If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you could file a lawsuit and recovery monetary compensation for the harm that you suffered. The legal process can be complicated, but the goal is to ultimately get you the highest recovery possible. Of course, injury claims result in expensive medical bills. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of personal injury claims consists of the legal team negotiating to reduce liens (medical costs) in the personal injury case to essentially reduce what is being paid out to others and increase what the claimant receives at the end of the day.
After a case is successful, it is normal for the legal team to take some time to try and reduce medical costs in a personal injury case as much as possible. For claimants who have already been waiting months or even years for their case to settle, this additional wait could be very frustrating.
You might have the following questions:
- How long does it take a law firm to reduce liens?
- How long does it take a law firm to reduce medical bills in a case?
- How long does it take a law firm to reduce medical costs in a personal injury case?
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our experts are ready to answer all your questions and provide you with all the information that you need to understand this part of the legal process and how long it could take. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm immediately.
How long does reducing medical liens take?
Every case is different. These cases consist of different types of injuries, which mean very different medical bills. While one case might consist of very straightforward injuries and medical bills, another case might consist of complex injuries and bills; the process of negotiating and reducing liens will be very different, of course.
In general, the length of time to reduce medical bills for a personal injury case can range from 60 to 90 days (2 to 3 months). During this time, the legal team is in constant contact with medical providers negotiating back and forth until the medical providers agree to lessen medical bills (this is not easy as medical providers have to essentially agree to receive lesser pay for the medical services that they provided). Some medical providers are eager to negotiate and get things over with, so they will cooperate, while others will make this as difficult as possible. In cases with a pretty average amount in medical costs, the 60-to-90-day range is accurate.
However, the length of time can increase significantly with the complexity of the case. In cases that have large number of medical costs, the process of reducing liens can be up to twice as long. In these cases, it can take up to 180 days (or 6 months) for a legal team to successfully reduce medical costs for complex personal injury cases.
Why Patience is Important
A legal team that doesn’t have your best interests in mind will simply avoid the entire thing. They might start the negotiation process but them just simply accept the first counter-offer that the medical provider makes. Although this will result in closing the case and getting the client’s recovery quicker, it will ultimately be very costly – as the claimant’s recovery will be smaller because medical costs will consume a large chunk of the settlement amount. Although it could be frustrating having to wait up to 6 months for your legal team to reduce medical costs, the wait is worth it – if your team successfully reduces medical costs, you will get a larger portion of your settlement.
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For more information about the length of time that it can take for a law firm to reduce medical costs in a personal injury case, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to answer all your questions and provide you with all the information that you need. Contact us at your earliest convenience. Our personal injury experts are ready to help you.
How to Sue Belkin for Defective Charging Banks
If you intend to file a product liability lawsuit against Belkin, you must show that the company was negligent in some way. Product liability lawsuits can be filed if you can prove at least one of the following points about the product:
- There was a design error present with the charging bank
- There was a manufacturing error that occurred when the charging bank was being made in the factory
- There were no hazard signs or symbols on the charging bank or on the packaging
The charging banks had a defect in the wiring, so it is likely that the materials were faulty or that there was a design that did not account for the small space or power usage.
You should make sure to go to the hospital to get medical treatment for your injuries. It is not recommended that you wait too long to visit a doctor. If you do not get treatment quickly, your injuries may worsen, or you may find that the insurance agent will doubt the validity of your claim. He can say that you were shocked by another item or in another incident, and he will say that the defective item was a convenient scapegoat. You should also make sure that you get copies of all medical documents, test results, doctor’s statements, hospital receipts, and more from the treatment center.
You can take photos of the damages from the electric shock, and you can also take pictures of the charging bank to show that the item caught fire, if applicable.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen or who can testify that the bank was defective. You can add their statements to your claim to bolster it. The more support you have from people who saw the incident, the stronger your case will be.
You may want to throw the charging bank away, try to repair it, or return it for a refund. You should do none of this. It is important that you keep the charging bank as it is and preserve it, as it is the most important piece of evidence you have. If you get rid of it, the insurance company can claim that there’s no way for the defect to be examined, since it is not present at all.
You may have a receipt showing that you bought the charging bank. You can make copies of this, or copies of a bank statement or email showing that you paid for the item.
You will benefit by hiring a product liability lawyer to handle your case for you. If you have never taken legal action, you may not know the first thing about moving forward with a defective product claim. An attorney can gather your proof, negotiate with the insurance agent, and keep you updated throughout the process while you recover and return to regular life.
Statute of Limitations to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury if you wish to file a claim to receive compensation for damages. If you do not sue within this time period, you won’t be able to receive any restitution, and your claim will be thrown away. Often, individuals fail to understand the correct amount of time or do not know that there is a statute of limitations in the first place. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine how much time you have left on your case.
There is the possibility for your statute of limitations to be extended, but this will only happen in certain situations. If you were under 18 years old, you cannot sue without a legal guardian representing you, so you can wait until you turn legal age before the statute of limitations counts down. You also may have been left incapacitated and unable to sue, so the statute won’t start until you return to health. Further, the defendant must be in California – if he has left the state, the deadline will count down when he returns.
Earnings from a Product Liability Claim against Belkin
The value of a product liability lawsuit will largely be determined by the injuries you suffered and how extensive they were. If you were seriously hurt, you will potentially receive a larger settlement offer than if you only suffered minor injuries. The insurance agent wants to preserve profits and not pay out settlements, and we aim to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. Our goal is to secure you compensation for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization fees, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to work or could not return to work in the future
- Property damage to cover lost items and personal belongings
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional trauma, anxiety, PTSD, fear, and more
You should not be expected to foot the bill for all of these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident in the first place. A defective product claim can allow you to receive the compensation you need to pay for these damages.
Our Firm’s Promise
Our goal at the Downtown LA Law Group is to ensure that you are wholly covered for your losses if you were hurt because of a defective product. Our product liability lawyers are known as the best in town, and we have years of experience and numerous reviews to back us up. We will stop at nothing to bring you every penny you deserve, even if it means going to court to defend your rights.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. All consultations are confidential and your private information or case details will not be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we get nothing at all. Either way, your finances will not be altered by pursuing legal help with us.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group if you wish to sue Belkin for injuries from a defective charging bank.