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STEP BY STEP EXPLANATION
OF THE PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS AND LAWSUIT PROCESS
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligent or careless actions, then you should contact Christopher Marshall Law right away. We help victims protect their rights and recover everything they are owed.
Communicating with Insurance Companies
Let’s be clear, insurance companies are pros at manipulating the personal injury system. From the very beginning, when you are most vulnerable, insurance agents and adjusters are already looking to take advantage of you. They may want to get you to make statements on a recorded phone call that they can later use against you. They also may mail you statements or declarations and ask you to sign them.
It is vital that your communication with any insurers following an injury go through a qualified attorney. Christopher Marshall Law will step in and take over insurance communication for you in order to protect your interests.
Getting Medical Treatment
Your health and safety are of the highest concern and following an accident on injury we must get you the proper treatment. Christopher Marshall Law works with a network of top medical professionals throughout Southern California. If you cannot afford to be treated, we can help you obtain treatment via a medical lien, meaning that there are no upfront out-of-pocket payments. Instead, your costs will be paid out of your future settlement or award.
After medical treatment for your injuries is organized and provided, we start to put together our ‘demand package’ for the relevant insurance company. Christopher Marshall Law will compile documentation, evidence, medical diagnoses, costs and other important factors into a persuasive form. The insurer will review the demand package and ultimately decide whether they will comply with the demand, begin settlement negotiations, or prepare for a lawsuit. We keep you in the loop at every step and the decision of whether to accept settlement offers always rests with the injured person.
Filing in Court
Believe it or not, the insurance company doesn’t always comply with demand requests. At Christopher Marshall Law we are prepared to go to trial to combat unfair or unjust insurance offers. We will pay for the costs of trial so that there are no out-of-pocket costs for you. Costs and fees are then reimbursed from the settlement or trial award. During preparation for trial we will take depositions, review evidence, hire experts and investigate all relevant information. You will partner with us during this stage, as we collaboratively build our case – we keep you in the loop because it’s best for both of us.
Typically, your case will be subject to mediation prior to trial. During this process a third-party mediator listens to both sides and reviews relevant evidence to make a settlement recommendation. We represent you vigorously during this mediation procedure to try and achieve the best possible result. As mentioned above, it is always the decision of the injured person whether or not to accept a settlement or mediation offer.
Going to Trial
The insurance companies will thrash around and try and use every trick in the book to avoid paying, and this sometimes carries through settlement negotiations, mediation, and trial preparation. If they refuse to make a reasonable and fair offer to the injured person then going to trial is the only choice. We will aggressively represent you from jury selection through closing arguments and beyond. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation about your injury.