FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the value of my injury case?
The answer to this question varies depending on you and your unique circumstances. Every case is different, and the individuals involved sustain injuries on varying levels of severity. An insurance company will investigate and evaluate how severe your injuries are and who was at fault for the accident. However, they may try to assert that your injuries aren’t that bad, or you were partially at fault for the accident so that they can lowball a settlement to save themselves money. That said, five main areas come into play in determining how much personal injury case is worth. Those areas include:
- Lost wages and income
- Lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Past and present medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
How long will my lawsuit take to resolve?
The answer to this question depends upon the number of parties involved and whether the lawsuit goes to trial. Cases that can be resolved without going to trial may conclude in a matter of months, while others of more complexity could take a few years.
How long do I have to file my personal injury lawsuit?
This is a question best answered by your attorney. You are well-advised to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately following your accident. This is to ensure that no time is lost, and all the evidence needed to bring your case to the best possible resolution is preserved. You’ll also want to make sure you file your claim before the legal statute of limitations is up. If you don’t file your lawsuit within this length of time, you could be denied any compensation for your injuries.
What constitutes negligence in my personal injury case?
To prove that someone was negligent, reckless, careless, or engaged in wrongful conduct, your attorney must demonstrate that he or she failed to exercise reasonable consideration and care for the safety of others. If the individual acted unreasonably, then he or she could be considered at fault for the accident. If negligence can be proved, then the individual might be held liable to pay for both financial and non-financial damages.
Should I sign a release form?
You are well-advised to refrain from signing any legal document until you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer. The release form may be asking you to give up your right to seek future compensation. Additionally, the full extent of your injuries and the costs involved with them may not be taken into consideration on a release form.
Should I accept the insurance company's settlement?
Insurance companies are businesses, and they aim to maximize their profit, which means minimizing the amount paid out to injured people. An insurance adjuster is likely looking to pay you the lowest possible amount and close your case quickly. A personal injury attorney can help to ensure that you are getting the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
What if the insurance company requests a formal recorded statement from me?
Answering questions or making any statements about your situation before speaking to a personal injury lawyer could result in saying something about your case that could limit your ability to be compensated.