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What Does The Average Personal Injury Case Look Like?

For many people who have never had to file a lawsuit or even talk to a lawyer, the idea that you’ll have to sue somebody after you suffer a personal injury can be remarkably stressful. Few people enjoy conflict, and the thought of fighting in court to recover money for your injuries can be enough to stop you from ever reaching out for assistance in the first place.

Unfortunately, a lot of people operate under some significant misconceptions when it comes to the personal injury lawsuit process. The process itself is often far less stressful than many people initially believe it to be. To help dispel some of these common misconceptions, let’s look at how the average personal injury lawsuit works, and what it requires.

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Personal Injuries and Insurance Adjusters – 3 Questions

If you are injured in an accident, you’ll often have to deal with an insurance adjuster. This is especially true if, for example, you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident and either you, or the other driver, has insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have much experience with insurance companies, much less insurance adjusters. Understanding what an insurance adjuster does, how the claims process works, and what you can do to protect yourself, will always be better than going into the process blind. Here are some common questions many people have about insurance adjusters.

What does an insurance adjuster do?

Insurance adjusters work for insurance companies, or independent third parties, to investigate the facts arising out of a claim. After investigating, the adjusters have the responsibility of negotiating a potential settlement on behalf of the insurance company.

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What is a Confidential Settlement?

Posted on February 3, 2015

What is a Confidential Settlement?

There is so much that goes on in the personal injury lawsuit process that it can seem very strange to people who are not familiar with it. One of these is the confidential settlement agreement. Even though not all personal injury lawsuits result in settlements, and not all settlements are confidential, knowing what a confidential settlement is can help you understand how the personal injury lawsuit process works.

Demand Letters, Lawsuits, Trials, and Settlements

When people get hurt they often visit a lawyer so they can file a lawsuit. But the personal injury lawsuit process doesn’t necessarily begin immediately thereafter. In many, if not most, personal injury cases, the case begins after your lawyer sends a demand letter to the defendant. (The defendant is the person or organization you believe caused you your injuries.) The demand letter states the basis for any lawsuit you might file, explains the nature of your injuries, and asks the defendant to pay money in compensation.

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Personal Injury Settlements and Negotiations

Posted on November 14, 2014

Personal Injury Settlements and Negotiations

Some people are surprised to find out that most personal injury cases don’t go to trial. Instead, many cases end when the two sides agreed to a settlement. A settlement is simply in agreement the two sides of a lawsuit enter into that ends the lawsuit’s progression in the court system. Most settlements end when the person who filed the lawsuit agrees to drop the case and the person who was being sued agrees to pay a certain amount of money.

Prior to the actual settlement agreement, the two sides will engage in negotiations. During these negotiations both sides will state their cases, make claims, respond to the claims the other side makes, and make offers for settlement. Depending on the circumstances, the offers involved, and the willingness of each side to enter into an agreement, this settlement negotiation process can proceed very quickly, or drag on for a long time.

There is no single way to negotiate a settlement in a personal injury case. In most cases an attorney will represent both sides. The attorney working for the person who filed the lawsuit will negotiate with the other side’s attorney and try to come to a settlement both sides can agree to.

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What is a Demand Letter?

Posted on January 25, 2014

What is a Demand Letter?

The personal injury lawsuit process doesn’t always end in a trial, or even start with the filing of a lawsuit. In many situations, personal injury cases start, and end, with a well-constructed demand letter. What is the demand letter and how does it work? Let’s take a closer look.

Demand Letters: Your Case in Brief

The demand letter is something you, usually through your attorney, send to the other side in a lawsuit. (In a personal injury case, attorneys typically send demand letters to the insurance company representing the defendant.) The letter is essentially your case presented in a succinct form. It gets into the details of your case, shows why you would win if the case went to trial, and asks for a settlement.

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