The Most Common Questions About Personal Injury Cases

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Filing a personal injury claim can take time to go through the process of receiving a settlement after being involved in an accident that results in bodily harm and other damages. There are commonly asked questions about this process of seeking compensation by individuals who have not been through this legal process, but may be entitled to a settlement for injuries and damages.

What Amount of Time Does it Take for an Injury Claim?

The answer to this question can vary depending on the circumstances, since every accident is different and the severity of the injuries. Generally it can take between six and nine months to file a claim and be compensated, depending on whether the claim is disputed or there are other complex issues such as ongoing medical care or rehabilitation. The more severe the harm or permanent disability the case may take longer to settle, since the claim require a higher amount of compensation, than minor injury claims.

Will the Claim Go to Court?

Most personal injury claims can be settled with the insurance company by negotiating with the personal injury attorney for a fair settlement, which is an out of court settlement. There is a small percentage of claims that cannot be settled for the amount the victim deserves and the accomplished personal injury lawyer will then file a lawsuit, which means taking the case to court to be awarded compensation by a jury. In most cases the insurance company will attempt to avoid going to trial and will settle the claim out of court.

Is there a Time Limit to File a Claim?

There is a statute of limitations for personal injury accidents that begins the day of the event and depending on the defendant the time limit may be of a shorter duration. Consulting a personal injury attorney is the first step in finding out the time limit on the claim, which should be done as soon as possible to ensure they can gather evidence and interview witnesses to determine the value of the claim and file the paperwork within the given amount of time. There are rare cases where a claim can be given a longer time limit than starting from the date of the incident, but this is generally claims for things such as illness caused by a work environment.

Is it Possible to Get Help with Medical Expenses Before Receiving Compensation?

It is possible to have the proper medical care before recovering a settlement in a personal injury. This is done by an agreement with the medical professional that they will be paid when the settlement is obtained. A reputable personal injury attorney can explain this process and make certain the injured victim does not go without the proper medical care or rehabilitation.

How Much is My Claim Worth?

This is a commonly asked question with no definitive answer, because every accident is different. The injuries and other damages are different, as well as the evidence and percentage of negligence. So, there is no definite answer until consulting a personal injury attorney who hears the incident in detail, reviews the medical records, police report and other evidence to determine what the financial value of the claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm in a mishap due to the actions of another person, company or entity you may be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. As soon as possible after the accident it is important to consult a legal professional who can protect your rights to recover compensation and hold the negligent party responsible.

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