Truck accidents can result in severe damage and significant financial hardship. In these situations, you may file a lawsuit against the driver, his or her employer, the manufacturer of a defective part, or another liable party to collect compensation for your injuries. Depending on the severity of the crash, your Oregon truck accident case may settle within a few months up to one or two years.
After a truck accident, you may have severe injuries that require extensive medical attention. Your lawyer will want to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) before initiating your truck accident case. It is important to wait until you reach MMI because you may not have a clear picture of your injuries or long-term needs early on in your case. You may inadvertently accept an insufficient settlement if you file too early.
By waiting to file until you reach MMI, your attorney will understand the full extent of your injuries and damages and will be able to advocate for the highest possible award. Depending on the severity of your injuries, it may take a few weeks up to several months until you reach this stage.
During this time, your attorney will begin conducting a thorough investigation into your accident. This may involve collecting evidence, reviewing your medical records, and speaking to experts who can provide testimony on your behalfs, such as healthcare providers or accident reconstruction specialists.
Once you reach MMI, your attorney will initiate your truck accident lawsuit. He or she will decide whether to send an initial demand letter to the at-fault party. This letter will detail your intent to file a lawsuit and the compensation you seek. It will also request the at-fault party to attend negotiations. If these negotiations are successful, your case may settle during this stage.
If you do not attend negotiations or the negotiations are unsuccessful, your attorney will file your lawsuit in Oregon civil court. Your case may settle at multiple stages of the lawsuit process.
Many factors can impact the length of a truck accident case, including unclear liability, severe injuries, and very high amounts of compensation. Failure to hire an attorney can also lengthen your case timeline. Without a lawyer, navigating negotiations can be difficult and errors may delay your case.
With an attorney, however, you will have an advocate who will fight to achieve maximum compensation as swiftly as possible. Contact a Portland truck accident lawyer to discuss your optimal path to recovery.