Johns Pass Auto Accident Attorney
The most difficult aspect of recovering from an auto collision is dealing with the physical pain and emotional distress that comes with such a traumatic experience. Auto collisions put incredible stress on all aspects of the victim’s life. At Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff, our Johns Pass auto accident attorney is fully aware of the difficulties that lie ahead for you and your loved ones. We are here to help ease the complexity in one small but vital aspect—handling the personal injury claim that can help pay for your mounting hospital bills and other expenses. While a successful personal injury claim takes a long time to settle, getting a head start on it, even if you are still in the early stages of your physical recovery, tends to be best practice, and is usually in the victim’s best interests.
Four Key Elements of Johns Pass Auto Accident Claim
- Establishing that the other drive had a duty of care to you and other road users (a duty to drive in a reasonably safe and prudent manner)
- Show that the duty was violated (for example, the driver was speeding and caused a crash).
- By violating the duty, they caused you harm, otherwise known as damages.
- Establishing damages.
Damages in a Johns Pass Auto Accident Claim
Damages in a personal injury claim refer to the economic and non-economic harm a plaintiff suffers. Economic damages include the actual cost of medical care, lost income, lost future income, property damage, and other financial expenses caused by the collision. Non-economic damages, which often amount to many times greater than the actual economic damages in the claim’s value, include harm that has no true price tag, such as pain and suffering, loss of joy of life, and emotional distress.
When Can I Expect to be Paid?
A typical personal injury claim takes a little over a year from the date of the victim’s injury to the date of the final settlement. However, it may take significantly longer than this, particularly if the other party’s insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, and your attorney is forced to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is filed, there is still a high chance that the case is settled out of court, but if a court hearing is imminent, the case will inevitably drag on many additional months. Many plaintiff’s wonder why it takes so long for a personal injury case to settle or resolve. There are a few different answers to this. The first is that we need time to properly understand your long term medical outcome, so as to accurately assess your damages. The second is that insurance companies intentionally drag their feet, hoping to kill the spirits of an injured plaintiff who is struggling with the bills and get them to settle for less than what their claim is worth.
Call a Johns Pass Auto Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Unfortunately there are no shortcuts when it comes to an auto accident claim. If you wish to seek the full amount your claim is worth, you need to work with an experienced Johns Pass auto accident attorney. Call Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.