Settling a DC Truck Accident Case
Truck accident are known to cause horrific and often catastrophic damage. It is best to retain the services of a trained truck accident attorney to learn about your options for compensation. Roger Gelb can walk you through the steps it takes to file and litigate a personal injury claim.
A truck accident settlement is similar to any other personal injury settlement. It is evaluated based on the liability. It is evaluated based on the venue, if it is a Washington DC accident. Other factors that need to be considered by the lawyer when trying to settle the case, where it is going to be filed, because that changes the value, how soon it could be filed, those make a difference in me interpreting the value of the claim.
Besides where the collision occurred, a truck accident attorney will look at how much the bills are, lost wages, property damage, residual scarring, residual pain, your prognosis, and calculate a settlement amount. Roger Gelb will them make a demand and compare the insurance company’s offer to determine how to proceed.
Length of the Settlement Process
Typically, it takes about four to six weeks from the time an attorney gets everything regarding the case including medical bills, lost wages, medical records, to the carrier before the attorney receives a settlement offer.
Reasons to Settle
A claimant would typically want to go to trial if they think they can do better. There would be no other reason to do it because it is a much slower, more expensive process than settling. If they make an offer that is below what the claimant can get a trial, then they should not settle the claim. Often, people settle claims too early because they need compensation immediately, or they do not want to be in court for months or even years.
How Does The Jury Play A Role In Calculating Settlement?
If there is a settlement offer, it is usually done pre-litigation. If there is a jury involved, they will calculate the value of the claim. There are several elements that the courts will look at when calculating a settlement. First, the courts will look at all medical expenses and award what they think are reasonable and necessary.
Additionally, the jury will look any pain and suffering, which they like to typically take the number of months that the person was treating, and give the person something depending on what they went through. The duration of the treatment or how long the claimant is treated is also important. A seasoned truck accident attorney could calculate these damages and determine an appropriate settlement amount.
Discuss Your Options With a Local Truck Accident Lawyer Today
If you are injured in a truck accident, you should seek legal help as soon as possible. The legal team at Gelb & Gelb P.C. could provide crucial help when settling a DC truck accident case. Let our team help you get the compensation you need to move forward. Call today to schedule a consultation.