Being injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault can leave you and your family reeling emotionally, physically, and financially. Here are answers to commonly asked questions about personal injury cases and lawsuits.
If you were hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault and suffered damages as a result, you may have a case. An experienced personal injury lawyer can review available evidence and help you decide if pursuing a settlement is in your best interests.
There are many types of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:
After an injury, there is a window of time called the Statute of Limitations. Once this time frame passes, you can no longer file an insurance claim or lawsuit.
In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Statute of Limitations is three years for personal injury cases.
No. In fact, most personal injury cases are settled with insurance companies outside of court. Litigation is usually considered a last resort when you are unable to negotiate a fair settlement that covers at least the basics, like lost wages and medical expenses.
How much your case is worth depends on a lot of factors, including the nature and severity of your injuries, if there is any shared fault or comparative negligence, and the financial damages you suffered as a result of the incident.
Personal injury lawyers use mathematical formulas to determine the approximate value of your case. They’ll multiply your economic damages by a number, usually between 2 and 5, to calculate an estimate of your non-economic damages. Then, if necessary, punitive damages are added.
The amount of time it takes to get a finalized settlement from the start of your case is difficult to predict. There are numerous factors that are involved in whether your case will settle quickly, or if it will be a long, drawn out lawsuit. Your personal injury attorney can help give you a ballpark figure after reviewing your case.
A personal injury attorney ultimately is there to help you recover damages you suffered from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. They can help you calculate the costs and emotional damages you incurred and file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company or pursue litigation if it’s in your best interest.
Personal injury law firms almost always work on a contingency basis. This means that your lawyer takes a percentage of your overall settlement if you win. If you don’t win your case, you do not owe your attorney anything.
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