When you are injured in a car accident, you may be surprised by how quickly insurance offers to settle. Bear in mind that if you accept an insurance offer, you waive your right to seek additional compensation. The insurance companies know this. That’s part of their motivation.
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Injury and accident lawsuits may take just a few short months to settle, but most take around a year. In complex cases, it may take two to three years to come to a verdict.
When you are injured in an accident, who you choose for representation will play an important role in the outcome of your settlement. Taking time to choose the right attorney is important for your comfort and confidence, and can help ensure your rights and interests are protected.
Personal injury claims may have some similarities, but each one is unique, making it difficult to determine exactly how long it will take to settle a claim without first knowing specifics. Some personal injury claims are settled quickly, perhaps within a few months. Others, particularly those involving serious or catastrophic personal injury, can take several years to settle.
In 2017, the latest year for which statistically valid data is complete, the total cost of workplace injuries to U.S. employers was $161.5 billion. According to the National Safety Council, this number includes:
This infographic explores the stages of a typical personal injury lawsuit. However, because each case is entirely unique, the process for your claim may be slightly different. The best way to learn what you can expect during your pursuit of compensation is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at our Atlanta office.
Stages of an Injury Claim Usually Include:
According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, fatal pedestrian accidents in our state increased 27% between 2007 and 2016, a time when fatalities for all other accidents saw a 14% decrease. 16% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2016 involved pedestrians, an increase of only 1% over 2015.
If you believe there are too many civil lawsuits in America, you are not alone. In fact. A recent poll found that 87% of Americans believe there are too many civil lawsuits, going so far as to call several of them “frivolous.” But here’s the problem: over the past 20 years, civil lawsuits have declined by 80%. And in this time, personal injury lawsuits have also helped save countless lives by holding negligent corporations accountable for their actions.