How much does it cost to meet with an attorney and discuss my case?
Answer: There is no charge for the initial consultation. You may sit down and discuss your problems with an attorney and there is no charge or obligation to hire us.
How much do I have to pay if I don’t win my case?
Answer: There is no fee for our services unless we get results! Our fee is based upon a percentage of the amount of damages which we recover for you.
What type of damages can I receive if I am injured through someone else’s carelessness?
Answer: You are entitled to any financial or economic damages (often referred to as “out-of-pocket” expenses). These include bills for medical treatment and lost wages. You can also recover for the damage done to your vehicle if you are involved in a car accident and would likewise be entitled to reimbursement for other damaged property such as broken glasses, torn clothes, etc. Finally, you are entitled to something for your pain and suffering. Sometimes, people recover from an accident quickly and the pain and suffering can be attributed to specified period of time. In other cases, injuries are more permanent in nature and they affect someone for the rest of their life.
How do you determine what my pain and suffering is worth?
Answer: There are numerous factors. An experienced attorney will evaluate your case and try to predict what a jury would be likely to award. Depending on the county where your suit would be filed, different results are likely. The goal of an experienced personal injury attorney is to obtain the best possible settlement or judgment on your behalf. Any offer must be evaluated in light of whether a jury would be likely to award a greater amount of damages.
When do I need to hire an attorney?
Answer: We recommend hiring an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured. Early in your case, there are a number of decisions which need to be made and these decisions can affect the outcome of your case. Making the right decisions from the onset can affect whether your case can be settled with the insurance company. It can also affect the amount of damages which could be awarded by a jury. It is important to have someone advise you as soon as possible.
What do I need to do after a car accident?
Answer: It is important to contact the police so that statements can be taken from the parties and witnesses as soon as possible. This prevents someone from changing their story, or losing track of witnesses. Second, it is important to have pictures taken of your car. Sometimes this is helpful when there are two versions of how an accident happened. Depending on where the damages are located, this may tend to confirm your story. In addition, pictures can serve to illustrate the severity of the impact. Third, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you have sustained injuries. Failure to seek medical treatment within a short time following an accident can create skepticism as to your injuries. Depending on whether you have x-rays or other tests done, a doctor may be able to establish objective proof that you are injured immediately following an accident.