A Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

A Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

Have you suffered an injury through the actions of another person or entity? You might consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to hold them accountable. Many of those that have been injured don’t realize you have only so much time file a lawsuit from the date of injury. But how long will it take to see results if you do decide to file a personal injury lawsuit?

Keep reading for a quick breakdown of the typical personal injury lawsuit timeline so you know.

A Breakdown of the Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

Are you interested in the personal injury lawsuit process? Here are the four main steps.

1. Hire a Lawyer to Negotiate Before Filing a Lawsuit
The first step in a personal injury lawsuit is to hire a lawyer to review your claim. They may try to settle your case with the accused party before filing the lawsuit. Most lawyers will not take on a case unless you have reached the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI), or when you’ve recovered as much as you can.

2. Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit and Discovery
If your lawyer cannot negotiate a settlement, they will file the lawsuit and begin the discovery process. It is the process of collecting evidence to defend or refute a lawsuit.

Discovery involves the sending and answering of interrogatories as well as depositions. This can take between 6 months and 1 year.

3. Mediation and Negotiation
Once the discovery process ends, your lawyer will attempt to negotiate a settlement again. Your lawyer may try doing it lawyer-to-lawyer or through a court-appointed mediator.

4. Trial and Settlement
If you cannot come to an agreement during mediation, then your personal injury case will go to trial. The trial itself can last anywhere from a day up to a few weeks. It depends on how soon you can get your case before a judge and how many times it gets rescheduled.

After you reach a settlement agreement, you will receive your settlement funds in a lump sum or as a part of structured settlements. Talk with your attorney to figure out what’s your best option.

How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
Once you understand the personal injury lawsuit process, you can estimate how long it will take for the suit to finish. Most personal injury lawsuits take anywhere from a few months up to a couple of years to resolve. That’s if no other problems prolong the process.

The three most common reasons a personal injury claim will take longer than expected are:

  • Difficulty proving liability and damages
  • Cases that involve a large amount of money
  • The plaintiff has not reached the point of MMI

If you know your case will involve any of these issues, expect it to take a least 6 months longer than a standard personal injury suit. Dealing with a lawsuit is never easy, especially when you’re hurt. Hire an attorney that is well equipped with the experience and reputation you need to get the results you deserve.

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Verizon Commits $1 Million to Help Habitat for Humanity’s Recovery Efforts on the Gulf Coast

Verizon Commits $1 Million to Help Habitat for Humanity’s Recovery Efforts on the Gulf Coast

Even though 2019 hurricane season underway, communities along the Gulf Coast continue to rebuild after last year’s devastating season. Verizon announced today its Foundation is providing $1 million in support of Habitat for Humanity’s recovery efforts. In addition, more than 20 volunteers from Verizon are on hand helping to raise the walls on the latest home being built in the Panhandle.

“Verizon is committed to the communities where we live and work, and we’re honored to stand side-by-side today with those impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and group CEO of Verizon Consumer. “Recovery and rebuilding will take years, and this grant to Habitat for Humanity to support their critically important work on the ground is just one example of the commitment we’ve made to be there for our customers and the community.”

“I visited Panama City soon after Hurricane Michael passed and witnessed first-hand the devastation it brought about,” said Tami Erwin, executive vice president and group CEO of Verizon Business. “We made a commitment then to stay in the community for the long haul and this is our most recent pledge to support residents and businesses.”

Long after first responders provide immediate relief following a disaster, the need for ongoing support remains critical. Habitat helps affected families rebuild through its long-term recovery efforts.

“With support from partners like Verizon, we can help more families in the Gulf Coast build back stronger and make a lasting difference in their communities,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president for corporate and cause marketing at Habitat. “It’s more important than ever that families know they are not alone as they rebuild.”

Verizon often talks about how it runs to a crisis, and following Hurricane Michael the organization has committed more than $25 million to its network in the Panhandle and more than $2 million in grants to organizations like Habitat for Humanity. This helps impacted communities to recover and rebuild. Verizon also invested in additional mobile network assets with satellite connections that can be deployed anywhere a natural disaster strikes. Big thanks to Verizon.

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Forgotten Category 5 Hurricane Still Casts Shadow on Floridians

Forgotten Category 5 Hurricane Still Casts Shadow on Floridians

Hurricane Michael was a storm many Panhandle residents will never forget; however, the rest of Florida seems to have forgotten according to a survey released by REBUILD 850. This historic storm made landfall on October 10, 2018, and was the strongest storm to ever hit the Florida Panhandle, with wind speeds of up to 155 mph- it was just recently was upgraded to a category 5. The storm and the devastation that comes along with it moved quickly throughout the area, leaving at least 43 dead and entire towns wiped away. Damages are estimated to at least $5 billion but recovery has been slow for many locals.

