Making a personal injury claim is something you may have had to do following an accident or work injury. These claims can take time to process, and there are likely a number of questions you want to have answered. Here are the top 6 questions you may have and the likely answers for your case.
Can I Claim?
The first question you probably have is if you can legally make a personal injury claim. If you've lost earnings, had medical treatment, or had to deal with an unexpected financial impact from an injury that was no fault of your own, then you're likely entitled to file a claim.
How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
While different areas vary in this regard, the general rule is that you have three years from the time of your accident to make a claim. If your child was injured, this rule extends the time to three years past their 18th birthday, allowing them to decide if they want to pursue a lawsuit of their own.
Will A Pre-Existing Condition Exclude Me From Filing A Claim?
While a court will have to take into consideration your pre-existing condition and the impact it may have on your current condition, you're entitled to file a claim if you've been injured and have medical evidence to support that your injuries were caused by the other party involved in your case.
Will I Need A Medical Exam?
Yes, you will need to be examined. You may need to go through a physical exam as well as a mental evaluation for the purpose of your court case. You will also need to provide medical evidence and doctors' reports on your condition.
Do I Have To Appear At Court?
You may have to go to court if you have a final hearing for your case. Other than that, it's common for a personal injury attorney to go to court on your behalf. This is particularly true if you've suffered severe or debilitating medical issues.
How Long Will My Compensation Take To Arrive?
Once your case is settled, you can expect to receive payment within 30 days. This time is used to determine who will pay out the expenses as well as for time to cut you a check. If the compensation doesn't arrive in this amount of time, there may be a problem, so you may want to speak with your attorney.
Read over these quick answers. If you still have questions, speaking with your attorney such as Michael W. Seckar P.C. could help.