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Personal Injury FAQs

Shep Law Group  Nov. 29, 2023

Dealing with a personal injury can be a daunting experience, laced with uncertainty, stress, and numerous questions about what the future holds. The aftermath of an accident can often feel like navigating through uncharted territory, leaving you feeling lost and overwhelmed. As such, it is only natural to seek answers and understanding regarding the legal aspects of your situation.  

At Shep Law Group, we're more than just lawyers—we're your allies in the face of adversity. We understand the confusion and anxiety that can follow an accident, and we're here to provide the guidance you need during this challenging time, assessing your most pressing questions about personal injury claims in Idaho, and providing you with the knowledge and peace of mind necessary for your path to recovery. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Idaho

In Idaho, we operate under a fault-based system for personal injury claims. This means that the party at fault for the accident is responsible for compensating the injured party. However, if you were partially at fault for the accident, your compensation might be reduced by your percentage of fault due to Idaho’s comparative negligence rule. 

When you've been hurt in an accident, it's crucial to gather evidence such as photographs, witness statements, and medical records to support your claim. You should also report the accident to your insurance company. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injuries

If you're facing a personal injury, it's important to get the answers to your most important questions. These questions address common concerns and provide general insights into personal injury claims.  

What should I do after an accident? 

Your safety and well-being are paramount. Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries, even those that seem minor at first. Document every detail of the accident, including photos, witness contact information, and police reports. Inform your insurance company about the incident and explore your legal options. 

What if I was partially at fault? 

Even if you were partially at fault, Idaho's comparative negligence rule could still allow you to receive compensation. However, your compensation may be reduced according to your level of fault. I don't feel hurt. Should I still see a doctor? 

Absolutely. Some injuries may not show immediate symptoms. It's essential to get a thorough medical check-up after an accident. Not only does this ensure your well-being, but it also helps document your condition for your personal injury claim. 

Should I talk with the insurance adjuster? 

We advise you to consult with your personal injury attorney before speaking with an insurance adjuster. These professionals work for the insurance company, not for you, and their goal is often to minimize your claim. Your attorney can guide you on how to communicate effectively with the insurance company while protecting your rights. 

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim? 

In Idaho, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. However, there may be exceptions for certain types of claims. To ensure you meet all necessary deadlines, it's important to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. 

What if I'm injured and the other party has no insurance? 

If the at-fault party is uninsured, you may still seek compensation through your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. We recommend consulting with a personal injury attorney to help navigate this process. 

I filed a lawsuit. What happens next? 

Once a lawsuit is filed, the legal process begins. This may include discovery, negotiations, and potentially a trial. Our team at Shep Law Group will guide you through each step of the process and advocate for your rights and interests. 

Who pays for the damages after an accident? 

In a personal injury claim, the at-fault party is generally responsible for compensating the injured party. However, if the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured, other avenues of compensation may need to be pursued. 

Do I need to hire a personal injury attorney? 

While it's not mandatory to hire a personal injury attorney, it is highly beneficial. A seasoned attorney can guide you through the complex legal process, gather essential evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your rights. 

Why Shep Law Group Is Your Ideal Legal Partner

At Shep Law Group, we don’t just represent you; we stand with you. Our experienced team will navigate every step of the process with you, providing expert advice and empathetic service. Don't face this challenging time alone—reach out to us. We'll shoulder the burden of your case while you focus on what truly matters—your recovery. If you're in the Boise or Meridian, Idaho, area—including Ada County, Canyon County, or anywhere throughout the state—contact us today to begin this journey toward justice.