In personal injury law cases, knowing the laws is your first step. Before you decide if you’ll sue or ask for damages, before you factor in how much this injury damaged your life, you need to know exactly what your options are. This is because knowing the laws can mean the difference between a successful claim and one that fails. This article will educate you on the law, helping you make key decisions such as claiming damages, hiring a lawyer, and getting compensation.
What can you sue for?
This is the most common question asked. You can claim damages in many, many ways, so many that it takes a lawyer looking over your case to explain exactly what you can sue for. If you suffered a major injury in a car accident, you might sue for hospital fees, further pain and suffering, loss of income from your job, and loss of enjoyment of life. You can claim a variety of more things, but it’s best to be patient with your doctors and with your injury in order to see the full scope of it.
When do you need a lawyer?
You should consult with a lawyer immediately, and never take a deal without consulting one. A personal injury lawyer is your chance to prove to the insurer, hospital, or company you’re suing how serious you are. With a personal injury lawyer helping, you can save valuable time in the case, look over any offers made, and quite often with your claim. Accordingly, when you are feeling ready for a lawsuit, you should consult with some lawyers and hire one with time and experience in injury law cases.
How long does this process take?
This is unfortunately not a race to the finish; personal injury cases can really drag on. The first problem is that you need to find out the full scope of your injury, and this takes time. Typically, in injury cases you don’t know everything in the beginning; you may in fact suffer further injury in a few months. This makes it important to wait six months to 1 year for a final doctor report. After that, the trial can take some time too. However, most personal injury law cases are settled before court even begins.
What if you’re offered a settlement?
If you are offered a settlement instead of going to court, this is a decision to be made with professional counsel, your lawyer. You have to compare the settlement offered to how much you think you can win. In most instances where the settlement covers the major points, you want to accept. This is, however, not a choice to be made in haste.
How much can you get?
You can never know how much your lawsuit is exactly worth, but you can get an idea from similar cases. Yes, some personal injury lawsuits end with big numbers, but if you can prove fault and/or negligence in a case, you can quite often either get a good offer or win in court.
What if you lose the lawsuit?
If you lose your personal injury lawsuit, the case is not over. In fact, you can go to appeals court and still have a chance of winning. However, you have to consider how much all of this might cost you in terms of time and money. On the other hand, if the laws were not followed correctly, appeals court can right the error.