what does a personal injury attorney do
After an accident, many clients come to us confused about what to do. They know they need compensation to cover ever-increasing medical bills and to replace lost wages, but they don’t know who to even contact to get the money they need. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in. At Kapuza Lighty, PLLC we have helped injured Yakima residents get the compensation they need to land back on their feet.

A Personal Injury Lawyer Identifies who is Responsible for Your Injuries

Before you can get compensation, you need to identify who is at fault for your injury. In some cases, this is easy. If a speeding motorist slammed into you at the intersection, then they are the party at fault.

A trusted law firm can investigate the accident, if necessary, to figure out who to hold responsible for your injuries. Because this investigation takes time and legal know-how, few clients are prepared to do it on their own.

A Personal Injury Lawyer Builds Your Case

It shouldn’t come as news that few people want to pay money, even if they know they were at fault. Insurance companies also don’t want to pay out money to settle claims. In order to get the compensation, you deserve, you need a strong case. A personal injury lawyer will gather compelling evidence that shows the defendant violated your rights, and he or she can present it in a way that is persuasive.

A Personal Injury Lawyer Negotiates with Insurance Companies

Before suing in court, you might be able to settle your dispute. Your personal injury lawyer can send a demand letter to the person who injured you or their insurer, laying out the extent of your injuries and making a demand for compensation.

Typically, the other side rejects our initial offer and counteroffers. Each side then goes back and forth, working toward an amount that both sides can agree with.

Negotiation is more of an art than a science, and you will need a skilled lawyer in your corner to protect you and your rights.

A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Bring a Lawsuit

If negotiations break down, you might need to sue in court. Washington’s court system is very complex, with detailed rules of civil procedure and evidence that you must learn to be effective. A personal injury lawyer knows these rules and therefore can file the case properly. If you go to trial, your lawyer can also present evidence in a way that a jury will understand.

Contact a Yakima Personal Injury Lawyer Today

To help you better understand the services we provide, Kapuza Lighty, PLLC offers potential clients a free consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you have and look forward to hearing from you.


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