After a serious and catastrophic injury injury, you may find yourself in financial trouble due to all of your medical bills and the fact that you haven’t been able to work. If this is the case, you should hire a Peck law Group Personal Injury lawyer as soon as possible, so you can get the wheels turning on your settlement. There will usually be several weeks to several months that pass before you see any money from your case. Here is an overview of how the injury settlement process works.
Once we agree to represent you, we shall begin gathering information on the events and put together a solid case. He must prove the other party was at fault and review your medical records as well as any police reports that were filed. We most likely shall conduct witness interviews.
It is the Peck Law Group duty to notify the responsible party about your intentions to sue for compensation. To avoid a lawsuit, the party may agree to enter talks to reach a settlement. The legal team on the other side is then given time to do their own investigation. This process can take several more weeks.
When the responsible party acknowledges they are at fault and agrees to work out a compensation amount, negotiations begin. This is usually a long drawn out process, as the other side will work to pay out as little as they can. Negotiating must follow certain protocols and procedures involving offers and counteroffers.
If the other party refuses to acknowledge blame or if the two legal teams cannot reach an agreement on the settlement amount, your Peck Law Group Personal Injury Attorney will take your case to court. If your injury case goes to trial, it may be several more months, or even years until your injury case is settled and you see any money.
Catastrophic injury cases require more extensive preparation for trial and require more expert witnesses, which lengthens the process and escalates the expenses. When the trial has concluded and a verdict is reached, then you must settle payment with your injury lawyer. If your case is successful, your law firm will take a certain percentage from your award.
Collecting on an injury may be a long drawn out process. You usually won’t see any money for quite some time. It is always your choice, not the choice of your Peck law Group Personal Injury lawyer, whether you accept a settlement offer. You may decide to take a lower amount just so you can get your money quicker and avoid a lengthy trial.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.