What is the difference between a personal injury claim and a personal injury lawsuit?

When a victim has been injured in an accident caused by another party or parties, they are legally entitled to pursue damages for financial compensation for the losses their injuries have caused. Many people use the phrases personal injury claim and personal injury lawsuit interchangeably, however, there are differences, including:

Victims often retain the services of a personal injury attorney to assist in this process. The first step is usually to file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. In the majority of cases, the two sides will negotiate a settlement and come to an agreement of the amount the victim deserves. When they cannot agree, the attorney will file a lawsuit in civil court where a jury or judge will determine if the party named is at-fault and, if so, how much the victim deserves.

 

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