When you are injured in a car accident and opt to pursue compensation, you might wonder what the process will entail. There are some points that you should be aware of when you embark upon the process so that you are prepared.

One thing that you might go through is pre-trial negotiation. This would occur if you and the other side are willing to consider a settlement for the accident. This might not be possible in all cases because the two sides might not be able to come to an agreement. When an agreement is reached, the settlement would resolve the case. When no agreement is reached, a lawsuit would be the next step.

Filing a lawsuit involves several different considerations. One of these is who was at fault for the accident and what portion of fault that party is assigned. This isn’t something that is always easy to determine, but it is necessary since it can impact your claim.

Another consideration is what types of damages you are going to seek compensation for. This could include medical care, property damage, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other types. Knowing which ones apply to your case and being able to assign monetary amounts to each one is important.

Ultimately, the unique circumstances of your car accident will play a part in how your case is handled. Knowing what laws apply in your case and what options you have can help you to evaluate each option so that you can make a choice of how you are going to move forward with your claim.

Source: FindLaw, “Car Accident Lawsuit Basics,” accessed Dec. 02, 2016