Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Injury Claims
What Is A Personal Injury?
A Personal Injury occurs when you or a family member suffers a physical or mental injury as a result of the negligence of another individual or business.
How Do I Know If I Might Have A Personal Injury Claim?
If you can show that an injury to you or your family member was the result of another individual or business’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. Please consult with a qualified personal injury law firm for a professional opinion.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is any conduct that falls below an objective standard of care and which results in an injury to another. The non-legal definition is this: Someone was careless, and, as a result of this carelessness, someone else was injured.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer If I Have Been Injured?
Because the insurance company that represents the person or business that caused your injuries has an attorney representing their interests – sometimes a team of attorneys. They have one job – to do everything they can to reduce the amount they have to pay you. When you hire a personal injury attorney, that attorney represents you and is there to protect your rights.
When Is The Best Time To Hire An Attorney?
The best advice we can offer is this: Hire an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner an attorney can start working on your case, gathering evidence and obtaining witness statements, the better chance you will have when a lawsuit is filed. Many cases are won or lost based on the evidence alone, so it’s extremely vital to begin this process as soon as possible.
How Much Is My Lawsuit Worth?
This question is one we hear often. All injury cases are unique and there are a large number of factors that determine the value of your case, such as:
- How severe are the injuries?
- How long will the injury impact you – is it short-term or permanent?
- What is the total amount of medical bills?
- Will there be any future medical expenses or life-support costs?
- Is there any permanent scarring?
- Was there severe emotional trauma or mental anguish as a result of the injury?
These are just a few of the factors that will determine what your lawsuit is worth. Please give us a call to set up a free consultation so we can discuss all the factors regarding your claim.
How Can I Afford To Pay An Injury Attorney?
If we pursue your personal injury case, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge for our services unless we secure a settlement for you or are successful in the courtroom. You will also not have to pay for any costs or expenses related to your case if there is no award or settlement.
If I File A Lawsuit, What Will I Have To Do?
Although you will have an attorney working for you, you are the most vital part of the lawsuit. It is important for you to provide us with any evidence related to your case and help us understand how the injury has affected you or your family member.
You will also probably have to be interviewed by the other party’s attorney (this is called a deposition). But we will help prepare you for that, and be at your side the entire time.
And if your lawsuit does go to trial, it is important for you to be part of that effort as well.
An Insurance Adjustor Wants To Settle And Says I Do Not Need A Lawyer. Should I Get One?
We’d like you to remember one thing when an insurance adjustor wants you to settle: They work for the insurance company. And these individuals only have one goal; to settle your case for the least amount of money. Many times, it may seem like a fair offer. Other times it might seem like a small fortune. But keep this in mind – it is probably far less than what you can get if you had an attorney working for you.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
Normally, you will have one year from when the accident or injury occurred to file a lawsuit. However, there are some special circumstances and certain laws that may indicate a different time period.
How Long Will It Take To Settle My Lawsuit?
There really is no set timeframe for a lawsuit to be completed. But we’ve seen some complex lawsuits take years to complete.
Will It Cost Anything To Talk To You About My Case?
Absolutely not. The call or meeting is confidential – and absolutely FREE. Please call our office at 504-581-6411…. If the call is long distance, use our toll-free number at 877-581-6411.