When you are injured on someone else’s property, you need money to help you overcome your injuries as soon as possible. You are facing high expenses for your physical recovery, any property damaged in your accident, and the suffering you endured. However, the at-fault party may not want to pay you.
So, how long does it take to settle a premises liability claim? Unfortunately, there is not a single, uniform answer. Instead, the answer depends on many variables, which can impact the speed at which you receive a settlement. However, there are certain elements that your Oklahoma premises liability lawyer can review with you to help you get the funds you need as soon as possible.
When the At-Fault Party Is Willing to Settle
In some cases, the at-fault party may be willing to settle. They may know they have little chance of a successful case against you, especially once you seek legal representation. They may settle rather than draw out the claim with a link to the court case.
However, if they are willing to settle with you, be sure they are selling for the amount you need, not the amount they are willing to pay. While these faster negotiations can result in you getting answers within a few weeks, you never want to be in a situation where you have accepted a settlement, realized after the fact that you settled for less than you deserve, and are now unable to sue.
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What if My Case Goes to Court?
Sometimes, the at-fault party may be unwilling to settle with you or negotiate with your attorney. They may consistently refuse and obfuscate to avoid paying. In these cases, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against them.
However, these personal injury cases often take months or more than a year to settle. That can be difficult for you and your family to maintain over time, but it can mean getting the funds you are due for your suffering. Your lawyer can ensure you do not get left holding the bag and paying out of pocket for someone else’s mistakes.
How Can I Speed Up My Premises Liability Claim?
When injured in a premises liability claim, you may need help acting immediately. It can be challenging to live as you once did without, for example, the wages you would have received if you could work, the mounting medical debt, and the costs of filing a lawsuit. This can be stressful for many people, and you may want to speed up your claim as much as possible.
Working with an attorney is often the best way to speed up the premises liability claim process. Your lawyer has extensive experience in the courtroom, meaning they can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that could lead you to lengthen the amount of time it takes to settle a claim.
It can also help to talk with your attorney about getting the financial care you need during this time. For example, your attorney may be able to direct you toward resources that will cover your medical debts until you can pay them. That takes the pressure off you, so you can spend more time on your lawsuit, not worrying about how you will cover your next hospital bill.
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What Happens if I Do Not Act On Time?
While you may be in a rush to get your settlement handled now, time may be running out for your case. The clock starts ticking when your accident happens, so promptly acting is vital. Unfortunately, it is easy to run out of time.
In Oklahoma, you only have two years to file your claim according to the statute of limitations. That means if you do not file your claim within two years of your accident happening, you may lose your chance to sue. That leaves you paying out of pocket for all your expenses without the assistance a settlement could provide.
Remember that your lawyer can help you ensure you take the right steps within these time limits. All you have to do is reach out and talk to your attorney.
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Know Your Claim’s Value
When you are facing a premises liability claim, one of the most important things you can do is to know the value of your claim before you make any agreements. Many people are offered a settlement early in their case, only to find that they need more funds than expected. While waiting a long time to settle your claim may leave you feeling desperate, knowing your goals for compensation can help you stay committed and focused on your claim.
First, talk to your attorney about the economic damages you are due. These economic damages cover any financial losses you suffered from the accident. That includes medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and more.
You may also be compensated for your non-economic damages. These include any pain and suffering you have experienced or other intangible suffering that can impact your case. Your lawyer can help you calculate these accurately and correctly, ensuring you get the necessary coverage.
Seek Out a Premises Liability Attorney for Help
When you are hurt on someone else’s property, you may be due compensation to cover the cost of your recovery. Unfortunately, the outfall party may not be interested in helping you recover, instead focusing on their profits and finances. That leaves you struggling to get compensated fairly and speedily following your accident.
While the at-fault party may not be willing to compensate you for your suffering, our team at BDIW Law is ready to help. If you are struggling to complete your claim as soon as possible, you have an attorney on your side to help keep you on a steady timeline and to get the funds you are due when you are hurt.
When you are ready to speak to one of our injury attorneys, reach out for a free consultation. We offer these consultations to new clients who want to know more about their options before signing anything. When you can speak to an attorney, call or fill out the online contact form.
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