You always have the right to seek compensation for your personal injuries, but identifying what you can claim and how to go about it can be challenging if you don’t know the law or legal protocol. When it comes to personal injury claims, it’s best to learn as much as you can and to seek professional legal counsel who will make sure your best interests are represented. Let’s take a look at five important facts about personal injury that you should understand prior to starting a claim.
Many Personal Injury Cases Don’t Go to Trial
The vast majority of personal injury cases never actually make it to trial. In fact, it can help save you money and time if your case doesn’t go to court. Ultimately, it’s the job of your lawyer to attempt first to settle your case through settlement discussions, meetings, or mediation.
Just One Accident Can Result in Several Lawsuits
One accident doesn’t usually result in one lawsuit; there can be numerous court actions and most common one against the at-fault party, the accident benefits insurer, and the long-term disability insurer.
You Can Seek Compensation for More Than Physical Injuries
As you may or may not know, personal injury encompasses more than just physical injury claims. In fact, you can be compensated for any life-altering effects of the accident. This includes both emotional and psychological, such as anxiety or depression. You can also be compensated for loss of income during your recovery or if you are unable to return to work after the injury. Finally, close family members can also be compensated for expenses related to your recovery and care.
There is a Statute of Limitations
If you don’t file a lawsuit as outlined within the statute of limitations, you might not be able to make a claim. Furthermore, there are several types of personal injury lawsuits, each with it’s own time limit on filing a claim. This is why it’s important to seek legal advice at the onset of your injury so the lawyer can begin your case immediately.
It’s Final Once You Settle
As soon as you settle your case with the insurance company, you waive your right to pursue additional compensation. So as to avoid any surprises, consider talking to a lawyer who can help you understand the ins and outs of the process and can also ensure you get the best compensation for your case. Ultimately, you don’t want to get stuck with a settlement you’re not happy with. After an accident, insurance adjusters will try to deal with you directly. However, they don’t offer much when it comes to settling claims. That’s why it’s imperative to speak with an attorney who can make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve. Contact Tait & Hall today for a free consultation.