Last week, our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks gave you a few important answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we get regarding personal injury law. We are going to continue this 2 part blog series by answering MORE personal injury law FAQs we have received over the years, in this week’s blog. If you have a question that we haven’t covered, please do not hesitate to call our Lake of the Ozarks law firm today. Deputy and Mizell can be reached at our Lebanon office at 417-532-2191 and our Camdenton office at 573-346-9990.
Personal Injury FAQs – Part 2
How much is my personal injury case worth?
This is dependent on a number of factors that are different for each specific case. Factors may include the nature of your injuries, medical bills, possible future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and effects of the injuries on your lifestyle, work, family, etc. Your personal injury attorney can give a rough estimate based on similar cases that they have dealt with, but it is a guess and not a promise.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
The majority of personal injury cases end in a settlement instead of going to trial. The time that it takes to reach a settlement varies and can be hard to predict. If your claim involves substantial injuries and a significant amount of money, it will likely take longer to settle because the insurer will fight harder over it. An insurance company will sometimes offer a fair settlement earlier in the process when you obtain an attorney since they know they have a lower chance of taking advantage of you.
How long will it take to get my check?
Once a settlement is agreed upon, usually, the insurer will send out the check within a week or two of signing the settlement agreement. The timing may depend on whether the insurer waits to send the check until they receive your signed release. Once you receive the check, your attorney will put together a settlement statement that includes the gross amount of money collected and the net amount you receive after all fees, costs, deductions, or reimbursements owed. You will review and sign the settlement statement and then receive your check.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Sometimes insurance companies fight tooth and nail to pay you as little as possible for your personal injury claim. If your attorney does not recommend accepting an offer because it is not fair, then a suit will be filed in the courthouse and could go to trial.
How will I pay for a personal injury attorney?
You should not be worried that you do not have the money to pay for a lawyer. Personal injury attorneys like the ones at Deputy & Mizell work for what is called a contingency fee. This means we collect our fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment we obtain for you. If you get nothing from your case, neither does your attorney.
Have More Questions?
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