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What To Expect: Before And After You File An Injury Claim

Before you decide to file an injury lawsuit, your lawyer will likely try to negotiate with the insurance companies. If this is done, it is because it is in the best interest of your claim to avoid lengthy trial litigation.

Your attorney will present a demand letter for your damages that states who is responsible for your injuries and the amount of compensation necessary for your losses. The ball is really in the insurance company’s court here — how it reacts will determine whether you file a personal injury lawsuit in Ohio to recover damages.

It is not uncommon for negotiations to swing back and forth between the vested parties at this stage. A substantial settlement can be reached in this manner, and a good attorney will be looking to help the client reach a settlement without expensive litigation.

If a proper settlement agreement cannot be reached, it is time to go to court. Your attorney will begin prepping your case:

  • Jury selection
  • Pretrial hearings
  • Depositions
  • Witness testimony
  • Reviewing evidence
  • Formulating argument strategies

It is wise to sit back and let your attorneys do the work they are trained for at this stage. A good attorney will keep you informed of your rights and case developments and prepare you for what to expect during litigation.

Reaching A Settlement

Be patient in matters concerning your personal injury settlement. A favorable settlement is often the result of months or even years of hard work and litigation.

Clients are typically eager to receive their personal injury settlements — particularly soon after they have been injured. We advise people to wait as long as it takes, so that the full extent of your damages can be accounted for in a settlement.

When a settlement has been signed by both parties, it typically bars the plaintiff from seeking any further legal recourse for damages. It is devastating to negotiate a settlement only to have permanent disabilities surface after the ink has dried.

Reaching a settlement is one of the last milestones in the legal process. It marks the end of a long sought-after goal and the beginning of a new life with the resources to manage your damages.

Turn To Our Team — We Can Help You

The process of negotiating with insurance companies and recovering the maximum compensation you need and deserve isn’t always straightforward or easy without help from a skilled lawyer. At Dittmer, Wagoner & Steele LLC, we understand this better than most, which is why we stand at the ready to help you from the beginning of negotiations to the conclusion of your settlement.

We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience handling a wide range of legal matters, including the successful resolution of numerous personal injury claims. From car crashes to product liability and everything in between, we are equipped to identify at-fault parties, hold them accountable for their actions and recover fair settlements our clients are happy with.

Understand your legal options and stay informed at every turn with help from our compassionate, courteous and efficient team of attorneys. Contact our Gahanna office today to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. Call 614-800-2400 or send us an email with a brief description of your case to get started.