When should I speak to an attorney?
You should consult an attorney before speaking to the insurance companies involved, yours or the other person's. The insurance companies share information with each other and anything you say will be used against you to damage and minimize your case.
How can an attorney help my case?
Having an attorney who specializes in personal injury, who has knowledge and negotiating skills, can help your case tremendously. There are many doctors who provide the treatment you need and hold the bills until the case settles so you do not have to pay out of pocket. They do this because they know I only take successful cases and are willing to wait to get paid by the insurance company, with treating your injuries and overseeing your health as a priority foremost. Also, I am able to negotiate with the doctors and hospitals to try to lower their bills, to help you receive the best settlement possible with more compensation going to you.
How much will it cost me?
I work on a contingency fee, meaning I don't get paid unless you do. You do not pay anything up front and no hourly fees in addition to me fronting all case expenses on your behalf.
I'm not happy with my current attorney, can I switch?
If you feel your current attorney isn't doing what's best for you, isn't keeping you up to date on your case, or you just aren't satisfied with how they are doing things you have every right to change your attorney.
Do I have a certain amount of time to file my claim/suit?
In most cases, you have two years to file suit on your claim. Do not wait until your deadline is nearing to contact an attorney, it takes time to compile all records on your accident. In most cases, claims can be settled through negotiations with the insurance company without filing suit in court and prolonging the process.
What types compensation may I be awarded?
Every accident is different, but typically, you may be awarded compensation to cover damages to your vehicle, medical expenses, and pain and suffering in the past, currently, and in to the future. You may also be compensated for economic damages such past lost wages and future loss of earning power if you are unable to continue your occupational duties.
Can I still pursue a claim if I already accepted a check from the insurance company?
If the only check you have received is for damage to your vehicle, you may still be able to pursue a bodily injury claim. If you feel you may be entitled to more compensation, please contact my office to discuss your claim.
How long will it take to get paid?
The answer varies depending on the treatment needed after the accident, the willingness of the insurance company to provide a fair settlement, or if suit must be filed to receive fair compensation for your accident.
Typically, the longest part of a personal injury case is the treatment phase. As your medical treatment is what builds a great case from a legal standpoint, compliance with all medical professionals involved in your case is crucial. Once treatment is completed, settlement negotiations begin.
If the other person wasn’t cited, can I still file a claim?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may still be able to file a claim. In some instances the insurance company will accept a percentage of liability, or full liability, on an accident where no one was cited. Sometimes, a police report leaves out the at-fault citation information out of pure accident, or sometimes an officer did not have enough information at the time to issue a citation. Again, many factors go in to the determination of liability and the police report, whether accurate or not, is just the start. Contact my office to further discuss your accident and how the existence or non existence of a police report may affect your case.
Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault?
You may be entitled to compensation if your are found to be 50% or less at fault. If we feel that the insurance company is incorrect in the percentage of liability they’ve accepted, an experienced personal injury attorney can fight for you to try to have more liability accepted.
What can are my options if the other person didn't have insurance?
If the person who caused the accident does not have insurance, or left the scene, many insurance companies have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage which, if included in your policy, will cover damages in these types of situations.
What can I do if I'm hurting, but don't have health insurance to go see a doctor?
I can obtain arrangements with many doctors who know I only take cases I feel will be successful, therefore they are willing to work see my clients and hold the bills until the claim settles. I work with many chiropractors, orthopaedic surgeons, medical doctors, hospitals, and MRI companies to make sure my clients are getting the necessary care following an accident, even when there is no health insurance. Again, your health is most important to me so please contact me immediately to discuss treatment options.
What if I have other questions?
It's simple! Just pick up your phone and call or text my office number at 513.532.2201. We are looking to hear from you and answer any questions that you may have.