Collecting Damages After Accident

Collecting Damages After a Judgment

So, you won your personal injury case—But can you collect? Winning your personal injury case does not necessarily mean that you will get money. Usually, in a personal injury case, a defendant has insurance available to pay any verdict that you get in court. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes defendants do not have insurance because they simply did not buy any insurance coverage, or their policy does not cover the type of situation that you sued them for. For example, many policies do not cover liability for dog bites. So, if the defendant does not have insurance and you do not have applicable insurance of your own—such as uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage in an auto case, your only option is to try to collect your judgment out of the defendant’s personal assets. Sadly, defendants in this position often will either not have many assets or not have assets that someone else is not in line ahead of you to get their hands on. These defendants may hide their assets or, more frequently, file for bankruptcy and have your judgment wiped clear. In some states, certain types of judgments cannot be erased in bankruptcy. Judgments for actions such as battery or other intentional torts—or for accidents caused by driving under the influence—often cannot be wiped out by bankruptcy. Otherwise, you may be left with a verdict that you can frame and hang on your wall,  but that is all the value it has. The key here is to know who you are suing before you proceed to trial. Your lawyer should take the lead in any such investigation. An uninsured person teetering on the verge of bankruptcy isn’t worth suing in the first place.

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Every personal injury case is unique, and each case presents different challenges. The best way to face these challenges is to retain a personal injury attorney who understands how to obtain relevant evidence to support your personal injury claim. An accident can be a very traumatic event and can leave you feeling vulnerable. If you were recently injured in a traffic accident and sustained injuries, you may want to think about retaining a car accident attorney if you’re not comfortable thinking or speaking on your feet or if you would like to focus on your recovery and medical care. If you would like to talk about your accident and get some legal advice as to how to proceed or want to hire a car accident lawyer to begin working on your personal injury claim, our team is here to help. An experienced and skilled car accident lawyer can help obtain a favorable resolution of your case. At our firm, our policy is that if you don’t recover compensation, you won’t pay any fees for our services. Not to mention, we also provide free case consultations where we assess the circumstances surrounding your case and give you an objective overview of what steps you can take going forward if you decide to act against the party responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys are ready to provide proven legal representation and stand ready to protect your rights. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation! At our firm, our policy is that if you don’t recover compensation, you won’t pay any fees for our services. Not to mention, we also provide free case consultations where we assess the circumstances surrounding your case and give you an objective overview of what steps you can take going forward if you decide to act against the party responsible for your injuries. For over 19 years, we have delivered quality legal representation for people who, through no fault of their own, have been injured in all types of accident and incidents. We are available 24/7 to give you a free, no risk case consultation.

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