It’s not uncommon for injured victims to have questions about personal injury claims since most of them don’t deal with such cases in their day to day lives. Understanding the processes involved in a personal injury lawsuit is essential in helping victims to recover compensation for their losses. It also helps clear any misconceptions and misunderstandings around these cases as well as working with personal injury attorneys.
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, here are the frequently asked questions along with their answers to help point you in the right direction. Please note that our list is not exhaustive. For further clarification, you should speak to a DC law attorney who specializes in your type of personal injury lawsuit.
Do I have a case?
If your injury is as a result of someone else’s negligence, careless or intentional behavior, then you may have a case. However, not all injuries are subject to compensation. The best way to determine whether you are eligible for settlement is by consulting with a personal injury lawyer. The good thing about this is that most lawyers offer free initial consultation.
How much is my case worth?
It’s hard to give the exact approximation of your case’s worth upfront because the compensation differs based on a range of aspects, including lost wages, medical treatment, physical therapy, and so on. However, a good lawyer will be able to estimate the value of your case based on their previous works.
How long will it take for the case to resolve?
Some cases take as short as a few weeks, while others go for a year or more. The latter often involves formal litigation. But you can control the duration of your case because you can accept or deny settlement offers.
Will I have to go to trial?
Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, where the plaintiff and defendant (or their attorneys) negotiate and come up with an amicable settlement. However, if you fail to reach an agreement with the other party, then going to trial should be the next step. And while it’s rare, it’s always good to be prepared.
What’s the statute of limitation in personal injury cases?
Most personal injury claims have a limitation of two years. So, ideally, you should ensure that your case is filed before the two year period elapses.
What if I’m partially to blame for the accident?
If you are partly at fault for your injury, you may still be able to recover. Provided you are not more to blame than the responsible party; you can get compensation for a comparable share of the amount you would have received otherwise.
What questions are asked in a deposition?
A deposition is a Q&A session between you and the other party’s lawyer. Your personal injury lawyer and a court reporter will also be present. Some questions that you’ll be asked include your general background information, your health condition before the accident, the medical care you received for the injury, detail of the accident.