If you or a loved one has been injured, you may have many questions. Below are some of the common questions that our clients have with brief answers. We will answer all your questions in detail during a free initial consultation.
- I was injured. What should I do?
- Should I talk to the insurance company?
- What is the attorney's fee?
- What should I bring with me to my initial consultation with your office?
- How long do I have to wait before I can collect for my injuries?
- Can you tell me how much my case is worth?
If you are involved in a car accident or any other type of accident, there are certain immediate steps you should take to protect yourself and your rights. Most importantly, see a doctor if your injuries require it. As soon as you are able, take pictures of your injuries, vehicle damage, the area involved in a fall, the unsafe product, or anything else involved in the injury. Do not give a statement about how the accident happened or sign anything.
Do not talk to the defendant's insurance company before at least consulting a lawyer. If you have coverage for property damage and medical bills, it is usually okay to speak with your insurance company. However, it is best to call an attorney just in case. You should never give a recorded or written statement to an insurance company or sign any document without seeking legal advice.
Our office works on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay us a fee unless we recover a verdict or settlement in your favor. In the event of a successful recovery for you, our fee will be paid out of that recovery at an agreed upon percentage. You will not have to pay for our services up front and the initial meeting is free.
The better prepared you are for the initial consultation, the more we can help you. Please bring everything related to the accident and your injury, including pictures, the police report, any written communications or reports you have received regarding your accident, letters from your insurance company, letters from the negligent party’s insurance company, and reports from your doctor or hospital. Having this information will help our office assess your case more thoroughly during the initial consultation.
There are deadlines for personal injury cases that must be met to protect your rights. If you fail to act timely, you may not be able to recover. If you think you might have an action against a negligent third party, it is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to assess your case and protect your rights.
Generally, we advise waiting until a person has finished medical treatment before trying to settle a case or go to trial. This allows us to more accurately assess your case. If injuries are permanent or long-term, we will get a medical opinion regarding future medical and life care needs before going to trial or settling a case.
Factors such as the severity of the injuries, how much medical treatment is needed, the duration of the treatment, and information regarding how the injuries occurred, all play a role in the value of a case. Most of this information is not known right away. The amount of insurance coverage available may also determine how much a case settles for.