Posted: November 19, 2013
Continuing from Personal Injury FAQs (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding what you can expect when it comes to filing personal injury cases. Keep in mind, however, that the circumstances of your case can affect the general information below and that you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for specific information about your claims.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The length of time you have to file a personal injury claim is referred to as the statute of limitations for the case. While the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 2 years in Illinois, it is 5 years in Missouri. This means that, once the statute of limitations for a case has expired, you will no longer be able to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. It’s important to point out that the statute of limitations starts either:
- On the date that the accident responsible for your injuries occurred
- On the date when you first became aware that you were injured (due to, for example, an official diagnosis from a medical professional).
How much is my case worth?
The value of your case – in other words, the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled – will generally depend on:
- The types and severity of your injuries (including whether your injuries have caused any permanent disabilities, will require long-term treatments, etc.)
- Whether you have been unable to work for any period of time due to your injuries
- Whether any of your property was damaged
- The estimated value of your mental anguish resulting from the accident and injuries.
How long will it take for me to be compensated for my injuries?
Every case is different, so it really depends on the specifics of your claim when it comes to estimating how long it will take to resolve your case. One factor that could prolong your case is if you are unable to agree upon a settlement with the negligent party, which would mean that your case would go to mediation and/or trial.
St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered from any type of personal injury or have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, contact the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including traffic accident lawsuits, catastrophic injury claims, nursing home abuse lawsuits, dog bite claims, etc. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives.
For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.