Do I Have to Go to Court?
In most cases, no. Most Corpus Christi personal injury claims are settled outside of court. Chances are yours will be too. The question is: Does your attorney know how to maximize the value of your case in order to obtain an equitable settlement offer? Once you bring your personal injury case to Raub Law Firm, P.C., we negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurer, working hard to get you the highest possible settlement. If the insurer simply refuses to pay an equitable amount for your injuries and other damages, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and fight aggressively for your future. Typically, the very act of filing a lawsuit will increase the likelihood of a fair settlement offer, however if the insurer still refuses to acknowledge the severity of your injuries, we will go to court.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Personal Injury Claim?
While it is normal to wonder how long it will take your Corpus Christi personal injury claim to settle, the individual facts and circumstances of your case will answer that question. Settlements can happen as quickly as a month or could take up to two years. Perhaps the biggest factor in how long it will take to settle your personal injury claim is the severity of your injuries, and the level of treatment required to restore you to your prior level of health. If your injuries are relatively minor, your case is likely to settle much more quickly.
Some personal injury claims could involve factual conflicts which will increase the amount of time your claim will take. Your Raub Law Firm, P.C. personal injury attorney will investigate these conflicts by obtaining the following:
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- Accident reconstruction reports;
- Police reports, and
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wage information;
- Treatment notes;
- Results of x-rays or other diagnostic tools;
- Employment information;
- Interviews of witnesses
The medical treatment you receive following your accident is key to the length of time your claim will take to settle. You want to make sure you receive the treatment you need to allow you to return to the life you led prior to the accident. You may be referred to a specialist or surgeon, which could increase both the length of time it will take for you to recover as well as the amount of money your treatment will cost. If you settle your case prematurely, it is highly likely you will not receive the compensation you need to properly treat your injuries. Our attorneys will fight hard on your behalf to make sure all your medical bills are paid in full, while ensuring future medical complications related to the accident are also covered.
Finally, the amount of money your claim involves could also have a bearing on the amount of time it will take to settle your claim. If your personal injury case involves a large amount of money due to extensive injuries and medical expenses, then the insurance company may stall for a longer amount of time. In other words, when there is significant money at stake, insurance companies are likely to take longer to settle your claim, although your Corpus Christi personal injury attorney will ensure the process goes as quickly as possible.
I have very little money and am worried I can’t afford to hire an injury lawyer. What can I do?
Have no worries. You do not have to pay anything up front. Raub Law Firm, P.C. handles cases on a *“contingency fee basis”. This means we only get paid when you get paid. We are in the business of getting you the highest return in value.