You may have done everything in your power to avoid the devastating car accident that put you in the hospital, but like other Kentucky residents, you could not control the actions of the other driver. Now, you ended up with serious injuries that keep you from work and cost you in medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. You believe the other party is responsible for your current situation and wonder what to do next.

You have heard of personal injury claims, but do not really know much about them. Perhaps you have never had any need to see the inside of a Kentucky courthouse, and are not familiar with how the process of civil claims works. The fact is that most personal injury claims end up settling without the need to go to court. The parties involved negotiate the terms of a settlement and formalize it with an agreement.

Even so, you do not have to wait to file a formal complaint with the court. In fact, the negotiations can remain ongoing while the official case moves forward. You may need to file a lawsuit even if you are already in negotiations to settle your claims in order to avoid missing your deadline to make a claim. One important fact that many people either do not know or forget is that they only have a limited amount of time in order to file many types of claims, including a personal injury lawsuit.

It may be beneficial to discuss your claims with an attorney not only to understand your legal options and rights, but also to know whether you are coming up against the statute of limitations, which is your deadline to file. More than that, however, an attorney can advocate for you in court or during negotiations while you focus on recovering from your injuries. If the evidence presented successfully proves that the other driver caused the accident, you may receive the restitution you need.

Source: FindLaw, “Personal Injury Law: The Basics“, Accessed on March 3, 2018