If you’ve been seriously injured, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim. A settlement from a personal injury case can help you financially as well as physically and mentally when it comes to your recovery. However, knowing how much to ask for can be challenging. An experienced personal injury attorney can not only help you figure out what a fair settlement would be but also help you win your case. When you’re ready to file your personal injury claim, reach out to the team at Goodman Acker.
“Personal injury” is a legal term that allows an individual to file a claim to recover damages for losses due to an accident or incident. This claim allows the injured party to be compensated financially after suffering from another person’s negligence or intentional conduct, which caused harm to the victim. Most personal injuries fall under one of four categories:
While personal injuries are generally categorized according to those four types, those broad categories can cover a wide variety of personal injury situations. For instance:
Because every personal injury claim is unique, there is no single answer to this question. However, the knowledgeable team at Goodman Acker can apply their expertise and experience to provide you with an estimate of a fair settlement. Damages can be compensatory and/or punitive in a personal injury case. Compensatory damages are further broken down into economic and non-economic damages:
Punitive damages may also be awarded in a personal injury case if the defendant is found to have been grossly negligent or malicious. These damages are designed to punish the defendant further for their actions.
Although we can’t provide you with a hard-and-fast answer to what you can expect as an average payout, we can provide you with a few examples of settlments from personal injury claims we have represented in the past and their payout amounts. Examples include:
As you can see, the team at Goodman Acker has experience in many different areas of personal injury and has successfully reached a settlement in these cases and others.
The simple answer to this question is no. A personal injury attorney is not required in order for you to file a claim against the defendant. However, you should know that your odds of winning your case for the settlement you deserve are significantly increased with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney has the knowledge base and experience to fight to protect your rights and get you a fair settlement. The defendant will have someone fighting to keep them from having to pay out a large compensation, so you should have an attorney in your corner as well.
Again, there’s no definitive answer for the length of time it will take to settle your case. Several factors can influence the length of your case, including:
Once a claim is filed, you can expect the initial and discovery phases to take several months. During the discovery phase, both sides have the opportunity to ask questions and request documents to build their case. If you can reach an agreement, then the process is done, and a settlement is reached. If not, a trial date will be set, and the process may take a year or two to complete.
The attorneys at Goodman Acker have a combined experience of over 150 years and a 99% success rate in winning cases. They have the knowledge and expertise to get you the settlement you deserve. Let Goodman Acker take the stress and worry of a personal injury case off your hands so that you can focus on healing during this time of recovery. Call us today for a free consultation. If you or someone you love has been involved in a personal injury case, reach out to the team at Goodman Acker by phone or via our convenient online form.
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