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FAQ About Personal Injury Claims
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration, there were 4,976 deaths and 88,000 injuries from motorcycle accidents in 2015. Unfortunately, these motor vehicle accidents are too common and can often leave victims with expensive medical bills. Because insurance companies don't always provide the coverage they should, it's important to know how to handle a personal injury claim. Personal injury law is complex, so we've compiled a list of a few commonly asked questions about personal injury claims.
How do I know if I have a case? After a painful accident, it's human nature to look for someone to blame. However, sometimes bad things really do happen for no clear reason. That being said, when you have experienced injuries that were caused by someone else's negligence, you are generally justified to file a personal injury claim. But when you do file a claim, it's important to remember that it can be difficult to prove fault. Because of this, it's always suggested that you consult a personal injury lawyer regarding the chances of winning your case. While it is difficult to make a prediction of the value of your case, hiring a lawyer will help you decide the best route to take.
What goes into determining compensation? No one personal injury claim is alike and because of this, compensation is always different. However, there are a few factors that will be considered when determining the amount of compensation someone deserves. A few of these factors include:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after an accident? It's important to know remember that there is a limit on the amount of time a person can wait before beginning a lawsuit. Personal injury cases are subject to a statute of limitations, and it's important to know how long you have until you can no longer file a claim. The precise window of time you have to file a claim usually starts with the date of the accident (or from the time the source of the injury was discovered), but each state has its own laws regarding civil lawsuit statute of limitations. This is where having a personal injury lawyer by your side can prove to be extremely beneficial.
Can I manage my personal injury case by myself? Trying to manage your own personal injury case can prove to be very difficult. Oftentimes, people underestimate how complex personal injury law is and end up losing mass amounts of money. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with insurance companies, who often don't have your best interest in mind. Because of all this, finding a lawyer is your best option. Lawyers have the necessary skills and knowledge to properly evaluate your case and help you decide on the best way to handle your claim.
Hopefully, this article answered some of your questions regarding personal injury claims. If you were injured due to the negligence of someone else, a personal injury lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.