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How much is my personal injury case worth in Arkansas and how long will it take?

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Personal injuries after an accident can be devastating. You could be facing mounting medical bills, the inability to work, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You need money and you need it as soon as possible. You are wondering how much you can recover and how soon you can get your money.

The answer is more complicated than you might think. There are several factors that affect how much you can recover and when. The most important issue is how badly you were hurt. The worse your injuries, the more you can receive.

The extent of your injuries after an accident is one of the major factors that can determine how much can be collected. Someone you care about might have died and you might need money for their medical bills and funeral expenses. Some injuries often do not show up for weeks and months. You might need ongoing medical care that could last the rest of your life.

Your injuries might also not be as serious as you thought. While this will make the value of your recovery less, it is actually a good thing. No amount of money is worth the personal cost to you and your family of a serious injury.

There are other factors that will also affect your compensation. There is the cost of emergency treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, physical therapy and lost wages. There is also pain and suffering, and that can be one of the biggest parts of a settlement or lawsuit. Severe injuries can lead to substantial compensation.

What Should I Do After An Accident?

Each year, there are about 63,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arkansas. There are over 170 accidents every day, with almost 500 traffic-related fatalities annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas has more traffic accident-related deaths than the national average in all age groups.

There are a variety of other things besides motor vehicle accidents that cause personal injuries. They include premises liability, (including slip-and-fall accidents, animal attacks and negligence). Workplace accidents are also a leading cause of personal injuries.

How you respond after an accident can determine how successful your personal injury case will be. If you are in a car accident, there are several things you should do, including:

  • Make sure everyone in the accident is alright.
  • Call 911. Someone at the scene might need medical care. The police will also be able to document the scene.
  • Take photos of the scene. This gives you evidence.
  • Record what happened in the accident.
  • Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
  • Get medical attention.
  • Do not make any statements to insurance company representatives.
  • Protect your rights. Talk to your attorney as soon as you can.
  • Do not accept a settlement from the insurance company. Their adjusters will try to get you to settle as quickly as possible and for as little as possible.

It Can Cost You Dearly If You Settle Before Talking To An Attorney

Accepting a settlement too early is one of the biggest mistakes people often make. You need money to cover your expenses, and it is tempting to accept the money. It might seem like a fair amount. However, you might not know the extent of your injuries.

You should go to your doctor, who will document your injuries. Be sure to follow their recommended treatment. If you stop too early, the insurance company can claim that you are no longer injured.

How Long Will I Have to Wait To Receive The Settlement?

The statute of limitations in Arkansas is three years from the time of the accident. If you were in an accident, you probably have bills and you might be out of work. You might be tempted to settle, but it is not a good idea. Be patient. Do not accept any money or sign anything until you know how bad you are hurt and how long it will take to recover. You might need treatment the rest of your life, and your situation will be much worse if you do not have the money you need.

As your attorney, I would never make a demand for compensation until we know how bad your injuries are. Only then will we know how much money you need. You want enough money to fully recover and to pay for all the medical care you need. If the insurance company is willing to give you a fair settlement, we will accept it. If not, we will take your case to trial.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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