There are many types of injuries that can happen to you (a slip and fall, a work accident, a car accident). No case will ever be the same. With that in mind these are the important steps you can take to a file a claim.
You need to consider if any insurance policy will help cover your injuries. Does the opposing party have insurance? Do they have liability coverage? If your injury wasn’t that serious and the party at fault doesn’t have insurance policy, it may not be best to pursue a claim.
The next step would be to decide whether or not to hire an attorney. There’s no harm in discussing your case with an attorney, it’s not the same as hiring them. Law & Solution also operates on a “contingency” basis, so that you don’t have to pay unless you win your case! If the other side is willing to put up a fight, or the issue is deeply complex, then it would be beneficial to have an attorney fighting for you.
Lastly, you need to decide if you want to file a lawsuit. Sometimes settlements are reached before they even go to trial. In which case, you need their insurance carrier and policy number. If you decide to go to trial and file a lawsuit, then you can file your complaint to the local branch of your civil court. You also have to take into consideration California’s Civil Statute of Limitations. For personal injury, you have two years to file a lawsuit from the time of incident.