Being injured because of someone else’s negligence can be overwhelming, especially in the midst of medical concerns, costs and expenses. Additional financial concerns may also trouble the victim who has suffered a personal injury, including lost earnings. Other financial, physical and emotional struggles may confront the victim as well, following a car accident.

A personal injury claim for damages may be able to help with some of the harm suffered following a personal injury such as a personal injury suffered in a car accident. For some victims, however, the personal injury claims process may seem intimidating. It can be helpful to be familiar with the process so that victims can understand what to expect.

The first step in the process of making a claim for damages is to collect information concerning the date of car accident, the place the car accident took place and the circumstances surrounding the car accident. It is important for victims to keep accurate and careful records, to the extent they are able to do so, related to the car accident, the injuries suffered and the damages, such as medical expenses, incurred as a result of the car accident.

An accident investigation may be conducted and medical providers will also be contacted to obtain records related to all of the victim’s medical care and treatment. Different outcomes may be associated with a personal injury claim, including trial or settlement. Settlements involving insurance carriers are reached in a number of cases and compensation for the damages the victim has suffered may be obtained.

Understanding the personal injury claims process may help ease any anxiety a victim might experience related to the making a claim for damages. The legal process is designed to help protect victims of car accidents and those who have been injured by a negligent driver or other negligent party.