What We Do for Your Case
After being injured, your only focus should be getting better. Dealing with constant phone calls from insurance companies and worrying about how to find a lawyer should be the last thing on your mind. Our goal at The Jackman Law Firm is to make your experience as positive, stress-free, and successful as it can be. You are our number one priority and your case matters to us. We will treat you like family.
Here is how we will work on your case from the first moment:
- We will come to your home, office, or hospital, wherever and whenever is most convenient to you. You are also welcome to come to one of our office locations. Again, we want to make this process as easy for you as possible.
- We will discuss your case and take detailed notes on how you were injured.
- We will give you an overview of your case and what to expect in terms of litigation and how much your case may be worth.
- We will have you sign a contract and releases so we can obtain your medical documents and other documents that may be necessary to successfully win your case.
From the moment we meet you we are thinking and strategizing about how to best position your case for success and achieve the most amount of money possible for your case. We will take every step possible and necessary to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. We will do the following:
- Obtain your medical records and bills
- Order the police report
- Interview witnesses
- Investigate the scene where you were hurt and take notes and photographs
- Retain the appropriate experts, if needed
- Meet with your physicians
Once we have done our due diligence and completed our thorough investigation into your case, we will make a recommendation as to whether we should try to negotiate with the insurance company out of court or if we should go ahead and file the lawsuit and prepare for trial or arbitration. After your case has been filed, we will take depositions of everyone who plays a key role in your case. This will be witnesses, the defendant who harmed you, the doctors who have treated you, the doctors who have been retained by the defense, and we will also meet with your witnesses, such as family and friends who know what you have been through because of the accident.
After the discovery process is complete, we will restart settlement talks with the insurance company in hopes that we can amicably resolve your claim out of court. Again, if this is not successful, we will proceed to trial and attempt to obtain a large verdict for your case.How Long Will Your Personal Injury Case Take to Settle?
Every case is different of course. Your case is unique and it is hard to compare it to other cases. Generally speaking, it is best to wait for you to finish treating entirely for your injuries so we have all of your records, bills, and wage loss information before we try to obtain an out of court settlement. This could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. If we have to file a lawsuit, expect the case to take between eight and twelve months to complete. In King and Pierce Counties, a computer automatically generates a case schedule that puts a trial one year from the date of your injury.Will Your Case Go to Court?
It is hard to say whether your case whether your case will or will not go to a trial. When we talk about a case going to court, we are really talking about, at least as far as most people are concerned, whether your case is going to go to a trial, which means it will be decided by either a judge or jury.
Statistically speaking, less than 10% of all personal injury cases will go to trial, but that does not mean that yours will not of course. It is, however, much more likely that your case will be filed in court. This means that it is likely, much more likely than 10%, that your case will be turn into a lawsuit that is filed, meaning there will be discovery done, depositions taken, and steps will be taken to get your case ready for trial even if it does not go all the way to a trial.
Ultimately, it is your decision whether your case goes to trial or settles before it goes to trial. As your attorney, we can only make recommendations. We cannot force you to settle your case.