If you have been in a personal injury accident, you may have entitlement to compensation. Unfortunately, getting the compensation you deserve is not always a clear-cut solution. Filing for a claim takes research, time, and persistence. And when you are already fighting against an injury, the last thing you want to do is fight against an insurance company. This is where a Larkspur Personal Injury Lawyer like Doug Allen can help. And when healing from a personal injury accident, you may have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that personal injury lawyers hear:
Q: If I want to get compensation for my injury, do I need to hire a lawyer?
A: No, you don’t have to. But unless you have experience in the area of personal injury law, it is highly recommended. A lawyer will be able to help you gather and organize all of the evidence you need to fight your case. They can also help you to present it to the court in a professional manner than can help you to win your case. In addition, they alleviate the stress that comes along with dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies can be extremely persistent when it comes to settling for compensation that is less than what you deserve. A lawyer can help to push back, ensuring you get everything that you are entitled to.
Q: How much is my case worth?
A: When it comes to personal injury claims, every case is unique. Unfortunately, its impossible to determine how much your case is worth without further assessing the accident and your injuries. A Larkspur personal injury lawyer will be able to help to calculate this amount. To do this they will take several factors into account. Firstly, they will consider both the severity of the accident and your injuries. They will also consider your medical bills and expenses, as well as the impact the accident has had on your life. Are you able to continue working through the pain? Are you permanently scarred, disfigured, or disabled? All of these things will impact the outcome of your settlement amount.
Q: I am the one who caused the accident. Am I still entitled to compensation?
A: Yes, even if you are the one at fault for an accident, you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries. Having said that, you may not be entitled to as much compensation as you would be if someone else was the cause of the accident, or if you both were. In some cases your compensation will reduce in proportion to your level of fault. For example, if you were not wearing a seatbelt during the accident, your compensation will reduce accordingly.
Q: How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
A: Most people would have difficulty paying a Larkspur personal injury lawyer in advance. It’s also difficult to pay them on an hourly basis. This is why most personal injury lawyers have taken on an alternative payment system. It’s called a contingency fee arrangement. In such cases, up front payment is not required. Rather, the lawyer takes a percentage of the clients final settlement award. The amount of the contingency fee will depend on the lawyer themselves, but can reach upwards of 30-40% of the final settlement amount. But whatever your final contingency agreement, make sure you get it in writing. This will protect both you and your lawyer from future disagreements.
Q: How long does a lawsuit take?
A: Each personal injury case is different. As you would probably guess, the more complex the case, the longer it will take to resolve. The length of the process often depends on the cooperation of the insurance company. If they are cooperative, claims can be settled in a few months. But if they are stubborn, the entire process could take several years. Cases that go to court generally take longer than those resolved outside of court. A Larkspur personal injury lawyer, however, will work to get you a fair resolution as quickly as possible.
Q: How do I know if I will have to go to court?
A: Court cases are both time consuming and expensive. It’s usually in the best interest of both parties to avoid going to court if possible. In return, the majority of personal injury cases get settled without going to trial. Having said that, if neither party is able to agree on a settlement amount, there is no choice but to take it to the court. A personal injury lawyer will do everything they can to avoid trial, but in the case that it is in the best interest of their client, they will take it there.
Q: How quickly do I need to contact a lawyer after an accident?
As soon as possible! The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. The main reason for this is because at an early stage, all evidence will still have preservation. If you are in a car accident, for example, the lawyer will still be able to take a look at the car. They could find evidence that will be critical to your case. Another reason to contact a lawyer immediately is so that you don’t have to deal with insurance agencies. Immediately following your accident you will have insurance agents calling you. Anything you say can and will be used against you for your settlement – so say nothing. Contact a lawyer and let them deal with badgering insurance agencies.
Further questions about personal injury lawsuits? Call a Larkspur personal injury lawyer like Doug Allen. A personal injury lawyer can answer any questions that you may have regarding your injury and how to fight for the compensation you deserve- and Doug answers his own calls, so why not get through to him today?