When a serious accident arises, it is the first time for most people, so they don’t know what to expect in the process. Many questions arise. An experienced personal injury lawyer can answer your questions and help you understand your rights and options.
1. How long will the process take?
Every case is unique, so there is no way to accurately guess how long your case will take. Even the simplest settlement cases generally take at least a month or two.
A more complicated case, or a case involving a difficult defendant, could take a year or more.
The best thing to do is talk with a lawyer to determine how long your case might take.
2. Will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. We settle most personal injury claims outside of court, so most of our clients do not have to see the inside of a courtroom.
3. How much does it cost for lawyer fees and expenses?
We take our cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means that our fee is based on a percentage of what we win for you at trial or in a settlement. Therefore, if we do not win, you do not have to pay any attorney fees.
4. Do I have to pay up front?
No. Again, since we work on contingency, you will only have to pay at the end of your case, and only if we win.
5. Do I have to sue a family member or friend if they caused the accident?
This is a little more complicated. Although technically, yes, the lawsuit would name your relative or friend if they are the liable party, the money will not come out of their pockets. In almost every personal injury claim, we are not seeking compensation from the liable party but from that party’s insurance company.
6. Do we have any connections with health care providers?
Yes. Our firm regularly helps clients find the best medical care for the injuries that have suffered.
7. Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance agent?
No, you should not. Once you are sure your medical condition is stabilized, you should call a personal injury lawyer right away. Without legal representation, many injured people have accepted insurance settlement offers only to discover that the offer was inadequate to cover the true extent of damages and medical expenses. An experienced personal injury lawyer can protect your interests and make sure you get the maximum compensation award available.