Personal Injury Accident and Lawsuit FAQs (Part 2)
March 5, 2014
Continuing from Personal Injury Accident and Lawsuit FAQs (Part 1), below are some more commonly asked questions and answers regarding various personal injury issues. If you have additional questions or want some info that is more specific to your particular injuries and case, call the Portland personal injury attorneys at the Savage Law Firm.
Q: Insurers have been calling me. Should I just accept a settlement from them?
A: NO. In many cases, insurance companies will try to offer you a settlement for less than your claim is worth because they operate under the assumptions that accident victims need money and just want to resolve their cases as soon as possible – even it means taking less than what they deserve for their case. Because many people aren’t aware of this (and because many people wrongfully assume that insurers are looking out for them), they may just accept the first settlement offered to them by insurance companies.
If you find yourself getting settlement offers from insurers, it’s critical that you do NOT sign anything, cash any checks or accept these offers before speaking to a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to far more compensation than you are being offered, and an experienced lawyer can help you get the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
Q: What will my compensation cover?
A: While the amount of compensation to which a person is entitled will vary from case to case, in general, personal injury settlements can include awards to cover the injured person’s:
- Hospital bills
- Ongoing medical expenses (including longer-term care costs)
- Lost wages (which may include compensation for future inability to work)
- Property damage
- Permanent impairments
- Mental suffering.
Q: How long do I have to file my case?
A: The legal deadline for filing a personal injury claim is known as the statute of limitations, and such statutes vary from state to state. In Oregon, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years. Effectively, this means that accident victims will have two years from the date of the accident – or the date on which they became aware of their injuries – to file their claim.
Once this timeframe passes, victims will no longer be entitled to seek compensation from the party (or parties) legally responsible for causing their injuries.
Stay posted for the forthcoming third part of this blog for some final information regarding personal injury lawsuits and compensation.
How the Portland Personal Injury Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm Can Help You
If you have been injured and want to find out more about whether you have a case, the Portland personal injury attorneys at the Savage Law Firm want to meet with you. We are ready to discuss your rights and possible case during a free, no obligations initial consult. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.
To learn more about our legal services and what we can do for you, call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page.