Do I have a case?
If you have been injured as a result of the actions or inactions of another party, then you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party. However, just because you or family member has been injured does not mean you have a viable claim. To win a lawsuit you must be able to show through legally admissible evidence that another party is responsible for the injury. Attorneys who specialize in injury cases have the experience necessary to investigate and evaluate your potential case to determine who is at fault and whether that person can be held legally responsible for your injuries.
When should I hire an attorney?
Ideally, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible after an incident in which you or a family member has been injured. Having an experienced attorney on your side early on allows them to gather important evidence which may be lost or concealed as time goes on. Another reason to promptly hire an attorney is that almost all claims for an injury are subject to a deadline called the “Statute of Limitations”. This is the deadline by which you must have a lawsuit on file with the proper governmental agency. If you have not resolved your case or filed a lawsuit by the time the Statute of Limitations expires, then you will forever lose your right to make a recovery against the persons or entities responsible for your injuries. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you or loved one has been injured so that the attorney can make sure the appropriate steps are timely taken to protect your ability to make a recovery against the responsible party.
Why should I hire an attorney?
While not every legal issue requires a lawyer, if there is an important matter such as a serious injury caused by the negligence of another, or a denied significant insurance claim, then hiring an attorney experienced in these fields can be essential to make sure your rights are protected and that you have the best chance of receiving everything you are entitled to under the law.
What should I consider in hiring an attorney?
The most important factor to consider in hiring an attorney is their experience in the field of law concerning your potential case. The practice of law is not only complicated but also covers a multitude of subjects and specialties. No single attorney will have the needed experience to handle cases in every specialty. It is important to ask any attorney you are thinking of hiring about their background and experience in handling cases similar to your case.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Every case is different and will have its own unique schedule. However, generally for a personal injury case you will probably need to complete your medical treatment before attempting to resolve your case. This is because the full scope of your injuries may not be known until you have at least substantially completed your treatment. At that point, your doctors will know the full extent of your injuries as well as the anticipated cost for future care and other future damages. If a lawsuit must be filed to resolve your case then additional time will likely be needed as each court has its own schedule and your case is often one of the hundreds if not thousands of other cases on file with the court.
How much is my case worth?
Everyone’s case is different and no attorney can tell you at the beginning of a case what it is worth. Just by example, the value of a personal injury case is often dependent on the extent of your injuries, the costs of your medical care, the facts of how the underlying accident occurred, and other details that may emerge as your attorney investigates and handles your case.
How much do you charge?
We work on a contingency basis. This means you do not have to pay us anything until a recovery is made on your behalf.
Does a lawsuit have to be filed?
Often times a claim can be resolved before filing a lawsuit. However, we have found that usually the best results for clients can be achieved by filing a lawsuit. By filing a lawsuit we are able to conduct an in-depth and detailed investigation regarding the person or entity responsible for our clients’ injuries. This allows us to get a fuller picture of not only what happened, but also gain information which will hopefully prevent it from happening again.