4 Things That Delay Personal Injury Settlements
Posted in: Personal Injury
KNR Legal Blog
It can be hard to know what to do after an accident. You likely have a lot of questions. But the Akron personal injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have answers. The KNR team has handled thousands of cases and helped countless people around Ohio in situations like yours.
Read below to learn the answers to some of the most common personal injury questions we hear.
If you’ve been injured, you should immediately get medical care. Whether you go to Akron General Hospital or another hospital, you should call an attorney once you are able. Speaking with a lawyer can provide valuable insight into what to do next. Additionally, evidence disappears quickly after an accident, and memories fade, so you need to get started right away.
Every state has time limits – called a “statute of limitation” – on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Ohio, the statute of limitation on personal injury claims is usually two years from the date of the injury or from when you should have known there was an injury.
For example, if you had a car crash on Feb. 1, 2021, then you have until Feb. 1, 2023, to file a lawsuit. That does not mean you should wait until then to file an insurance claim. Insurance claims often take a long time to negotiate, and your attorney will need time to conduct an investigation. Contact a local Akron attorney as soon as you can.
Every claim is different, so it’s hard to tell you exactly how much your claim is worth before talking to you. At KNR, we will consider all of your losses in determining how much compensation you deserve. We will collect your medical bills and car repair costs. We will calculate your lost wages. We will even determine how much you deserve for pain and suffering and other damages that are hard to value.
We can definitively tell you that most people get a higher settlement when they work with a lawyer. In a study completed by Nolo.com, victims working with a personal injury attorney got an average of $77,600. People who handled their injury claims earned $17,600.
Some cases are resolved within a few months, and others take a few years. The average personal injury case takes around 11 months to settle. We will keep you updated throughout the case so that you know what is going on. We can also help you delay your medical bills and find other resources if you need money before you get a settlement.
Very few personal injury cases go to court. However, filing a lawsuit can show the insurance company that we are serious about getting the most money possible. According to the Nolo.com study, the average settlement for someone who took no steps towards filing a lawsuit was $23,000. Where someone filed or threatened a lawsuit, the average settlement was $45,500.
You likely have many more questions after a severe injury. No matter if it’s a car accident, a dog bite, slip, and fall, or possible medical malpractice, Kisling, Nestico & Redick is here to answer your questions and handle every aspect of your case.