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How a Personal Injury Lawyer Evaluates a Claim

evaluation.jpgPersonal injury attorneys carefully evaluate all personal injury claims they come across to determine if they're viable cases. They can also determine what types of compensation that clients may be entitled to receive when going through the legal process. Here are several aspects to a claim that an injury attorney will evaluate.

Evidence

The first item that a personal injury lawyer will evaluate is evidence available in the case. This will help determine if the evidence is sufficient enough to warrant a case and support the client's claim. Claims with little evidence can still be successful, but when more evidence is available the claimant stands a better chance of obtaining compensation and a verdict in his or her favor.

Cost of Pursuing the Claim

There are costs involved with gathering evidence and working with an injury lawyer to pursue a case. Personal injury lawyers normally receive payment based on a contingency fee, and an attorney doesn't receive payment until the claimant wins the case. State law limits the amount attorneys can charge for personal injury cases, and even after attorney's fees, adequate compensation for medical treatment and lost wages are typically recovered.

Collecting Compensation for the Claim

Sometimes it can be challenging or even impossible to collect compensation for injury claims. For instance, a victim of a car accident that is a result of distracted driving may not be able to collect compensation if the party at fault doesn't have sufficient insurance or assets to cover damages. An attorney can usually help determine from what avenues a victim may be able to collect compensation.

With these aspects covered, an injury attorney can typically help determine whether or not the claimant has a solid case. A reputable and experienced lawyer won't pursue cases that seem unlikely to achieve compensation for the victim. However, when a victim suffers a personal injury, consulting an attorney for a case evaluation can prevent the person from potentially missing out on an opportunity for compensation.

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