What is Your Role as the Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case?
What is Your Role as the Plaintiff in a Personal Injury Case?

If you are working with a personal injury attorney to settle your case, you might wondering what your role is in the matter. You have hired an attorney for their help and expertise, but now what do you do?

You as the plaintiff play an important role in the success of your case. It is important that you develop a good relationship with your attorney, as you will be working together to achieve the best outcome.

Here is a brief breakdown of what you will need to do as the plaintiff of your case:

  1. Communicate openly with your attorney. Your attorney needs to understand the ins and outs of your case in order to handle it to the best of their ability. Make sure you are openly communicating about the accident, your injuries, treatment, and anything else relevant to your case. Let your attorney know if the insurance company calls you and requests a statement, or if the other party’s attorney contacts you. Withholding crucial information could be detrimental to your case.
  2. Obtain relevant records for your attorney in a timely manner. If you are claiming damages for lost wages, you will need to provide pay stubs or tax information. Your attorney might also need your assistance obtaining medical records and other personal documents. Make sure you get these important documents to them promptly, so they are able to move your case along as quickly as possible.
  3. Give a deposition. The deposition is an opportunity for the opposing party’s attorney to ask you questions about the accident and your injuries. Your attorney will help you prepare for the deposition, so there is no reason to worry about it.
  4. Prepare for mediation and/or trial. Most personal injury cases are settled before going to trial through a mediation process. Your attorney will help negotiate the settlement, and if all parties are in agreement, you can sign off on it. It a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, your case will have to go to trial. In either case, your attorney will prepare you and help address any questions or concerns you have.

“Communicating openly with your attorney and following their advice are very important in the success of your case,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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