Common Questions When Seeking Settlement for a Personal Injury Claim
Latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than 80 million Americans visit physicians offices and emergency departments for injuries each year. Falls, motor vehicle accidents, environmental injuries, bites, and firearms rank high amongst the causes of most personal injuries. With these types of accidents occurring every hour of every day, many lives are disrupted from regular day-to-day activities like attending work, and can leave families dealing with unnecessary daily pain or suffering and medical bills. Unfortunately, your personal injury may be the result of someone else’s poor choice or negligent action. If this is the case for your situation, you may have a personal injury claim to make and benefit from receiving compensation to help with your medical treatment and recovery.
Do I really need a lawyer to make my claim?
If you have a serious injury that is impacting the way you live you should contact a personal injury lawyer to assist you with your case. If you are unable to figure out who is at fault for your injury or the insurance company is telling you that you do not need an attorney, it is also a good idea to hire one. An experienced lawyer can review your case, collect evidence, medical bills, loss of income, and the circumstances of your injury, determine who is at fault, and help you to decide whether to pursue legal action in hopes to reach a settlement agreement. Attorneys can counsel you on the next steps in what can turn out to be a difficult, expensive, and time-consuming legal process of seeking a settlement. Allow a professional to handle the work so you can focus on getting on with your life.
How do I accept a personal injury settlement?
Once your case is reviewed, a personal injury settlement agreement may be reached between both parties in a civil lawsuit. It may start with you being offered a settlement amount in attempt to keep the case from going to trial. It will be up to you, with the counsel of your attorney, to accept or reject this amount. This can be a difficult and personal decision to make but can often be made easier with the knowledge and experience of an attorney to guide you.
If you have agreed to the personal injury settlement offer, it will then need to be confirmed. A letter to the adjuster will be drafted. It will detail the amount agreed upon for the claim, the damages it covers, and the time it will take for the insurance company to send the necessary documents. Having a written record prevents the adjuster from going back on his or her word.
If you decide to reject the initial offer, a settlement conference will be held to push for more money or pursue a trial in the hopes that the court will award more in damages than the initial settlement offer.
Will I have to go to court?
The majority of lawsuits are settled before they get to trial. You may have to go to court and seek a trial and jury verdict if your case doesn’t settle.
Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your personal injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today (888) 204-8440for your FREE consultation!