What If You Feel Fine After The Collision But Feel Pain Several Days Later? Do You Still Have A Case?
As long as you have injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a case. The longer you wait to seek treatment the harder it may be to prove the case though. Some injuries do take time to surface; sometimes the shock or the adrenaline of a collision can mask pain. The most important thing is to promptly report any symptoms to a doctor as soon as they arise and make sure those things get documented.
What is The Importance of Medical Care and Following Doctor’s Orders?
The other driver’s insurance company is going to try anything they can to minimize the extent of someone’s injuries, because that will minimize how much they have to pay. Failure to follow your own doctor’s recommendations and treatment will always be used by the other side to show that you are not injured and therefore, your claim is not that valuable.
How Important Are Evidence And Witnesses In These Cases?
Evidence is always critical because it helps to overcome that he-said she-said scenario. If there is a collision at an intersection and a dispute over who had the red light and who had the green light, then witnesses to the scene can make or break the case. Oftentimes, the location of damage on the two different vehicles will give some evidence as to which car entered the intersection first, or which car struck the other from what direction. Therefore, evidence is always crucial, but the most basic rear-end collision.
How Long Do These Cases Typically Take To Resolve?
If a case can be settled before a suit is filed, it can resolve in just a matter of months. If a lawsuit has to be filed, in Philadelphia, it can take anywhere from nine months to a year on average. In some of the surrounding counties, it may take a little bit longer than that, but generally, no more than a year or two.
What Makes For A Viable Personal Injury Case Versus One That is Probably Not Going To Go Too Far?
It always comes down to the facts. When the facts demonstrate that the other driver was clearly at fault such as a rear-end collision, or having a run on red light, which might be corroborated by witnesses, then that case is strong. If there are no witnesses and the physical evidence does not really cut one way or the other, the case is probably not going to resolve quickly.
In terms of a substantial amount of settlement, it is all going to come down to the extent of the injuries. Once again, having a limited tort insurance policy is going to make it harder to recover because the other side will always argue that there is no substantial impairment. However, if there are real injuries that are well documented in the medical records and supported by the facts of how the person has been affected, then that can be a very strong case.
Why Is It Important To Hire An Attorney To Handle Your Collision Claim? Won’t Insurance Just Handle Everything?
Everyone needs an attorney to resolve a collision case. The other driver’s insurance company is not in the business of making sure that you are taken care of. They are in the business to make money and they do that by paying you as an injured claimant as little as they have to. The insurance companies are sophisticated and shrewd and they do this for a living. They will take advantage of someone who is not represented by a lawyer every single time. They will only respond fairly when they are confronted with an attorney who is just as sophisticated as they are.
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