Rebuild 850 was launched shortly after Hurricane Michael made landfall with the intentions “to keep North Florida’s recovery front and center and to marshal ongoing support” according to their website. REBUILD 850 is co-chaired by former Florida House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford and former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham. They also have a diverse team of dedicated partner organizations urging anyone that can to visit, volunteer, donate, and invest in this region that has been so devastated by Hurricane Michael.

The survey results collected by Sachs Media Groupon on behalf of the National Hurricane Survival Initiative and Rebuild 850 showed nearly half of respondents would do nothing to help people affected by the hurricane and nearly 75 percent said they would not consider donating money to help with relief efforts. Lack of public support might be because for most Floridians, life has gone back to normal. They are not reminded day in and day out of the devastation left by the storm like the residents of the Panhandle. As the new hurricane season ramps up, the Panhandle is still in shambles from last year’s Category 5 storm.

The survey was meant to gauge statewide awareness of the storm and its continued effects. “These panhandle residents need the support of our entire state,” said Allan Bense, REBUILD 850 co-chair and former Speaker of the House. “These communities are suffering. We’re all Floridians, and we need to come together. We are urging all Floridians to lend a hand to our most vulnerable citizens.” Homelessness, unemployment, and mental health issues are still very real issues for these Floridians. “Many Panhandle residents feel like they’ve been forgotten by their state,” said former Congresswoman Gwen Graham. “These survey results are incredibly frustrating. Families are camped out in tents and children are struggling with anxiety, and Floridians in other areas of the state are unaware.”

Even more disheartening was the fact that the report found nearly half of those respondents didn’t know which hurricane had hit the panhandle and fewer than half understood the severity of Hurricane Michael. “While we’re thankful for the federal and state funding the Panhandle relief and coverage effort has received, we need to come together as Floridians to do even more,” said former House Speaker Will Weatherford. “This was the second most powerful storm to ever hit the mainland United States, and it will continue to take more time and money to recover and rebuild.”

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, medical malpractice and property damage firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the country.  Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season 2019?

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season 2019?

Hurricane season officially begins this weekend so if you are not prepared yet, it’s time to get prepared for the possibility of a big storm. Although the season isn’t technically here, we’ve already seen the first named storm with Subtropical Storm Andrea forming in the Atlantic in May. But how soon will it be before coastal communities in the Atlantic or the Gulf Coast are bracing for more storms?

The hurricane season typically runs from June 1 until November 30, with a spike in hurricanes and tropical storms usually happening in September. In September 2017, Hurricane Irma impacted the Florida coast and was followed by Hurricane Maria, which destroyed areas of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle last year and was the most intense hurricane ever recorded, the most expensive and deadly hurricane ever, and the largest hurricane in diameter.

So, what do you need to do to be prepared for the potentially big storm? Well emotionally, you are ever prepared but there are some items that you should have on hand such as:

Some of the items you should always have on hand include:

  • An Emergency Plan
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries
  • Candles/flashlights
  • A NOAA radio, or radio for emergencies
  • Canned goods or non-perishable foods
  • A safe for important documents
  • An app to monitor the weather

Researchers are predicting 13 named storms during the upcoming hurricane season. Five storms this season are predicted to become hurricanes and two to reach major hurricane strength, which is classified as Category 3 to Category 5. “It takes only one storm near you to make this an active season,” cautioned Michael Bell, associate professor in the CSU Department of Atmospheric Science. If the last few seasons have taught us anything, being over prepared is ever a bad thing. Other than items you should have on hand, you should also make sure your homeowner’s insurance policy is also in good standing and covers what you need it to in the event a hurricane does happen, and damage is done to the property.

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, medical malpractice and property damage firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the country.  Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

Hurricane Michael Gets Upgraded to Rare Category 5 status

Hurricane Michael Gets Upgraded to Rare Category 5 status

Hurricane Michael, which devastated a swath of the Florida Panhandle, has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, only the fourth to make recorded landfall in the United States and the first since 1992.

The announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday came as no surprise to those still struggling to recover from the storm’s destruction.

“My thought is simply that most of us thought we were dealing with a (Category) 5 anyway,” said Al Cathey, mayor of Mexico Beach, which bore the brunt of the storm when it hit.

