5 Personal Injury Questions and Answers
Sustaining an injury and choosing to move forward with filing a personal injury claim may often leave you with more questions than answers. For those who have never had to deal with the legal system before, it can be challenging to navigate the process alone. Before getting too weighed down with the details, here are some answers to the most common questions you may have during this time.
1. How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
For personal injury claims in Colorado, the most crucial component is often knowing whether the injured person can prove that they were owed a duty of care, someone breached this duty, and it caused an injury. These are known as the elements of negligence, and they are usually the foundation of personal injury claims.
When you've been wrongly injured in a car accident, workplace accident, on someone's property, or in another scenario, it's important that you have a clear idea of what occurred that led to your injury. Consulting with a personal injury attorney can help you better understand whether the incident occurred as a result of negligence.
2. How Long Will My Case Take?
The amount of time your case will take can vary depending on the severity of your injuries, how much evidence is available, and whether the liable party is cooperative. If you've been injured in a car accident, for example, and the other driver was clearly at fault, then their insurance company may be more likely to offer a quick settlement.
If you're dealing with more severe injuries that will require long-term treatment or have resulted in disability, your case may take longer as insurance companies fight against paying out a larger settlement. In these instances, it's imperative to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
3. How Do I Deal with the Insurance Company?
Dealing with insurance companies is often the most stressful part of the personal injury claims process. As obvious as it may sound, one of the best ways you can deal with the insurance company is to leave all communication between them and your attorney.
Insurance companies are notorious for giving misinformation to claimants and may even try to get claims dropped by devaluing or delaying payments. In other cases, the company may suggest that you should give a recorded statement or not have an attorney so the process will go faster - not only are these notions false but they can cause you to have lower compensation than you deserve. Working with an attorney can ensure that these situations don't occur.
4. What Should I Look For in a Lawyer?
When looking for a personal injury attorney, you should find someone who has experience with cases similar to yours and is familiar with the applicable laws. It's also important that you feel comfortable talking to your lawyer and that they make you feel your case is a priority.
Some qualities that are important in a good personal injury attorney include:
- Thoroughly reviews the evidence and develops a strong argument for your case
- Understands the value of your claim and fights for maximum compensation
- Keeps you updated on the status of your case and returns phone calls/emails promptly
- Makes you feel valued as a client and gives honest advice
5. Should I Accept the First Settlement Offer?
You should never accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company without consulting with an attorney first. Insurance companies usually look to save money, so their initial offer is often much lower than what you actually deserve.
An experienced personal injury attorney will know how much similar cases have been settled for and can fight for a fair amount on your behalf. In some cases, going to trial may be necessary to get the full compensation you're owed, but having an attorney by your side will increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome - whether that's through a settlement or verdict.
The team at Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C. has been helping injured victims throughout Colorado seek fair and just compensation for over 100 combined years. Schedule a free consultation with our team today by calling (303) 221-0039 or filling out this short form.