The award is related to the costs incurred.
This varies from each case and each individual. Know that going to trial can take years, but many times in return the judgment in court is larger than in a settlement.
No. Tell the insurance company that you will get back to them. In the meantime, contact an attorney immediately. Often an insurance company will offer a minimal amount of money in return for your signature stating that you will not sue them. Never take an insurance check without first consulting an attorney.
Normally, in cases such as these, you do not pay the attorney any money until, and if, you win your case. If you do win, they are likely to request 33% of the settlement.
A claim that the defendant in a suit has against the plaintiff from the same transaction.
Discovery allows both parties to “discover” information in the case. The purpose is to narrow the basis of the complaint and to eliminate surprises to both parties.
Written questions by one party to the other, which are answered under oath.
A formal interview under oath in the presence of a court reporter. The answers in a deposition are oral.
Only about 1% of all personal injury cases end in a court; most will settle.
Usually, it will include attorney, clerk, witness, and docket fees.