How do personal injury lawsuits work?
At the beginning of the litigation process, we will sit down with you to discuss your potential case. If it is decided that you are a good candidate for filing a personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys will file any necessary paperwork and start the discovery period. During this time, both you and the defendant will be questioned as we prepare for trial. Often a settlement is reached either at the end of the discovery period or during the early phases of the trial. If a case goes through the entire trial process, it will receive a jury verdict the defendant could appeal.
What are some of the factors that will influence what my personal injury case is worth?
The primary factor that will influence the value of a personal injury case is the extent of physical injury that you have experienced. More serious injuries result in higher medical bills, more time away from your job and long-lasting consequences like a permanent disability or an inability to return to work at all. The value of a personal injury claim may be determined based on medical bills, lost wages, future medical care costs, future loss of earnings, and the extent of emotional trauma you have experienced.
How much do I have to pay for you to investigate my claim or represent me?
Like most personal injury firms, our firm charges a percentage of the settlement or judgment you get for your case. The percentage will depend on the type of case and whether we have to file a lawsuit. From the moment you contact us onward, our lawyers will work with you and will only be paid if and when you receive a settlement.
Why should I hire an attorney for this type of case?
ABC news reported that Allstate Insurance circulated internal documents that stated an injured person represented by an attorney, received, on average, three times as much money as the personal injury victim who did not use an attorney. Recoveries will always vary based on the specifics of your case and the facts surrounding it, but with an experienced attorney, finding all the different types of insurance (uninsured/under-insured motorist, PIP insurance, bodily injury, excess, employer etc) will certainly help you get the most out of the compensation you are entitled to.
Who pays for my doctors and will I owe money to my doctors at the end of my case?
Your health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid may pay for some or all of your medical bills. If you were in a car accident, PIP insurance may also pay some portion as well. If you have any bills left over, our firm will do our best to negotiate the remaining bills so that they can be paid with a part of your settlement.
Who will pay for the wages I lost when I was too injured to go to work?
If you were in a car accident in Florida, PIP insurance will pay 60% of your lost wages, up to the $10,000 limit, though this amount can be reduced by payments for other expenses such as medical bills. We also recommend you get a letter from your doctor specifying how long you must wait before returning to work, and a letter from your employer stating that you have not been working due to your injuries. For the remaining unpaid portion (and for cases where there is no PIP insurance) the amount of your lost wages will be a factor when negotiating with the at fault party.
I was asked to sign a "release" by an insurance company, should I?
Before signing anything, be sure to contact an attorney to ensure your rights are protected. If you sign, you may be unable to recover future damages. Sometimes the insurer will offer an early settlement, but beware that this may or may not fully compensate you as you might still be unaware of the extent and future costs of the sustained injury.
What should I do if I am contacted by an insurance company or another investigator?
We recommend that you do not discuss the details of your injury or the way in which you were injured until you have first consulted with an attorney. Any documents you sign or settlements you agree to prior to speaking with an attorney could affect your ability to recover full compensation for your injury.