If you or a loved one is involved in an accident and suffer a catastrophic injury, prompt discovery and preservation of key evidence can make or break your case. Choosing the right law firm may significantly improve the type of recovery you or your loved one receives, compensating for losses suffered and providing for future needs stemming from an accident. Once you obtain the right law firm, early investigation of the accident scene, and preservation of critical evidence, is paramount to a successful case.
It is important to get a law firm working for you as soon as possible after an accident occurs before evidence is lost or destroyed and while memories of the accident are fresh and uncompromised. Claims against such powerful entities as the government, including public officials and the police department, large trucking companies, and national or global corporations, to name a few, are especially difficult because evidence may be lost, hidden, or even intentionally destroyed.
When a catastrophic injury occurs, the potentially liable parties spring into immediate action to “reconstruct” the circumstances of the accident to try to understand how and why the accident occurred, and who is at fault. It’s essential to hire a law firm with a proven track record in catastrophic injury claims, with the resources and experience to take swift, responsive, and decisive action on your behalf such as:
The chances of winning a personal injury lawsuit can vary depending on a number of factors, including the facts of the case and the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed. In general, plaintiffs have a higher chance of winning a personal injury case when there is clear evidence of negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the defendant, and when the injuries sustained are significant. However, even with strong evidence, the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit is never certain, and plaintiffs may not always prevail.
Personal Injury lawsuits are civil legal matters, so the standard of evidence is lower than in criminal trials. The evidence that Plaintiff must provide to support its case “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means that the evidence presented by Plaintiff must be more likely true than not true, compared to the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard in criminal trials.
Additionally, in many cases, the two sides may reach a settlement agreement out of court, where the defendant agrees to pay the plaintiff a certain amount of money to resolve the case, in order to avoid the uncertainty and costs of a trial. This can be a good option if both parties can agree on a reasonable settlement amount. It’s important to consult with an attorney who can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case and advise you on the best course of action.
Getting an experienced attorney involved early on in your case is critical to protecting your rights and your future. Your attorney will guide you step-by-step through the legal process and answer any questions you may have. The sooner you get an attorney involved, the less chance evidence will be compromised inadvertently by others, by weather, or through the passage of time. Act immediately and get the right attorney and law firm on your side. It will make a difference in your final settlement and the successful outcome of your case.