You’ve likely heard the term “personal injury” thrown around, but do you know what it really means? Personal injury can be very broad. When someone says they might have a personal injury case, that could mean one of many things. Perhaps they were injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, at work, at a hospital, or maybe even in a boating accident. On that note, our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few personal injury points to keep top of mind if you have a pending case, in this week’s blog. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call an experienced personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Deputy and Mizell can be reached at 417-532-2191 for a consultation, the first one is free.
Personal Injury Points To Keep Top Of Mind If You Have A Pending Case
FILE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
This is dependent on the statute of limitations of the particular state. In Missouri, you must file your personal injury claim in civil court within five years of the incident that caused injury. However, it is best to pursue a claim as soon as possible while the evidence is still fresh. This will help in proving liability and the scope of damages.
PROOF IS KEY.
Many personal injury cases involve a he-said/she-said situation that can be initially unclear of what exactly happened. Developing a plan of action to prove who caused the injury is exactly what an experienced attorney will do for you.
KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN GET.
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.
BE PREPARED FOR HOW LONG THE PROCESS MAY TAKE.
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.
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.
Do You Think You Might Have a Valid Personal Injury Case?
If so, we encourage you to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney in Mid-Missouri sooner rather than later. If you’re hoping to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, sooner is best! Give us a call today. Deputy and Mizell is here for you! We have helped countless victims who have suffered serious injuries at the hands of another. To learn more and ask about your personal injury case, give us a call today at the Lebanon phone number listed below. We are here to help!
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