Personal Injury Lawyer
An accident can destabilize the foundations of anyone’s physical, emotional and financial base. Being injured because of the accident only adds stress, and you’ll need to figure out how to support yourself with increasing medical bills while potentially being unable to work. Here are the answers to common questions about an injury that can help you determine whether you should pursue a personal injury claim.
What Should You Do Immediately After the Accident?
First, check to make sure that everyone is okay. Get medical attention if needed. Call the police and give them your statement. Get a copy of the report afterward and take pictures of the accident. Exchange contact and insurance information with the other person involved. If anyone witnessed the accident, get a small statement from them to be used as evidence.
How Long Should You Wait to Seek Medical Attention?
It is pertinent that you get medical attention as soon as possible if you are injured or suspect that you may be. The longer you wait to get help, the worse it will look for your claim later. It is easier for an insurance company to disregard your claim if too much time has passed between the accident and the date on a doctor’s report. The most time you should consider waiting is 72 hours following the accident.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?
There can be a large variation in the time it takes for personal injury cases to finally settle. Problems with legality or evidence, medical treatment and reports, and the amount of money involved can all extend the case. An average case timeline lasts from several weeks to several years, and it can be very difficult to accurately predict how long your own case will take.
How Do You Estimate the Value of a Case?
Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to predict how much money you’ll eventually receive out of a settlement. Ads claiming to obtain millions for clients may be true, but those cases are likely highly unusual or specialized. Most cases will cover the amount for extra expenses and damages caused by the accident.
If you aren’t sure how much your case is worth or want to know how long it may take, consult with a lawyer, like a personal injury lawyer, at the law offices of Davis & Brusca, LLC. A well-practiced lawyer can give you a solid, honest answer to your questions. He or she can help represent you, if need be, or manage important affairs surrounding the case.