Personal Injury FAQ

Commonly Asked Questions Regarding

Personal Injury Claims

It’s common for people to have questions about personal injury claims after they’ve been injured in an accident. Oftentimes, you may not think about a situation until you’re actually in it, so when you find yourself the victim of a personal injury, consult our knowledgeable attorneys at Berg & Robeson for guidance on how to handle your claim. We don’t want incorrect information to hurt your chances for a fair settlement or impede your recovery. Look through our FAQ page or call us at (217)-525-1917 and we’ll clear up any misconceptions and answer whatever questions you may have.

What is the Personal Injury Claim Process?

The process for a personal injury claim begins when you file a summons and complaint to the court clerk where you’re filing the case. Your complaint should be detailed and include all the details of your case as well as your demands for recovery. The clerk will accept the filing and make copies so the defendant can be served with his/her own copy of the documents.

What Should I Do Immediately After a Personal Injury Accident?

The first thing you should do after a personal injury accident is to seek medical help, especially if your injuries are severe. It is also important to report the incident and have evidence to support your claim, like documents from your doctor and pictures of your injuries. When you’re able, write down a clear account of what happened while the details are still fresh in your mind. Make a list of witnesses if there were any and take down their contact information. It is also important that you follow any instructions from your doctor for your recovery and your attorney for your claim.Even if you don’t think you’ve been significantly injured, if an accident happened, you should still report the incident within the required period. Sometimes injuries aren’t noticeable right away but could develop over time. So, the first step should always be to report the accident to your employer, as well as any injuries you’ve sustained. They need this information for their records. Then the process of getting your workers’ compensation can begin.

What Happens If I’m Partially at Fault For My Injury?

If you feel partially at fault for your personal injury, you may be wondering how to proceed with your claim. Typically, as long as you are not more to blame than the defendant, you can still obtain a decent settlement. Your Berg & Robeson attorney will represent you professionally and fight for you to get the best possible settlement under the circumstances. Even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you were still injured through the fault of another and deserve appropriate compensation. This may be a proportional share of what you would have otherwise gained. This system is called comparative negligence and a jury will determine how to designate who is most at fault among the people involved in your particular case.Workers’ compensation will cover the medical expenses for your treatment as long as necessary, as well as any vocational rehabilitation that might be required to help you get back to work. An experienced attorney at Berg & Robeson will be able to give you an estimate of what you can expect depending on the extent of your injuries and the laws in the state.

How Long After an Accident Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

Like many legal situations, there is a statute of limitations when it comes to reporting and filing a personal injury claim. If you wait too long to file, you will lose out on a potential settlement, so be sure to address the issue right away. For most personal injury cases, the time frame for the statute of limitations is two years. As long as you file within that two-year time frame, you should be able to proceed with your case and seek the appropriate compensation.You don’t want to let the opportunity pass you by if you could get compensated for your suffering and supported through your recovery and medical expenses. Allow one of our attorneys to represent you, especially if you have been severely injured or disabled. We will fight diligently to get you the fair compensation you deserve.

How Can an Attorney Help with My Personal Injury?

An experienced attorney, like our knowledgeable team at Berg & Robeson, can help with your personal injury claim. When it comes to legal matters and getting your compensation, you’re going to want the best professionals to handle your case. An attorney will help support you every step of the way and use their expertise to get you the maximum settlement for the pains you’ve endured. When you work with us at Berg & Robeson, we’ll take the time to get to know you and the specific details of your case. We’ll strive to help you in every possible way so you can put this case behind you, feeling satisfied with the results.

What is the Average Settlement for a Personal Injury Case?

You may hear some stories in the news boasting about injury cases that settle for millions of dollars, but you should know that result is very rare. The majority of injury cases settle for between $3,000 and $75,000 on average. The details of the case, the state laws, the liable party, and the extent of your injuries are all factors that will help determine the outcome of your case and the amount of the settlement. Keep your expectations realistic, but know that if you hire Berg & Robeson, you will be trusting the best attorneys in the business and getting the best settlement possible.

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