If you have been injured and are in need of legal assistance from a personal injury attorney, it is likely you have many questions. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we are here to answer them – just call us at 800-572-1252 and request a free legal consultation. In the meantime, feel free to read on to get answers to some of the most common questions about personal injury cases.
Why Does it Take So Long to File a Personal Injury Claim?
It is understandable that people who have been injured in an accident do not want to wait months to get the compensation they deserve – they want it right away. Unfortunately, to get a true and accurate idea of what your case is worth, we must have information from your doctor regarding the long-term costs and what they expect for your long-term care.
If we settled your personal injury case before you had medically stabilized, you could lose money that you would otherwise be entitled to for a condition that came up or was no clear at the time of your case settlement. It can take a few months to gather the necessary information but in the end it can mean a much larger and fairer settlement or recovery for you.
Who Should I Talk to About My Case?
Even more important than knowing who to talk to about your case is knowing who not to talk to. Do not discuss your case with friends. Do not discuss it on social media. If an insurance company representative wants to talk to you, politely decline and call the one person you should be talking to about your case: Your attorney. Even if you are 100% positive that you did not do anything wrong, your words can be taken out of context and used to deny your claim.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim Against the State, Local, or Federal Government?
The short answer is maybe. The long answer is that it depends on many factors and the best way to find out if your case is likely to be one of the exceptions to the rule is to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. If it is possible to file a claim against a government entity, the rules are different. For example, most personal injury cases allow up to two years for you to file a claim, and if there are no injuries and only property damage, you likely have up to three years to file the claim.
This is not true of a government claim. You have just six months to file a Notice of Claim which essentially says that you have a claim and will file suit if necessary. The government then has six months to approve or deny it. The process then goes on from there depending on their answer.