financial compensation for your injuries. But how do you get to that point? You should focus on receiving necessary medical treatment so that your injuries are documented. Your health is vital to your wellbeing, and you want to be able to recover for any damage to your health. You may also wish to contact a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the legal arena.
Here at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams our Louisiana personal injury attorney can meet with you to discuss your case. We listen to your story and work to understand your situation. This step is known as a consultation.
If, after the consultation, you and I agree that my office will handle your case, then the firm gets to work! We research your issues to determine what cause(s) of action should be pursued. We secure your medical records, bills, police reports, and any other relevant documents or information that will be necessary to pursue your case. We review the information and discuss your case's potential value with you.
During this time, we will also contact the insurance company of the alleged liable party and initiate a claim. Once we have determined the value of your case, we will talk with the insurance company in hopes of resolving the matter quickly and amicably without filing a lawsuit in court. Often the parties can reach an agreement pre-suit and save all parties time, money, and resources. However, sometimes filing a lawsuit becomes necessary. If filing a lawsuit becomes necessary, my office will prepare the documents required to do so.
Filing a Lawsuit
The petition for damages is the initial pleading that starts a civil action. It identifies the basis for the court's jurisdiction, the basis for your claim, and your request for relief. The petition for damages must be served upon the defendant(s). When that happens, the defendant(s) have an opportunity to answer our petition. If they do so, we move forward with a process called discovery.
While Your Case Is Pending
The discovery process is essentially a process that allows for the exchange of information between the parties. We request information from the defendant(s), and they can request information from us. All the information must be relevant to your claim. The request for information may take the form of written questions, written requests for documents, subpoenas for documents, oral questioning called depositions, and more. During the discovery process, my office will work to gather additional information that will help establish your claims and the defendant's liability. Additionally, we will work to resolve the case via settlement, if possible. You will be consulted and informed every step of the way.
If the case cannot be settled, the matter will be set for trial. A trial is when a judge or jury listens to the evidence and makes a determination regarding liability. Additionally, they award damages if necessary. Although I cannot guarantee any specific case's outcome, I can ensure that all of my cases are handled professionally, ethically, diligently, and passionately.
Now that you know a little bit about the personal injury process in Louisiana, you can make an informed decision.
Call Law Offices of Philip B. Adams
Let the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams fight for you and get you what you deserve. We are experienced Shreveport, LA, accident attorneys dedicated to fighting for our clients and seeking adequate compensation for them. Whether you were injured in a vehicle collision, on someone's property, or in some other type of accident, we can handle it!
If you, a friend, or a family member wants to discuss your personal injury case, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are Louisiana accident attorneys and represent clients throughout the state.