It is common to feel your head whirling with questions after a major injury or accident. Should you use a lawyer to compensate for personal injury? What is your claim about, and when? Will your pain and suffering be reimbursed?
If you or a loved one has been wounded by another’s fault, before you decide to pursue a compensation you must have a complete understanding of how the personal injury claim functions. This is what you’re going to need to know.
There Are Many Types of Personal Injury Cases
If you hear the term “personal injury case” and immediately think of car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions, you’re not alone. But while car accidents are a common type of personal injury case, there are many others that arise due to the negligence, wrongdoing or carelessness of another individual or entity, including medical or legal malpractice, assault, birth injury or even sexual abuse.
Your Time to Pursue a Claim May Be Limited
If the negligence of another has caused harm to you or a loved one, it’s important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible, since the state you live in may have statutes of limitations, depending on your case. Of course, certain claims can be extremely difficult for victims to pursue — especially for sexual abuse survivors. But JJS offers compassionate counsel and legal support to help you move forward in the process despite your difficult situation.
Most Personal Injury Claims Are Resolved with a Settlement
Every case is unique and will therefore follow a different timeline, depending on a number of factors — including whether or not it needs to go to trial. However, because of the sheer volume of personal injury cases that overwhelm the court system at any time, they’re mostly settled outside of court in order to avoid lengthy trials and uncertain outcomes.
If a case is fairly straightforward, with clear liability, it can settle relatively quickly. Your personal injury lawyer will negotiate a monetary settlement with the insurance company or defendant based on one of more of the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Impairment of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Property damage to your vehicle
Insurance Company Settlement Offers Aren’t Always Fair
It’s unfortunate, but true — insurance companies are simply not on your side when it comes to paying out a claim. In fact, most are trained to settle claims for less than the cost of actual medical expenses and lost wages incurred, in order to protect their own bottom line.
If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another, you deserve full personal injury compensation for your suffering. Partnering with an experienced personal injury attorney helps secure that financial compensation, especially since insurance companies are more likely to give your case the attention it deserves when you’re represented by a legal expert.