60 Minute Justice Process
On TV, injury cases look like you walk into the law office with your case and walk out of the lawyer’s office with your check. In legal shows, entire investigations, trials and sentencing happen in less than an hour. Whether it’s a 30 second commercial or a 60 minute television show, these are not realistic.
In general, being in a hurry with your injury case is usually a bad idea. I have had many clients over the last 23 years that wanted to settle quickly and cheaply but did not, and they were glad they didn’t.
In one case, a gentleman had what he thought was just a really sore shoulder following an accident and could not have known that within four months, he would have to have a surgery on that shoulder. The surgery did not go well and he had to have a second surgery which was an entire replacement.
A case involving a sore shoulder is not worth much by anybody’s estimation. However multiple surgeries including a complete replacement puts it into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Being Patient Can Lead To Bigger Settlement
At our office we do not let insurance companies rush you into settling. I have had many clients turn down $500 for pain and suffering, hire me and settle their case for many times what they were offered.
By the same token, I like for someone to go a little while following their medical care to make sure that they are okay. Recently I had a client who had an eye injury but over time, terrible migraines also developed. It would’ve been a shame to only know of one and not the other.
In Tennessee you have one year to file a lawsuit, and the case can be settled at any time before or after that point. Neighboring states give you up to three years to file suit.
So, while many insurance companies may try to quickly get you to sign an agreement early on in the first week following the accident. Some work exactly the opposite. They talk nice for a while but then stop returning your calls as the year comes close.
Be Aware Of Your Statute Of Limitations
Statutes of limitations take away your right to seek treatment or be paid if a case is not filed properly.
Do not let the insurance companies drag out too close to that year or else you may have difficulty getting everything done in time.
In general, this is your injury recovery time. Don’t let anyone rush you and don’t let anyone drag things out in a way to take away your rights. Sometimes your lawyer simply can run offense for you to give you plenty of time to assure that you and your family are going to be made as whole as possible following a tragic accident.
Mr. Peel seeks justice for those injured in tractor trailer and car accidents, medical malpractice, and disability. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Mr. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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