The length of time it will take to settle your personal injury claim in Tahlequah, Oklahoma will depend on a number of different factors, primarily the nature and extent of your injuries and whether you need to file a lawsuit or not. A Tahlequah attorney can help you make these determinations.
How The Nature Of Your Injuries Can Determine How Long Your Tahlequah Personal Injury Claim Takes
It is extremely important that you know the full extent of your injuries before agreeing to any settlement of your Tahlequah personal injury claim.
Once you and the insurance adjuster come to an agreement on the terms of your settlement, you will be required to release them from any further liability for your injuries and losses.
If afterwards you discover that the nature of your injuries are more extensive than you previously believed and will result in additional medical expenses, you will be unable to ever recover these additional losses from either the person responsible for your injuries or his or her insurance company.
For this reason, you and your doctors should take as much time as necessary to evaluate your injuries and arrive at an accurate prognosis in order to seek the adequate compensation for your medical expenses, both past and future, as well as for the full extent to which the accident will negatively affect the quality of your life.
If Your Claim Requires A Lawsuit
With the exception of medical malpractice claims, which can last for several years, the majority of personal injury claims in Oklahoma are settled outside of court within two years from the claim being filed. In most cases, this is the best scenario.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to go to court to be compensated fully for the losses you sustained in a personal injury accident. This is often the case where liability for the accident in which you were injured (or the amount of compensation you demand) is being disputed by the person you hold responsible or their insurance company.
For a reliable estimate of how long your Tahlequah personal injury claim may take, you should consult with a personal injury attorney who has experience litigating cases similar to yours.
However, every Tahlequah personal injury claim is unique. Therefore, it will not be easy for your attorney to accurately predict how long your lawsuit will take. So when deciding to litigate, you should expect to allow time for pretrial discovery, the trial itself, and any necessary appeals.
Free Consultation: Tahlequah Personal Injury Attorney
It’s important to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney before you entertain an offer from an adjuster whose job is to keep payments as low as possible. Before you settle for less than every penny to which you are entitled, contact a personal injury attorney to find out what your case is worth.
For a free consultation with a Tahlequah personal injury lawyer, call 918-458-2677 or toll free at 1-888-447-7262.
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