Frequently Asked Questions
Should I wait until I am healed or better before contacting an attorney?
No. All claims are under strict time constraints known as the Statute of Limitations. If you wait too long to have an attorney file an action for you, you may be barred from recovery all together!
I have been injured in an accident, what should I do?
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of medical care after a disabling personal injury. Some bodily injury victims are reluctant to visit a doctor. They may feel embarrassed, may fear burdensome medical bills, or may simply have a general aversion to medical treatment. The value of the case, however, depends in large part on the client’s obtaining proper medical attention.
Next it is important to document everything you remember from the day of the incident that caused your injury. We generally tell our clients to maintain a journal with dates, times, facts and names of potential witnesses. If you were in an auto accident take pictures of the scene as conditions may change.
How soon can I return to work?
In addition, there is a potential damaging effect on the case if you return to work while still suffering from serious personal injury. A premature return to employment can aggravate your physical condition. It can also be used by the adverse party to prove that your injuries were not as severe as they are alleged to be, that you have fully recovered, or, even worse, that you were never really injured!
Clients often fear a financial setback from an accident, but if liability in your case is established, the adverse party, or their insurance company, will be required to pay for all the lost earnings resulting from the accident.
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How long does a lawsuit take?
We assure all our clients that we will, of course, try to settle the case expeditiously, but that a substantial period of time could be involved if it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit and proceed to trial.
We also tell our clients that the amount of time will be influenced by such factors as (a) how long it will take the injuries to stabilize so that a proper evaluation of damages can be made, and (b) the forum (court vs. arbitration, mediation or other ADR, and venue) in which the action is maintained.
When I meet with an attorney, what should I expect?
Generally an attorney will request the following information at the initial consultation:
- Description of the Accident
- Description of the Injuries
- ID of Potential Defendants
- ID of Potential Witnesses
- ID of all Accident Reports
- ID all applicable Insurance Policies
- ID all Health Care Providers
We will also discuss with you the general aspects of a personal injury matter from beginning to end so you feel more at ease with the process.
What kind of insurance should I carry in case of an auto accident?
Being underinsured can be a big problem for you and your family when it comes to personal injury and auto accidents. Make sure that you are adequately covered not only for bodily injury but also for uninsured motorists and underinsured motorist claims.