If you recently suffered an accident prompted by somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. A successful personal injury claim could lead to coverage for medical bills, emotional duress, or even punitive damages. First, however, it’s important to know your rights as plaintiff. A few key rights are outlined below:
Right to Legal Counsel
First and foremost, you enjoy the right to counsel and representation from an attorney of your choosing. Do not settle with the insurance company of the at-fault driver before you get the chance to speak with a lawyer.
Right to Trial
Prepared for the possibility of trial, your attorney can advocate aggressively on your behalf, thereby delivering a better result.
Right to Discoverable Information
During the discovery process, your attorney can unearth data to support your case. As plaintiff, you must provide a preponderance of evidence to indicate the other person’s negligence. Examples could include medical evaluations, police records, and depositions.
Right to Privacy
Not all information is discoverable; increasingly, today’s courts respect plaintiffs’ and third parties’ right to privacy. For example, this right protects plaintiffs from divulging information about sexuality or religious beliefs unless this information is directly relevant to the case.
As plaintiff, it’s easy to forget the full range of rights you enjoy. A proactive approach (guided by a skilled personal injury attorney) will allow you to secure the damages you deserve.
If you need money immediately from your case to pay for urgent surgery or medical care, Southcare can help. We can help you get money fast to deal with a personal cash flow shortage after an accident.