In our blog we will try to provide you with general information regarding car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and personal injury cases, as well as updates in important cases and statutes dealing with family law in New Hampshire. This is not to be construed as legal advice. Every case is unique and small facts can make a difference.
How Long Is It Going to Take to Resolve My Accident Case?
We see many clients in our offices who ask the same question – “How long is it going to take to resolve my New Hampshire accident case?” To answer this common question, we’ve prepared a simple guide that will describe all of the procedures involved concerning the “average” personal injury lawsuit.
Documenting the Accident Scene and Determining Fault
If you have been involved in a motorcycle or automobile collision, it is imperative to ensure that law enforcement officials are called to the scene to thoroughly document the accident, gather witness statements, and determine who was at fault for the accident. If a New Hampshire personal injury claim is going to be successful, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the defendant was responsible for the collision and their resulting injuries. Simply put, you must have been injured through no fault of your own.
Receiving Medical Attention
If your automobile accident resulted in serious bodily injury, seeking immediate medical attention is of the utmost importance. Ambulance transport to the nearest hospital is often required for severe injuries. If you do not promptly seek medical attention, an insurance adjustor will view this as evidence that you do not receive any accident related injuries or as proof that your injuries are not as severe as you claim. This will make a claim for injuries more difficult to prove and will result in less monetary compensation, if you can receive any at all.
Finding a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer
It is critically important to have an experienced NH personal injury attorney by your side. Severe injuries require months, even years, of medical treatment and care. An experienced lawyer will assist you in navigating through each step of the legal process. Critical components of your personal injury claim that your attorney will handle include pain and suffering, documenting damages (e.g. lost wages), coordinating insurance and health payments, and managing medical bills. Moreover, while working on your personal injury claim, your NH injury attorney will conduct witness and client interviews, obtain medical records and bills, investigate the at fault party’s ability to pay a judgement, and examine comparative fault issues, amongst many other tasks.
Negotiating a Settlement
After you have reached maximum medical improvement and do not require additional medical care or treatment, a demand package will be forward to the opposition’s lawyer or to the insurance provider. This package will list the damage aspects of your claim and set forth liability. This is your attorney’s opportunity to create, for the insurance provider, a comprehensive picture of your injuries and damages, which will include medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. A lawsuit is not always required to obtain the monetary compensation you seek. For example, our NH personal injury lawyers are often able to reach a satisfactory voluntary settlement with an insurance provider. If fair compensation is not provided, the next step in the process will be to file a lawsuit.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in New Hampshire
The process of going to trial in New Hampshire begins with the filing of a lawsuit. The process of litigation is often expensive and time consuming. On average, a personal injury lawsuit will take up to two years before the trial actually begins. Because New Hampshire has a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to retain legal counsel as soon as you are able after your accident.
Discovery, Negotiation, and Mediation
The discovery process enables both parties in a lawsuit to investigate the claim for monetary compensation, in addition to any planned defenses. Many settlement negotiations begin during the discovery process. If an appropriate settlement cannot be reached, mediation offers another method of reaching a settlement before the trial actually begins.
The Jury Trial
The majority of New Hampshire motorcycle and automobile accident claims are settled before reaching trial. If a claim cannot be resolved, a jury will be selected, your personal injury lawyer will present your case and request a monetary award for compensation. The jury process affords you the opportunity to request compensation for your injuries from you peers.
For more information regarding personal injury claims in the state of New Hampshire, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.
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