You may have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident. Maybe you were the driver or the passenger or maybe you were a pedestrian or were just there riding your bike. Or maybe your injury is due to medical malpractice. This could have been the result of negligence by a doctor, a nurse, a healthcare facility or a hospital. You could have been misdiagnosed or maybe been the victim of a medical mistake or an error committed by your pharmacy.
Somebody you love may have suffered a severe injury due to the carelessness of someone else. It might be a nursing home, a severe car crash, a sports injury or the fact that they consumed a defective or dangerous product. Or maybe you or someone you loved suffered an accident at work or might even have been killed, or you slipped and fell in a commercial establishment and injured yourself.
It’s quite obvious that the list of reasons why you may want to go forward with a personal injury claim. But, how do you get started? The first step is to talk to a personal injury attorney and familiarize them with the details of your case.
Getting started with your personal injury case
Any kind of injury or accident can lead to a personal injury case. Personal injury allows an individual that has been injured to receive compensation because someone else acted negligently. But before starting on a claim, you should seek medical treatment to take care of your injuries. Then, talk to an experienced lawyer. Your case will be reviewed and your lawyer will advise you as to whether the best option is to file a lawsuit or negotiate with the other party.
Once the lawsuit is filed
Your lawyer needs to do some investigation. They need to know what the other party’s legal defenses and claims are. This process may take some months or more. Once this information has been uncovered your lawyer will advise you as to the best course of action to follow. You might either end up negotiating with the other party and coming up with a settlement amount. Or you may end up going to trial.
On average, how long does it take to settle a personal injury claim?
Delays may crop up at any point. The discovery process may take longer than expected and even the trial might end up being rescheduled due to no fault of yours but simply because the court is busy or for any number of other harmless reasons.
Factors that play a role in the length of a case include the severity of your injuries and the length of time it will take for you to recover your health. Also, if there are inconsistencies in the facts of the claim, delays may ensue. However, in general terms, you can be sure that there is no way to know exactly how long a trial to settle a personal injury will end up taking.
When you are ready to get started on the road to recovery for your damages due to a personal injury you or a loved one have suffered, talk to a lawyer that understands personal injury and can help you get the results you want and you deserve. Set up your no-obligation initial consultation today.