Personal Injury Claims Process in Washington
Q: What is The Personal Injury Claims Process Like?
A: Once a personal injury attorney takes your case, he or she will collect evidence and evaluate your medical bills, possible future medical needs, any lost wage information and property damage related to your claim. Based on this information, your attorney will assess the value of your case and begin working with the insurance company and/or other defendants to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
The majority of claims related to accidents or injuries never reach a court trial. Most are resolved before this through a negotiated settlement between your Seattle injury attorney and the other parties. In many circumstances, however, your lawyer will have to file a lawsuit detailing your proposed damages before the insurance company is willing to talk seriously about a reasonable settlement.
Q: What Are The Key Issues in Deciding to Settle My Accident Case?
A: Your lawyer will do a thorough assessment of your case, taking into consideration the following key points:
- The amount your attorney thinks the case is worth, often in a range of dollar amounts.
- Verdicts and settlements in similar cases.
- The chances of winning at trial.
- Amount of personal information that could be revealed at trial or through further discovery that could hurt – or help – your case.
- Any weaknesses in your evidence or weaknesses in your opponent's evidence.
- The amount of insurance coverage that the defendant has in your case.
- The defendant's own monetary resources.
- Your defendant's lawyer and how experienced he or she is.
Q: What Happens If I Settle?
A: When you settle, you agree to give up your right to pursue any further legal action in connection with the accident or injury in exchange for the payment of the agreed-upon sum of money from the defendant or the insurance company.
Q: How Long Will It Take to Settle My Accident Claim in Seattle?
A: Most claims are settled within a couple of months after compiling all your records. You should never attempt to settle your claim until your doctor has released you or can give a meaningful opinion about your future condition. The best time to proceed with your claim is usually determined by you and your doctor.
Q: What If My Claim Doesn’t Settle?
A: Sometimes, for any number of reasons, a claim cannot be settled through negotiation. Understand that your lawyer works for you and will never settle a claim or file a lawsuit without your understanding or consent.
To find out more, it is a good idea to consult with a Seattle personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the process and help you make the right choices for your specific case. The highly qualified personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. will provide you with a FREE Consultation, at no obligation to you, about your auto accident, personal injury, or wrongful death case. Simply contact us about your injury or call toll free at (888) 228-3860.