If you’ve been involved in a personal injury case, there’s probably a lot of thoughts swirling around in your head. You may be worried about your health and your recovery; you may be worried about your medical expenses. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, you may also be concerned about how to go about filing a lawsuit regarding your case. You may have heard terms passed around like “demand letter” or “claim letter.” What are these terms and how do they apply to a personal injury case in Arizona?
Just as the phrase indicates, a personal injury claim letter is a formally written claim of a personal injury. This is the letter that you would send to the appropriate entity in order to begin the legal process of claiming money that you’re owed, due to the role the other party played in you being injured. For example, if you’re involved in a slip-and-fall accident on someone’s property, you’d want to send a personal injury claim to the homeowner or landowner’s insurance company regarding the accident.
Perhaps it’s best to answer this question with another question. Do you need to hire your own attorney when you go to court? No, but it’s a very good idea to do so. The same applies to a claim letter. A personal injury case is not something to take lightly, especially if the injury is serious. A well-written and well-organized claim letter can easily be the difference between you winning an appropriate settlement, or winning little to nothing at all.
Knowing what to claim and how much are just two items of vital importance to your case. In general, a claim letter will likely contain the following information: the nature of your injuries, how the injuries were treated and the total cost of them, whether or not those injuries also caused you to lose wages, other damages that you may have suffered to property or to someone in your legal care, and the details of the accident that caused you to be harmed. That’s a lot of information to pack into one letter. Understating or overstating the cost of your injuries is one problem you could face, or you could neglect to include miscellaneous damages you suffered. In Arizona, most personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the injury, but there are others, such as job-related injuries, that have different timeframes attached to them. For all these reasons and more, not only is it important that your claim letter is properly written, but you have an experienced personal injury attorney do the letter for you. If you have a legitimate case, you don’t want to lose it before it even begins.
Sending a claim letter is just the start of the process for a personal injury claim lawsuit. As your case proceeds, you’re going to want qualified, experienced, talented attorneys by your side to help you win. At ELG Law, we only handle personal injury cases. Our staff has over 55 years of combined lawyer experience that can help you potentially bring your case to the settlement you deserve. Call ELG Law at 623-321-0566 for a free consultation. The statute of limitations is always ticking away, so contact us today.