If you have been injured or have a loved one who was injured or killed because of the action or inaction of a person or entity, you may have a personal injury claim. You may benefit from the expertise of an attorney who understands the laws and governing personal injury claims and who is confident in dealing with insurance companies and defense attorneys. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim involves an injured person (plaintiff) and the person or entity responsible, or liable for the injury (defendant). Successful claims can allow victims to recover monetary compensation for the damages that resulted from the incident which caused injury. When these injuries result in death, the survivors of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim against the party liable for the accident.
What is my claim worth?
The value of your case is based on many factors. For example how badly are you hurt, who is at fault, and how much insurance is available to pay for your injuries. Early in the process it is often impossible to estimate the value without first finding out the full extent of your injuries. Our experienced team of attorneys will fight to get the most for your claims.
I was in an accident that resulted in damages to my vehicle. What can you do?
Our office does not represent for vehicle damages. It is our opinion that it would not be fair to take a fee from this type of settlement based on the fact that insurance companies only consider the amount of damages or total loss.
Should I talk to the insurance companies if they call?
Because you are pursuing an attorney, we would recommend that you only discuss your vehicle damages, and simply let them know you are seeking an attorney to represent you in regards to your bodily injuries.
How long will it take to reach a settlement?
Everyone’s case is different. The fact of the matter is there can be no answer to this question until we have completed the investigation of your claim and you have completed treatment for your injuries. Once we complete our investigation, we can make a determination as to the amount of the defendant’s liability, if any. After that, we must obtain all information concerning your lost wages, medical expenses, any full or partial disability, life changes and prognosis. It is only after you are released from all of your doctors that we are provided with your final prognosis. The average treatment could take six months to a year, depending on the extent of injuries.
Why should I pay an attorney to handle my case?
Because we work on contingency, you don’t have to pay us unless we recover money for you first. The insurance company has an army of adjusters and lawyers on their side, why would you want to fight them alone? According to the insurance industry’s own calculations, folks who are represented by an attorney get paid 2 – 3 times more for their cases than people who handle their cases themselves.