Personal Injury | Redding CA
HAVE YOU SUFFERED AN INJURY AT THE FAULT OF SOMEONE ELSE?
Nobody plans for accidents – they can happen to anyone, with no warning. Any personal injury can result in expensive medical bills and an inability to work, and the physical pain and trauma of accidents can even last a lifetime.
If you become injured in an accident, be it a car accident or some other type of event, there is often another person involved who may be legally responsible for your injury. You could be left with damages, such as medical bills and other losses. Filing a personal injury claim might help you receive compensation for these damages from the party that is held responsible. If a settlement is reached between you and the other party, you accept payment and agree not to sue. It is your decision whether or not to settle but, if you have retained legal counsel, your attorney can give you informed advice about the matter.
A Personal Injury Claim
Being involved in an accident could leave you with physical, mental, or emotional injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may still file a claim for damage even if your medical bills are covered by your insurance. Damages include any permanent disability and rehabilitation, damage to your property, lost wages, current pain and suffering, as well as pain and suffering that can be projected into the future. Some personal injury cases are decided in a courtroom by a judge or jury, and some are settled out of court.
You Can Get Paid Faster With a Settlement
From beginning to end, a court case can take several years. If, instead, you decide to settle the case, the defendant will pay a sum of money agreed upon by both parties after all documents have been signed. In this instance, you will sign a statement releasing the other party from responsibility. If you reach a settlement after having already filed a lawsuit in court, you will then agree to drop the case.
At Any Point in the Case, You Can Agree to a Settlement
At any point in the case, a settlement can be reached. After review of your expenses and medical records, the insurance company will often make a settlement offer. On some occasions, cases will end up settling after both parties offer evidence to the judge or jury. In many courts, before beginning the process of a trial, attendance will be required from both parties at settlement, or mediation, conferences.
Damages Will Determine the Amount of a Settlement
Information about your expenses, injuries, and future need for treatment must be provided to the party responsible for your accident. Hospital bills, medical records, pay stubs and witness statements are all examples of evidence that might need to be furnished. The defense lawyer may choose his/her own doctor to perform a medical examination. The defense lawyer may also hire expert witnesses that attempt to disprove your version of events. Your attorney can help you estimate the amount of money you might receive if the case goes to trial, versus the amount of money you might receive if a settlement is reached instead.
Payment of a Settlement
Settlements may be paid in recurrent payments, or they may be paid in one lump sum. Receiving a structured settlement involves the purchasing of financial commodities called annuities. These annuities pay a specified amount every month or year until the total has been paid in full. This type of settlement is nice because it can result in the reduction of taxes, but it won’t allow you to buy expensive items (such as a house, for example) because you’re receiving smaller payments over a longer amount of time.
If you’ve been hurt, Andreas A. Mittry will fight to win the compensation you deserve. You’d be surprised at all of the types of accidents personal injury law covers, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
- Defective products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites