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How do personal injury cases work?

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A common question that we get from clients who have been injured and are ready to file a claim is “how do personal injury cases work?” Often, what they are looking for is more information about the process, what role they need to play, what is expected of them and how soon they will see compensation or justice for their injury. 

Our attorneys take the time to break down the steps with our clients to demystify the personal injury case process. We start with a free consultation to learn more about our potential client and their injury and then bring them in (or conduct virtually) an initial meeting where we go through everything in detail. All along the way, we also encourage our clients to call us – day or night – with questions, concerns or updates. We strive to make sure each of our clients feels comfortable and trusts us to work for them.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a claim filed by someone who has experienced personal injury or as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence that entitles them to compensation. Common personal injury claims include auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice and dog bites.

How does the process of filing a personal injury claim work?

The first step in filing a personal injury claim is meeting with an attorney who can help you assess what kind of claim you have. Meeting with a lawyer will help you understand your options. There will be differences in how your claim is handled, for instance, if you get hurt at work, on public or personal property, or as the result of a car accident.

You will need to provide information to your lawyer such as:

  • Details about the location and timeline of the injury
  • Any reports from the time of the injury
  • Names of medical providers
  • Medical bills

Your attorney will walk you through what to expect during your personal injury case and will be with you every step of the way, including when and how to file the proper paperwork. 

What role do I play in my personal injury case?

You will play an important role in your personal injury case. In addition to providing details to your attorney and filing out your claim, you may also called to give testimony as the case goes on. These questions may be about your health, your treatment or factors related to the injury. 

It will also be important that you maintain consistent, honest communication with your lawyer and follow the treatments outlined by your medical provider. In a personal injury case, the goal is for you to get better and receive the compensation that you need to do so. It is your job to follow through with the things that will help you to heal and to provide the information needed for your attorney to fight for your compensation. 

How soon will I be paid for my personal injury claim?

The length of time it takes to settle a personal injury lawsuit varies on a case by case basis. It’s important to be patient, especially if you have a very complex case or a case that could end in a large amount of compensation being awarded.  

How do I find a personal injury lawyer?

If you’ve been injured and need an experienced lawyer to handle your personal injury claim, look no further than Georgelis Injury Law Firm in Lancaster, PA. Dedicated members of the local community, our experienced attorneys are ready to work for you. They are happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim. 

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