At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, our lawyers have an extensive understanding of the personal injury claims process. We have been guiding individuals through every step since 1933 and continue to do so today.
For answers to any questions you may have regarding your right to a claim or the process in general, contact our Cranston-area law office online. You may also call us at 888-591-9976 to schedule a free consult regarding your injury.
What Is the Personal Injury Claims Process in Rhode Island?
After an accident, the first step is to seek the proper medical attention and ensure that 911 is contacted if necessary. Next, it is critical to speak with a lawyer to ensure that you are compensated if the negligence of another person caused your injuries.
The first step an attorney will take is to investigate your matter to determine whether or not a claim exists. After a thorough investigation is conducted, a formal complaint will be filed with the court identifying all parties involved. Then the discovery process formally begins. This is where the attorneys will interview witnesses in depositions and request documents from the other parties involved to further build your case.
After and during discovery, negotiations will take place. If a favorable result can be reached outside of court, this is where that would happen. If the other side is unwilling to compromise, our attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum will take your case to court. Going to trial is the final step in most personal injury cases.
If you have questions regarding the injury claims process in Rhode Island, our Providence-area law firm can help.
Top Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself During the Claims Process
There are many things you can do immediately following an accident that will help your attorney throughout your claims process. Some things include:
- Gather the information of everyone involved in your accident, including insurance information
- Take photos of the scene of the accident
- Make sure the police are contacted so a report gets filled out
- Take down the names and information of any witnesses
- Write down everything you recall from the accident (memory is likely to fade as time passes)
There are also steps you can take throughout the claims process that can assist your legal team as well. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney regarding the specifics of your case. It is safe to assume that you should not use social media to comment about your accident. Many comments or photos can be taken out of context when used online, so speak with your lawyer prior to posting on any social media site.
Further, avoid coming to any terms or signing anything from an insurance company before speaking with your lawyer. Anything you agree to can severely limit your potential award further down the road.
Consult With Our Cranston Firm for Answers Regarding the Personal Injury Process
For more than eight decades, our lawyers at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum have been protecting the rights of those throughout Rhode Island. Call 888-591-9976 to find out more about protecting yours.