What Are Your Options If You Are Partially To Blame For An Accident?
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on May 01, 2012 in Advice
When you've been injured in the State of Indiana, in nearly any case, you can legally open a civil suit against the person or persons you feel are responsible for the accident. A judge will determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a trial, and may recommend settlement negotiations as an alternative, but if there is enough evidence, nearly any case can go to trial.
This process is lengthy and expensive, and it can also entail a great deal of stress and worry for the plaintiff and defendant. In short, it's a very serious, lengthy ordeal. The only cases which should be pursued are those both with a relatively high probability of success, and those with a relatively high expected payout.
But how do you determine those things?
How do you know how much you should expect to win in a personal injury law suit?
How do you know whether or not your case is likely to be successful?
Your best option is to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney, who's licensed to practice in your state.
Personal injury lawyers generally do not collect a fee unless they win the case, which is helpful to you for two reasons: first, obviously, if the suit fails, you're not stuck with extensive legal bills and no way to pay them, in addition to your medical expenses. Second, it means that your lawyer will not pursue a case that he or she doesn't think is likely to be winnable.
Even if you were partially to blame for the accident, or you might be, arrange for a time to discuss your case with a lawyer. He'll help you sort out what your options are, and if you're likely to win. Be honest and frank with him and with yourself, because you won't be doing yourself any favors pursuing a case that can't win.
If a case can be won, you can bet that your lawyer will be on your side, and will do everything possible to get you the best results.