Sometimes, when you need a settlement, court cases can really feel like they go on forever. Usually if there is an accident involved, your attorney will be able to resolve the matter fairly quickly. One of the best ways to make that a much faster process is in settling with the insurance companies, but that’s not always possible. In the worst case scenario, however, going to trial and actually having to have a jury render a verdict can take some time, but it’s usually worthwhile to obtain the results a client deserves.
If your damages are not severe and the offer from the defense is reasonable, settling out of court with the insurers is usually the best way to go. The problem is that insurance companies often attempt to contact the client themselves in such cases, and they will try to convince the injured party that they can negotiate themselves. This is not true. Even at the earliest stages in a case, it is always important to retain the best auto accident attorney you can to make sure your rights are being protected.
Usually, an insurance adjuster will try to make the meeting feel as informal as possible, but having your lawyer present is important. They’ll contact you fairly quickly to try to discuss the accident with you but it’s always key to refer such things to your lawyer. They are much better equipped to not only set these meetings up but to also help you in dealing with the tactics that an adjuster will often employ to try to lower the amount of the settlement they have to pay out.
If litigation is needed, being represented by an attorney is crucial. Your case will need to follow all of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure and other matters will have to be addressed. Counter claims, cross claims, and other things can really complicate what may from the outset seem a relatively simple case. As you get more parties involved, the process may take a little longer but most cases can be resolved within six months in county court, and in district court, within a year.
The discovery process may take up quite a bit of this time frame. In that time both parties will be gathering information such as request for production or inspecting documents, written questions, requests for admissions, physical or even mental examinations as well as depositions. It’s also important to understand that just because your case was not settled immediately, that doesn’t mean it can’t be. A case can be settled out of court even when it’s already in trial. If you’ve been injured in an accident, don’t hesitate. Having an experienced lawyer on your side will help to make this process much more efficient.