Redington Shores Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in a car crash, motorcycle crash, bike crash, slip and fall, dog attack, or any other injury incident in which another party’s negligent actions caused the accident, you have the ability to seek compensation through the civil courts. To start this process, you must first team with a lawyer to file a personal injury claim, demanding compensation for your damages (medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.). Here at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff, our Redington Shores personal injury attorney assists clients who are injured in all types of incidents, and we are confident in our ability to achieve success in your case.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
The average personal injury claim takes at least one year to settle. This is due to a variety of factors, including: gathering evidence to prove fault, establishing the victim’s damages which includes a long term medical prognosis, analysis of all relevant insurance policies of all liable parties, and negotiations. There are very few scenarios in which a claim can be settled in under half a year if the plaintiff’s attorney is doing a thorough job.
What is the Difference Between a Personal Injury Claim and a Lawsuit?
A personal injury claim is a legal demand for compensation, while a lawsuit is a legal action that will be resolved in court if the two parties cannot come to an out of court resolution. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit if the other party’s insurance company denies liability or refuses to negotiate fairly. In high-stakes personal injury claims, it is not uncommon for the plaintiff’s attorney to file a lawsuit as a means to increase legal pressure on the other party to cooperate in the negotiation process. Even if a lawsuit is filed, chances are that the lawsuit will be settled out of court. If the lawsuit does go to a court hearing, which is very rare, you can expect at least an additional six-month wait before receiving a verdict.
Key Elements in a Personal Injury Claim
In order to win a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you must be able to successfully establish that a duty of care existed, the other party breached that duty, the breach caused your injuries, and that your physical injuries resulted in certain damages. Establishing all of these elements is a complex task, and one that should only be taken on by a skilled, experienced legal team. Because of this, it is highly advisable that you research your attorney thoroughly before making a decision on who to hire.
Call a Redington Shores Personal Injury Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
In the aftermath of a serious personal injury, it may be tempting to put off thoughts of filing a claim against the at-fault party. After all, you have other pressing matters to attend to, such as the healing process. However, this is the best time to at least get started on the claim, when the evidence is fresh. Call the Redington Shores personal injury attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a no-cost consultation.