If you got hurt in some accident that was not your fault, you have the right to file a claim for compensation, with either your insurance company or with the insurance company or the person who cause the accident. You can also ask for compensation for a third party if they were involved. In case the insurance company refuses to settle with you, you can take the case to trial.
This is usually how accident claims begin. No two cases are the same, as they differ I how they proceed and how they end up. There can be rehabilitation, deadlines, creditor issues, bill payment, loss wages, and such. To be able to handle all these while you are still getting better from the accident, you shall need an experienced and competent lawyer by your side. They shall be there to guide and help you in every step of the way, which shall be helpful for you in your particular case.
A personal injury lawyer has his/her first duty to provide legal representation for those who have had to endure physical or psychological injuries and are seeking compensation for the damages and losses from the injuries. It is normal for a personal injury lawyer to negotiate a claim and reach a settlement out of court. An experienced lawyer has no problem proceeding to the courts if that is where it leads to. As much as no two cases are the same, you can expect these lawyers to still argue them. They will come up with a different game plan.
While preparing your representation, the lawyer shall gather evidence. They shall ensure they have thoroughly exhausted all avenues while doing this. They shall look into police reports, witness statements, pictures, videos, and other sources. As soon as the client is medically stable, they shall collect medical records, health reports, employment records, and such. The gathered evidence is for building a case that shall use the details and progression of the event to establish fault.
The lawyer will also work on getting an offer from the insurance company, and negotiates until they get you a significant offer. Whenever the insurance company refuses to come to an agreement, the lawyer has no choice but to prepare for a court battle.
The lawyer will then proceed to file a lawsuit against the insurance company. This is usually the result of their refusal to comply with the negotiation. The lawyer usually goes for a hearing, or arbitration, or sometimes both. The minute a lawsuits filed, the sued normally has 30 days to comply. After responses come discovery proceedings, in which witness testimonies, expert testimonies and depositions are heard. Afterward a trial date is set. It can be immediately or after a while, depending on how busy the court is.