What is the Official Process After Your Car Accident Takes Place?
Many people ask the same question after they have been involved in a car accident: How long will it take before I am able to recover my damages? If you have suffered from serious injuries in your accident and have not even yet spoken to an accident attorney, you are probably living with the fear that your medical bills will keep piling and working against you financially. Blend that with the fact that you are missing time at work, and you may find yourself in a difficult position. Different parts of your case will take different amounts of time, such as months of negotiating with the insurance adjuster and the months or years that it takes to reach “maximum medical improvement” before you can be successful in your claim.
Sometimes, to answer the question of how long it will take to settle your claim, it helps to take a look at the bigger picture. This means that you have to understand the stages of a personal injury case, and what you should expect along the way.
Stages of a Personal Injury Case
Seeking Medical Care: Not only is seeking medical attention immediately after your injury the best step you can take for your health, but it is also necessary if you plan to be compensated for your injuries down the line. If you don’t get medical attention, you may be surprised months later when the claims adjuster involved in your case says that your injuries must not have been very serious. You want to document every single piece of information relating to your care, from diagnoses you receive to treatment and medication you are given, to show how much you have spent on your injuries. This includes documenting your lost wages to show how time off of work has affected you.
Speaking to an Injury Attorney: You usually don’t want to move forward with your claim without hiring an attorney. Injury attorneys know how to navigate the many legal layers of any case and help you compensate for medical bills, and lost wages when you have missed work. You want to be well-represented when moving forward.
Reviewing Case: You will speak to your attorney about exactly what happened during your accident. You will also gather documentation detailing your injuries and treatment, and the medical expenses related to such. After this, you can decide if you want to move forward with a settlement demand or file a lawsuit.
Making a Demand and Negotiation: Your attorney will discuss with you how much your case is worth only after you have reached your maximum medical improvement (the point in which you have completed your medical treatment and your recovery is complete). From there, you want to make a demand or negotiate the acceptable amount of money that your case is worth before you make it to court.
Lawsuit or Mediation: When you file a personal injury lawsuit, the discovery process begins, which is where parties are questioned and third parties are involved. Statements will be given concerning the accident. The mediation process could begin, which is when a mediator will walk you through what might work best in your case where you might come to an agreement that works for both parties.
Trial: To get to trial, it could take weeks, months, or even years depending on the circumstances of your case. You want to be prepared for anything, which is why it is important to speak to your attorney as soon as possible.
From the very beginning of your case to the very end, you should have an experienced attorney on your side to help you every step of the way. Your personal injury case means everything to you, which is why we take it seriously in your time of need. At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we have the dedication and experience it takes to get you the best results in your case. Call us today for more information on how we can assist you at 310-954-7248.