What Are The Common Types of Personal Injury Cases That You Handle?
The common types of personal injury cases that we handle are an automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, hit and runs, construction accidents, dog bites, ATV accidents, medical malpractice cases, nursing home abuse or neglect, and slip and falls.
Why Did You Choose To Practice Personal Injury Law As Opposed To Other Areas Of The Law?
When someone calls my office, and they’ve been involved in an accident of some kind that is not their fault, due to the negligence of another, most often they don’t know what to do. They are unsure what the insurance claim process entails, and they may be injured long-term. They may be off work for a long time, and they are not quite sure how to proceed. I became interested in this area of the law because I like to help people figure out how to get them back to their lives. No one plans on being in an accident, and being off work or being injured. It can have devastating long-term effects. My job is to assist them emotionally, and financially get them back on track. I help people get back to their lives, and get them the money they are entitled to because of their injuries.
What Are The Top Misconceptions People Have About Working With A Personal Injury Attorney And The Personal Injury Recovery Process?
The biggest misconception about working with a personal injury attorney is that attorneys just want to take your money or get a part of your settlement. Attorneys do charge for their services—in many cases, the attorney’s fees are 33%. In other cases, depending on several factors, the percentage that attorney fees could be is 40% or 45%. It ultimately depends on how complex the case is, the length of time that the case is expected to take, and many other factors.
A lot of clients have the misconception that the insurance company is going to be fair. Insurance companies have a job to do, and they are not in the business of “being fair.” They are in the business of making money. They are in the business of making their clients the most amount of money they can, and in the process, expending the least amount of money possible. Another misconception is people think they can go ahead and settle the case themselves, and get the same amount of money without an attorney. You don’t always need to hire an attorney. I evaluate every case individually. I evaluate phone calls of potential clients and clients that visit my office. I don’t take every single case that comes through the door. Sometimes a person can handle their claim by themselves, or sometimes people think that the settlement isn’t even big enough to even bother hiring an attorney. They think the attorney will get the most money, and they are not going to get anything out of the settlement.
There are a lot of misconceptions, there are a lot of different things going on in a claim for personal injury, and there are a lot of things that I do to get my clients the most money that I can for them. As a law firm, I expend all legal expenses upfront, and the client doesn’t pay anything. I am also taking a risk, so I can get my client the money he or she is entitled to.
Is Filing A Personal Injury Claim A Relatively Easy Process?
Insurance companies have a job to do. Their job is to make the most money for their shareholders and to expend the least amount of money possible in order to do that. Whether the process is going to be easy or complex, or if it’s going to be a fight with the insurance company, depends on a number of factors. Factors include, but aren’t limited to, the extent of the injuries, the amount of time that it takes for those injuries to get better through treatment, and all the other factors of how the injury occurred in and of itself.
Do Most Personal Injury Cases Reach A Settlement Before Going To Trial? Why or Why Not?
The majority of legal claims from these types of accidents or injuries usually do not reach a court trial or a civil trial. Typically, they are resolved earlier in the litigation process through a negotiated settlement. Sometimes settlements can take place even before a lawsuit is even filed. There are a lot of different factors taken into account if the case is settled prior to the initiation of a lawsuit, depending on the strength of your case. Factors that are looked at include sudden outcomes in similar type cases, what are the chances of winning at trial, the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence involved in the case, and monetary damages.
Another thing to take into consideration are the policy limits of coverage for the person that was at fault, and the client’s own monetary resources. There are a lot of different things that come into play regarding if and when a settlement will be reached before trial, or if the case will go to trial.
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