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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.
Why Do Most Personal Injury Cases Settle?
The vast majority of personal injury claimants settle to save time and money, while reducing risk.
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.
Should I Handle My Own Personal Injury Claim?
An injury-related insurance claim doesn't always require a lawyer's help, but make sure you know what you're getting into.
Mediation of Personal Injury Claims
Mediation may offer a quicker, cheaper, and often less stressful resolution to your personal injury case.
Is Your Personal Injury Settlement Taxable?
When Uncle Sam might be able to get his hands on part of your injury settlement.
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.
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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 insurance adjuster's role can give you an advantage when negotiating your personal 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 typically figure out how much a personal injury case is worth.
When the Claims Adjuster Wants to Know Who Your Witnesses Are
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 claim, the adjuster will request your medical records, and could ask for an independent medical examination (IME).
Tips for the Independent Medical Examination (IME) in an Injury Claim
Protect your legal rights during and after your independent medical examination (IME) in a personal injury case.
Insurers and "Bad Faith" in Injury Cases
If the insurance company is denying your injury claim or negotiating in "bad faith," here's what you can do.
First Discussions With an Insurance Company After an Injury
When talking with the other party's insurance company after an accident, be polite but say little.
How Settlement Negotiation Works in an Injury Case
The basics of negotiating your personal injury settlement after an accident or injury.
Tips for Negotiating an Injury Settlement With an Insurance Company
Position yourself to get the best settlement from the insurance company after any kind of accident.
Negotiating With Your Own Insurance Company 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.
When Personal Injury Settlement Talks Fail
Try these tactics when personal 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 insurance company's unreasonably low injury settlement 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?
Personal Injury Case Timeline
What to expect at each stage of a typical personal injury case.
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: What is the Statute of Limitations
Every state has one; learn about these strict filing deadlines for personal injury lawsuits.
Personal Injury Demand Letter Basics
Settling your personal injury case may be as easy as writing an effective demand letter.
Write a Winning Demand Letter
Crafting a convincing demand letter is often the key to getting the best outcome to your personal injury claim.
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
If your injury was caused by a government entity or employee in California, your claim will follow a unique set of rules.
Making an Injury Claim Under the Texas Tort Claims Act
If your case involves the potential liability of a Texas government agency or employee, your injury claim will need to follow a unique set of rules.
Making an Injury Claim Against the Government in Florida
What if your injuries were caused by the action of a government entity or employee in Florida?
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 connect with the right attorney for you and your personal injury claim.