Get tips on settling your lawsuit and negotiating with an insurance company. Plus, understand when you can probably handle a personal injury case on your own, and when it's wise to talk with an experienced attorney.
How Much Can I Get for My Personal Injury Case and How Long Will It Take?
Results from Nolo’s nationwide personal injury survey: how long the process takes, average settlements and awards, and how to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Settling Your Personal Injury Claim FAQ
If you are injured in an accident, here are the first steps to take.
Personal Injury Claims: When You Need a Lawyer
For certain personal injury claims -- such as those for severe injuries, malpractice, or toxic exposure -- you'll want to consult a lawyer.
Personal Injury Claims: When You Can Handle Your Own
An injury-related insurance claim doesn't always require a lawyer -- sometimes it's smart to handle your own claim after an accident.
Mediation of Personal Injury Claims
You can use mediation to reach a quicker, cheaper, and often less stressful resolution to your personal injury dispute.
Is Your Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?
Find out when part of your injury settlement is taxable.
Understanding Health Insurance Claims on Personal Injury Settlements
Count on your health insurer trying to recover its expenses paid in connection with your medical care.
Health Care Provider Claims on Personal Injury Settlements
The hospital, your physician, or even EMS could have a valid lien that could affect your settlement.
Dealing With Your Insurance Company FAQ
Communicating with insurance companies about your personal injury claim.
Insurance Adjusters: Who They Are and How They Handle an Injury Claim
Understanding the role of the insurance adjuster can give you an advantage when negotiating your injury claim.
What If the Claims Adjuster Denies Coverage?
A look at your options when the insurance company says your injury isn't covered under the policy.
How Do Insurers Value an Injury Claim?
Here's how insurance companies determine the value of your personal injury claim.
When the Claims Adjuster Wants to Know Your Witnesses
You've got witnesses to the incident that led to your injuries, and the adjuster is asking about them. What now?
Insurance Adjuster Requests for Medical Records and Exams
In evaluating your injury claim, the adjuster will request your medical records, and could ask for an IME.
Tips for the Independent Medical Examination (IME) in an Injury Claim
If you are making an injury claim, your insurance policy may require you to submit to an independent medical examination (IME)
Insurers and "Bad Faith" in Injury Cases
If you believe that an insurance company isn't negotiating in good faith, what can you do?
Insurance Adjusters: First Discussions
When talking about personal injuries to the other party's insurance company, remember this rule: Be polite but say little.
How the Negotiation Process Works in an Injury Case
The basics of negotiating your insurance claim with an adjuster after an accident or injury.
Tips for Negotiating With an Insurance Company
How to succeed in negotiating your insurance claim.
Negotiating With Your Own Insurer After an Injury
Tips on handling a "first party" injury claim under your own insurance coverage.
Improper Settlement Tactics to Watch Out For
Be wary of these suspect arguments from the insurance adjuster, and learn how to respond.
What to Do When Injury Settlement Talks Fail
Try these tactics when injury settlement negotiations have stalled or broken off.
Sample Reply Letter to Too-Low Injury Settlement Offer
Use this sample as a guide in crafting your own response to the adjuster's unreasonably low offer.
Will the insurance adjuster use a settlement formula in valuing my injury claim?
Will the insurance adjuster use a settlement formula in valuing my injury case?
Timeline for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you think you might have a personal injury claim, you might be wondering what goes on in a typical case, and how long it takes.
How Do I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
You’ve decided to file a personal injury lawsuit. What now? Here's how the process works, and what to expect.
The Defendant's "Answer" to a Personal Injury Lawsuit
After a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the defendant must file a response (usually called an "Answer") which can include a number of attempts to poke holes in the plaintiff's case.
Time Limits for a Personal Injury Lawsuit: Watch the Statute of Limitations
Every state has one; learn about these strict filing deadlines for personal injury lawsuits.
Demand Letters: The Basics
Settling your dispute may be as easy as writing a payment demand letter.
Write a Winning Demand Letter
To settle your insurance claim, you must craft a convincing demand letter. Here are some tips.
Car Accident Where Injuries are Disputed - Sample Demand Letter
Some car accident injury claims can get pretty contentious, especially when the insurance adjuster disputes the seriousness of your injuries or the extent of your medical bills.
Making an Injury Claim Under the California Tort Claims Act
Learn about filing a claim against the State of California for injuries or other losses caused by the negligence of a state government entity or employee.
Making an Injury Claim Under the Texas Tort Claims Act
Learn about filing a personal injury lawsuit against the State of Texas for personal injuries sustained from a state government entity or employee.
Making an Injury Claim Against the Government in Florida
Learn about filing a personal injury lawsuit against the State of Florida for personal injuries sustained from a state government entity or employee.
What Should I Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Before you hire a personal injury lawyer, make sure all your questions are answered. Here's what to consider asking during your initial consultation.
Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer
How to find a good personal injury attorney to help you with your accident or injury claim.