Behind the Scenes: The Work Your Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney Does That You Won’t See
Many people have misconceptions about what exactly a personal injury attorney will do for you during your case. For most people, the image of a lawyer conjures up the setting of a courtroom drama, with your lawyer zealously cross examining witnesses and making grand speeches on your behalf while debunking the opposing side’s arguments. But this simplification does not even encompass half of the work that a good personal injury attorney will perform on your behalf and much of the work that he or she will do will be out of the courtroom, making sure that you never have to go to trial.
It Is The Work You Do Not See That Is Most Important
A personal injury attorney’s work begins as soon as you step into his or her office. After sitting through an initial interview and getting as many facts from you as possible, he or she will decide whether or not to take your case. Once the attorney is hired, he or she will offer you immediate guidance and steps that you should take in order to protect yourself and maximize your recovery for your injuries. In cases of an automobile accident, this could include seeking immediate medical attention if your injuries have not yet been examined and getting the damage to your car assessed.
Much of the work that your personal injury attorney will do will be done without you having any involvement at all. The biggest hurdle to overcome in personal injury cases is first getting all of the necessary facts and evidence gathered in order to form a perfect picture of how the injury occurred. This is done during the period that is referred to as “discovery.” This allows the attorney to better determine who is at fault for the accident to coordinate their strategy accordingly.
While your personal injury attorney may ask you to provide any evidence that you have gathered on your own, such as pictures from an accident and the identities of any witnesses or potential parties, most of the evidence gathering will be done without your involvement. This includes:
- Collecting the identities of witnesses;
- Interviewing witnesses;
- Taking statements;
- Deposing opposing parties;
- Collecting your medical records;
- Investigating the scene of the injury;
- Consulting with other professionals to assess the case; and
- Obtaining evidence from opposing counsel and parties.
Settlement In Your Personal Injury Case
Perhaps the hardest work that is done behind the scenes for a client is the settlement negotiation. Most personal injury suits never go to trial and most clients will never have to step into a courtroom and testify. In fact, roughly 95 percent of all personal injury cases are negotiated and settled outside of court. This is in large part due to the facts being extensively investigated before trial, allowing each side to know the relative strength of their position.
An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Who Will Work In And Out Of The Courtroom
A personal injury attorney is practically a necessity in any personal injury case. Whether your opponent is an individual driver, a doctor, a business or an insurance company, chances are almost certain that they will be represented by attorneys who focus on nothing but minimizing the amount of money that their client will have to pay out. The assistance that a personal injury can provide is invaluable. If you have been personally injured in Harrison County or within the State of Mississippi, you should contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice for a free confidential initial consultation. Our attorneys have decades of experience that they can put to work for you in obtaining the best outcome possible.