Once a lawsuit is filed, it is called discovery. That includes having to answer written questions, appear for a deposition, which is a question and answer session under oath in an attorney’s office, and possibly be examined by a doctor of the defendant’s choosing.
What Factors Typically Cause A Personal Injury Case To Go To Litigation?
The main factor is either an unreasonable, or no offer from an insurance company. If they will not offer fair value for a case, the only option is to file suit.
What Is A Brief Timeline If My Personal Injury Case Does Go To Trial?
It will take anywhere from nine months to a year for a case to go to trial from the time of the first filing. Once a case is called for trial, there is a day of jury selection, and then several days of testimony, depending on how complicated the case is. The client’s testimony is a critical part of that, and usually occurs on one of the first days of trial. After all the testimony is completed, the jury deliberates for as long as it takes them to reach a verdict.
How Does The Attorney’s Reputation Or Experience Impact A Personal Injury Claim?
An attorney’s reputation plays a huge role in a personal injury claim. The more an insurance company has dealt with the attorney, or a law firm like ours, they know that they cannot play games, and low ball the offers. This will only result in a case going to suit, and that the attorney will not be afraid to take the case to trial.
How Does Going To Trial Impact The Cost Of The Personal Injury Process?
Going to trial does increase the cost of a case. Medical expert witnesses are required in order to recover for a physical injury. And, depending on the facts of the case, experts may be required in order to prove that the defendant was negligent. Those experts have to testify either live, or via videotape, and that process can be costly.
Which Providers Will Be Entitled To Recoup After A Settlement Has Been Reached?
Any provider who treats a patient is usually entitled to compensation for their bills. There could be some differences depending on the type of case as to how much of the medical bills are compensable, but we generally consider all outstanding medical bills.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Receive Damages After A Settlement?
In Pennsylvania, the law requires defendants to forward settlement funds within twenty days of when they receive a signed release from the Plaintiff.
Helpful Tips For Personal Injury Plaintiffs In Pennsylvania
First, document everything. Follow your doctor’s advice. Do not exaggerate your injuries, but do not ignore, or minimize them. The impression that a plaintiff makes on the jury is a definite factor in whether, and how much money a jury awards, and the insurance companies know that, so it becomes a factor for them as well.
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