1. What's the very first thing I should do if I suffer an injury?
If you're injured you need to get medical treatment promptly. Following your medical needs being addressed, you must seek legal advice. You need to document all of your injuries, and pains. If you fail to document all of this information, it may harm your case in the future.
2. Do I need an attorney?
Oftentimes you might need to hire an lawyer to sufficiently protect your rights. Only a personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the potential pitfalls associated with a personal injury claim.
3. How can I pay for the services?
Most personal injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means the lawyer is only paid from the funds recovered. If no funds are recovered, the lawyer is never paid.
4. What if I am contacted by an insurance provider or an investigator?
We advise that you not discuss your injury or the manner in which it occurred with anyone before you've consulted an attorney. You should never speak to the opposing companies insurance company. Additionally, if you sign any documents or consent to any resolution before discussing with a lawyer, this could make an
impact on your power to claim full payment for the injuries.
5. Exactly what are my rights if I've been injured?
As a rule of thumb, if someone's negligence caused your injury, you are eligible to damages for all those harms. The special legal rights and restrictions that apply to your own case will vary based in the facts.
6. What is my case worth?
Each instance is unique. Because of this, until your case is completely investigated and your medical condition has stabilized, you must be careful of anybody who attempts to tell you the numerical value claim. Total settlement could include payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of ability to enjoy
life, lost wages, and diminished earning capability.
7. Will my case go to trial?
Many cases are settled before trial, but that is not a guarantee. It will depend on how forthcoming the opposing insurance company is. If they refuse to settle, your personal injury lawyer may decide to go to trial.
8. Can my lawyer settle my case without my permission?
Lawyers cannot settle your claim with your permission. While recommendations can be made, they cannot be executed without your permission.
9. How soon after the resolution is the cash received and disbursed?
Oftentimes, the money is received within seven to fourteen (7-14) days following the release is signed. Cases including a big resolution, the State, private people, and/or out-of-place insurance companies frequently take much more.
About the Writer
My name is James Denton, and I’m a writer for Farar & Lewis LLP – a personal injury law firm located in Los Angeles.