National Hurricane Center scientists conducted a detailed post-storm analysis for Hurricane Michael, which made landfall near Mexico Beach and Tyndall Air Force Base on Oct. 10, 2018. They’ve determined that its estimated intensity at landfall was 160 mph (257 kph), a 5 mph (8 kph) increase over the operational estimate used last fall, NOAA said in a news release. That puts Michael just barely over the 157 mph (252 kph) threshold for a category 5 hurricane.

Just 36 hours before hitting Florida’s coast, Michael was making its way through the Gulf of Mexico as a 90 mph (145 kph) Category 1 storm.

But the reclassification doesn’t come with the much-needed state and federal funding Cathey said is necessary to rebuild. “Whether it was a 5 or a 4, it really isn’t relative to anything for most of us who are here. It’s just another number,” Cathey said Friday.

And the numbers tell the story in Mexico Beach, where Cathey said there were about 1,200 residents and 2,700 housing units before Hurricane Michael hit. Today, the population has dipped to about 400 people and there are less than 500 structures standing. And many of those suffered catastrophic damage.

According to NOAA, Category 5 winds were likely experienced over a small area, and the change is of little practical significance. Both categories signify the potential for catastrophic damage. Michael was directly responsible for 16 deaths and about $25 billion in damage in the U.S., and parts of the Florida Panhandle, including Mexico Beach and nearby Panama City, are still recovering from the destruction more than six months later.

The new landfall speed was determined by a review of the available aircraft winds, surface winds, surface pressures, satellite intensity estimates and Doppler radar velocities, NOAA said. That includes data and analyses that weren’t available during the storm. The increase in the estimated maximum sustained wind speed from the operational estimate is small and well within the normal range of uncertainty, NOAA said.

“You still ride through our city and it’s depressing,” Cathey said, adding that they’ve dealt with 1 million cubic yards (0.76 million cubic meters) of debris.

“We still don’t have a pretty face. It’s a mess,” he said. “But we are working diligently at getting ourselves cleaned up and being proactive and helping people get their feet back under them.”

In addition to Hurricanes Michael and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the only other Category 5 storms known to have made landfall in the U.S. are the Labor Day Hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935 and Hurricane Camille, which ravaged the Mississippi coast in 1969. Michael is also the strongest hurricane landfall on record in the Florida Panhandle and only the second known Category 5 landfall on the northern Gulf coast.

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Mexico Beach Not What It Was Before Hurricane Michael

Mexico Beach Not What It Was Before Hurricane Michael

Mexico Beach is slowly rebuilding after the storm, but it’s still seeing a significant decrease in tourism. While tourists are a vital part of its economy, President of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council Kimberly Shoaf said the city isn’t where they hoped for the season. Some residents are still living in campers, apprehension growing while the air still strong with the scent of mildew. Before the storm, the town served about 2,250 utility accounts, the city administrator said. Now Mexico Beach services about a third of that. In most cases, residents are still having to travel outside to buy simple commodities such as bread because the local grocery store is gone. Officials are estimating they will need to spend $60 million just for debris removal, money that should be reimbursed by the federal government.

On the vast beach, excavators can be seen carving a path along the water, scooping sand to sift out rubble and debris. Restoring the marina and boat ramps and 28 dune walkovers are priorities in a place that depends on tourism. Crews may need as many as 2,700 truckloads of sand to build up emergency berms at the edge of the beach. Later on, officials will look to building a new pier and government complex. Most of the street signs have yet to be replaced because of the concern that dump trucks and bulldozers will knock them down.

Three restaurants remain open in Mexico Beach, three of its four hotels have been demolished, and the other one is still being rebuilt. This hasn’t stopped dedicated tourists from making their way to the area, although many only come for a single day trip. Tourists such as Candi Brewer have been visiting Mexico Beach for many years. “This is my happy place, I love it, it’s laid back and quiet and everybody’s friendly, and I’d rather go here only,” said Brewer. Tourism officials want people to come and enjoy Mexico Beach but don’t want them to expect it to be what it once was. In time, Mexico Beach will be restored but for now, it is a shell of the place it once was.

Perry & Young is a nationally recognized personal injury, medical malpractice and property damage firm that has cultivated a reputation for our ability to successfully resolve even the most challenging cases. Over 35 years of experience, our award-winning team has secured multi-millions in numerous verdicts and settlements for clients across Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the country.  Learn more about our services, your potential case and rights, and how we can help by calling (850) 215-7777 for a FREE consultation.

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