Every legal proceeding is unique, with its own set of facts and circumstances that impact the outcome. But, when you are hurt in a car or truck accident, there are some common issues that arise. Knowing what to expect can help you to plan how to attack your case, and put you in the best position to make a full and fair recovery.
The five most frequently asked questions (and an explanation of how these questions are answered) in personal injury cases includes:
- How long do I have to file a case? In Minnesota the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is 6 years. What this means is that after an accident happens, if you are unable to reach a satisfactory resolution with the negligent party, you can file a lawsuit for your damages as long as it is done within 7 years of the date of the accident. You do not have to wait that long and most times filing a case quickly is beneficial because it shows the other side you are serious about pursuing the recovery you deserve.
- What is my case worth? This depends on the severity of your injuries and they type of wreck. Other factors to take into consideration include the prior history of both drivers and whether extraordinary circumstances exist, such as accidents that involve alcohol or drugs.
- What is a deposition? A deposition is part of what is referred to as “discovery”, and it is your opportunity to hear what the other side will likely testify to in court regarding how the accident happened, and other facts about the case. The Judge is not present, and most depositions can be completed in a day or two.
- What is a medical lien? A medical lien is a claim to any settlement you receive, made by a treating physician. Liens must be paid prior to distribution of settlement funds, but in many instances can be reduced through negotiation between your attorney and the healthcare provider. The more a doctor will reduce the amount owed in exchange for payment of that amount to release his lien, the higher amount of recovery you receive.
- What is a release? A release is a document signed by the injured party when accepting a settlement, and the terms usually prevent future claims for damages or injuries as a result of the accident.
We know it can be confusing to try and figure out the best way to proceed after being in a wreck. Let our experienced staff take the pressure off you by handling your case, negotiating with doctors, and fighting for all of the compensation you deserve.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.