Personal Injury FAQ
What is a personal injury case?
Personal injury cases arise anytime someone is harmed or injury by the negligence (carelessness) of an individual or business. Personal injury cases usually arise from car/motorcycle accidents, slips/falls in public places or injuries sustained at work. An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine whether you have a viable claim for compensatory damages.
Do I Have a Good Personal Injury Case?
An experienced personal injury attorney can fully evaluate your claim. Among other things, anyone seeking personal injury damages from another party must prove that actual injuries or economic losses were caused by the carelessness of the other party. In addition to proving the elements of negligence, your attorney will also evaluate whether the responsible party has the ability to compensate you for your losses.
What Should I Do After I’m Hurt in an Accident?
Your first objective is to seek medical attention, and complete your treatment plan. During this time, it is important to keep a daily log of your progress, documenting your trips to the doctor and the pain/discomfort you are experiencing. Photographs of property damage and your physical injuries can also be very compelling when negotiating with the insurance company adjuster. And finally, seek the advice of an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney for guidance about obtaining medical records and communicating with the responsible party’s insurance company.
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
You should retain an attorney immediately after suffering an injury due to the negligence of another person or business. But we can help anytime before you sign a release and accept a settlement offer. The sooner you get advice about your options and the value of your claim, the more likely it is that you will avoid costly mistakes that could harm your case.
How Much Should I Recover from my Personal Injury Claim?
All injury claims are different and depend on the injuries sustained and the ability of the negligent party to actually pay compensatory damages. In most cases, the amount of damages is tied to the amount of your financial losses related to medical bills, lost wages, property damage; pain and suffering; and present and future disability. Determining the value of your claim is not scientific. That’s why it is critically important to retain an attorney who is compassionate to your circumstances, accessible to you at all times, and experienced in evaluating injuries, identifying all available sources of insurance, and aggressively negotiating on your behalf.
Do I Even Need a Lawyer?
The insurance company is exclusively concerned about the financial interests of itself and its insured (the negligent party). The insurance company seeks to maximize the premiums it receives, and minimize the amount it pays in claim damages. The adjuster will appear to be “on your side” and may hold himself out as a compassionate advocate. But his only interest is having you sign a release of liability for the smallest payment possible. Retain us to negotiate on your behalf. The insurance company will know you expect full compensation for your losses.
What Will You Do As My Lawyer?
Our most important function is to immediately handle all aspects of your claim, so you can concentrate on recovering and healing. You won’t be bothered by medical providers seeking payment, or the insurance adjuster with dozens of questions. Throughout the course of your treatment and recovery, we assemble all your medical records and bills. After you are released by your doctor, we open negotiations with the insurance company by submitting a comprehensive settlement demand package. If necessary, the insurance company refuses to fully compensate for your losses, we will file a lawsuit and take the negligent party to court. We have a solid track record of negotiating favorable settlements on our client’s behalf, but we are always willing to litigate your claim in court if you prefer.
What Should I Bring to My Initial Consultation?
Any document related to your injury claim is helpful to have at our initial consultation. This includes the accident report prepared by law enforcement and any letters you received from the insurance company. In addition, copies of your medical records and any bills or invoices will assist us in determining the full value of your claim.
If you would like to learn more about how The Schweppe Law Firm, P.A., can help maximize your personal injury claim, please call us for a free, no obligation consultation.