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Personal Injury 101


What Does Personal Injury Mean?

Personal injury is a legal term which refers to a type of lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit has suffered some harm to his or her body or mind. Personal injury lawsuits can be filed against any person or entity who has caused harm through negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct.

What Are the Steps In a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

  1. Seek Medical Treatment

    Not only is your health your top priority, but unless you get checked by a doctor immediately after your accident, the insurance company might not believe you were actually hurt.

  2. Consult With An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

    Anything more severe than a minor claim will require a lawyer. It’s possible and realistic to settle a small personal injury claim on your own, but it’s absolutely necessary to consult a lawyer for more significant personal injury claims.

  3. Your Lawyer Will Investigate the Claim and Review Medical Records

    Your lawyer will conduct an in-depth interview with you to discuss the accident, your background, and any medical conditions and subsequent treatment you’ve received as a result of your injury. This is a crucial step to obtaining the compensation you deserve, so be as honest and detailed as possible. Your lawyer will then obtain your medical records and determine the accumulated costs pertaining to your injury. Once this process has been completed, your lawyer will determine if there is a valid case, as well as its potential worth.

  4. Your Lawyer Will Consider Making a Demand

    Your lawyer will determine whether it’s in your best interest to settle. If so, he or she will make a demand to the defendant’s attorney or insurance company. The majority of all minor personal injury claims settle before ever seeing a courtroom. An experienced personal injury lawyer will not settle before filing a lawsuit if your injury claim involves permanent injuries or impairment.

  5. A Lawsuit is Filed

    If your lawyer determines it’s in your best interest to file a lawsuit, be patient with the process. Depending on the circumstances, a lawsuit must be filed within specific and strict time limits called statutes of limitation.

  6. Discovery Process

    All parties concerned will investigate each others’ legal claims and defenses. This process generally consists of sending each other interrogatories and documentation thereof, as well as taking depositions of any witnesses involved in the case.

  7. Mediation and Negotiation

    After the discovery period, both sides’ lawyers will discuss a potential settlement. It’s not uncommon for lawyers to settle a case by talking it out among themselves. Agreeing on a settlement isn’t a guarantee, and the possibility of mediation may arise as a final attempt to reach an agreement before going to trial.

  8. Trial

    If mediation is unsuccessful, the case will be scheduled for trial. A personal injury trial can last a day, a week, or possibly longer.

How Long Can A Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

Most personal injury cases can be settled rather quickly if you’re willing to accept less money than what your claim is potentially worth. In general, personal injury cases do take some time to settle.

There are a few primary reasons why a personal injury case may take time to settle including:

  1. Legal or factual problems with the case
  2. Significant damages are at stake
  3. There are existing opportunities to medically improve from your injuries

Legal or factual problems with the case

If there are issues with proving liability, the insurer will be less likely to offer a reasonable settlement until the plaintiff’s lawyer puts the case to suit and hires liability experts to prove the fault was indeed in the hands of the defendant.

Issues with damages can also delay the process. There may be doubts regarding whether negligence actually caused your injuries. Remember, the burden falls on your lawyer to prove the defendant’s behavior caused your injuries. If there are doubts, the insurer will not make a reasonable offer.

Finally, if the insurer believes you don’t have a right to sue because of legal issues, an insurer will not make a valid offer on the case until a judge has ruled that you have the right to sue.

Significant damages are at stake

Another variable which can inevitably delay settlements is simple: cases involving large damages will guarantee that insurers will take their time with due diligence. In these cases, every aspect regarding liability and damages will be heavily scrutinized.

There are existing opportunities to medically improve from your injuries

The final reason why your settlement may be delayed is whether you’re still being treated for your injuries. It is therefore in your best interest, whenever possible, to wait until you have reached a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI).

The point of maximum medical improvement (MMI) means that you can no longer medically improve from your injuries. You ideally want to wait until reaching MMI, because at this point your lawyer will know how to value your damages with more clarity.

In summary, the insurer will not pay a large settlement until they are convinced of the following:

  • They cannot successfully defend against your case
  • Your sustained injuries are as severe as you claim
  • Your credibility cannot be attacked

Contact Us To Find Out How We Can Help

Our firm never charges any upfront fees. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay a thing unless we win or settle your case. Our firm handles cases of all sizes, from simple to complex. We are experienced trial lawyers with the knowledge and resources to represent injury victims in all types of accident cases. Our attorneys are dedicated to obtaining justice for clients from all walks of life, regardless of how large or small the matter.

We are available 24/7 – around the clock, so you can contact us any time and we will be available to you during this trying time. You can contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling our caring staff at 213 927 3700 or emailing [email protected].



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