Settlement depends largely on the injury, the at fault party, the insurance company, the insurance adjuster and the attorneys involved. The time for settlements changes if a claim escalates to an actual lawsuit. A personal injury attorney will be able to give you more information after a thorough evaluation of your specific circumstances.
What information should I gather at the accident scene?
First ensure your safety and those with you. Obtain the medical attention necessary to ensure the health and safety of your loved ones.
Do not sign any legal documents until you have come to understand your legal rights. Do not give a statement to an insurance company unless it is in your best interests.
You should gather as much information and supporting documentation as possible at the scene of an accident. Try to get as many of the following items as possible:
oName and insurance company of the at fault party
oIdentity and contact information of all possible witnesses
oThe make, model, year, color and license plate number of other vehicle.
oPhotos of damage to your car which was damaged as a result of the accident.
oPolice report, if applicable.
What documents should I bring with me when I meet with a lawyer?
Bring any documents that might help your case. Police accident reports, for example, contain eyewitness accounts and details about auto accidents. Copies of medical reports from doctors and hospitals which you have obtained will describe your injuries. Information about the other driver is extremely helpful, as are any photographs you have of the accident or of your injury. If you do not have these documents in your possession, do not worry.
Should I give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster?
You are absolutely not at any time obligated to give a recorded statement without the presence of a personal injury attorney to represent you, and if you do, it my later be used against you. It is the best practice to consult and attorney prior to giving a recorded statement so that your rights regarding your claim are not prejudiced.
What Amount of Money is "Fair Compensation" For my Personal Injury Claim?
Depending on your jurisdiction you may seek compensation for:
oMedical expenses already incurred,
oMedical expenses to be incurred in the future,
oLoss of earning capacity,
oMental or emotional suffering,
oProperty damage, and