To put it simply, a personal injury lawyer advocates on your behalf when you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence (negligence means they are at fault but they did not hurt you on purpose; it is unintentional). At a fundamental level, a personal injury lawyer’s role is to advocate for you and build your case so that the “wrong doer” or their representative insurance company will pay money to make you “whole” due to the harm they have caused. To prevent you from further harm it’s very important to call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
At Lamont Law, we tell our clients that our role is to help get you a financial award (money) because you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence.
A personal injury lawyer is not a doctor and cannot give you medical advice. A personal injury lawyer gathers evidence and builds a case to show your losses. All of your losses have value including pain and suffering, loss of income, medical and rehabilitation expenses, for example.
The Lawyer’s Process
At the initial meeting, the lawyer will take a copy of your identification (this is an important step that must be completed, even if you have known the lawyer for years.)
You will also sign authorizations for the lawyer to start gathering evidence in the form of clinical notes and records, the police report, and tax returns, for example. The lawyer will also review the retainer agreement which sets out the lawyer’s fees and other important information surrounding the lawyer/client relationship.
After the initial meeting, the lawyer will gather evidence, and advocate on your behalf so you can focus on your treatment needs and healing.
What you need to know
A lawsuit can take a long time before reaching a conclusion. The average timeline at Lamont Law is approximately 2-3 years for completion. Sometimes it will take longer if there are a number of parties involved or if there are complications in the file. Conversely, sometimes a claim can be resolved before initiating the lawsuit in Court and can resolve in less than 2 years. The specifics of each case are dependent on the facts and we will keep you up to date through the progression of your case.
A personal injury lawyer at Lamont Law will help you through the litigation process and shelter you from the stress of a lawsuit so you can focus on your recovery.