If you have no experience or history and personal injury, you may have a lot of questions. While motor vehicle accidents are very common, not everyone has been involved in them. In the event that one occurs (or any injury incident, for that matter), having questions is normal. While every personal injury case is different, the questions are fairly the same.
Do I have to go to court to reach a settlement?
No. Many personal injury cases never see a courtroom. Most cases are actually settled before a lawsuit ever has to be filed. While claims are opened with insurance companies, you can speak with an attorney and have him or her negotiate your settlement with the insurance company without ever going to court.
What if I have prior injuries?
No matter if you have suffered injuries in the past, if the liability is clear and there are new stemming injuries, prior injuries that are aggravated, or even if this new incident caused an individual to return to treatment, you may still be entitled to compensation.
Is there a maximum I can be awarded?
This is usually depending on the policy limits. Many insurance companies do not settle beyond their policy limits for claims. In many cases the maximum is the policy limits, but this does not mean you have to stop there. Some injuries and loss is so extensive you may be awarded more than the policy limits.
When should I let my case settle?
There are statutes of limitation for many cases to pursue a lawsuit. A personal injury is usually two years. However cases cannot last forever. Usually it is advised that you should file a case if you are still treating and incurring bills. This ultimately depends on your case, every case is different.
No matter your questions, it is always best to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about your case to be better advised. Personal injury claims can be overwhelming, whether or not you have been involved in one before. If you and your loved ones are the victim of a personal injury and wish to pursue a personal injury claim, contact an attorney in the area the incident occurred to see what your legal options are and what you should do. You may have several questions and want to ask an attorney, like a personal injury attorney from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. They will be able to assist you and answer questions for you.