Your Personal Injury Case
Highlights of Your Personal Injury Case
How Much is My Case Worth and How Long will it Take to Reach Conclusion?Over 35 years of experience in handling person injury lawsuits has shown
that each case is unique and that a case*s value depends upon a combination of three important factors: liability, damages, and the amount of available insurance coverage and/or the ability of the responsible party to pay.
Liability depends upon whether someone other than yourself is legally responsible for your injury. Damages will depend upon the nature and extent of your injury, its permanency, the amount of medical care and treatment, the type of medical treatment, length of hospitalization, length of disability, time out from work, pain and suffering, and the extent of recovery.
Litigation through the court system can be a long and tedious process. Hospital and medical reports must be obtained, the facts must be investigated, a lawsuit must be initiated and cases may be involved in substantial motion practice and lengthy discovery. A deposition (examination before trial) will be required in many cases.
Only when all of these preliminary proceedings have been completed can the case be placed on the court calendar and assigned a calendar number for trial.
Some insurance companies intentionally delay settling cases and accordingly, may not make any serious or substantial settlement offers until the case is on the *courthouse steps*. Fortunately, not all insurance companies take advantage of the delays in the court system and often cases are settled before that time. If your case can be settled before the case is reached for trial, thus avoiding the wait on the trial calendar, we will discuss the settlement offer with you and give you our recommendations.
What does the Client Need to Do?In order to successfully handle a personal injury case, it is necessary that both the client and attorney work together towards the common goal of obtaining a satisfactory financial recovery. Clients can greatly assist by complying with the following recommendations:
a. Do not discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with anyone, not the adverse insurance carrier, not even your own insurance carrier or agent, regardless of how persistent they are, unless prior approval has been obtained from our office.
b. Keep accurate records of any and all medical and other expenses incurred as a result of your injury and promptly forward copies to our office.
c. Keep accurate records of lost time from work, including lost overtime and dates of confinement to bed, home and/or hospital.
d. Notify our office if it comes to your attention that there may be a new witness to your case, or that any of the witnesses have moved.
e. Notify our office of significant changes in your medical condition and inform us if you are treated by different or additional physicians.
f. Notify our office of any change in your address, marital status or contact information.