Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer: 5 Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many questions people want answers to when they think about talking to a lawyer, especially after they are injured in an accident. But you would be surprised at how many people fail to talk to any legal specialists at all because they are worried about costs or are unsure if they have a case. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. Having answers to these questions might encourage you to get the legal help you deserve.
1. How much does it cost to talk to a lawyer?
It’s important to know that it’s FREE to have a consultation with the Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. There is zero out of pocket costs for you to schedule the appointment, let us review your case, and ask us questions. During that initial meeting, we will determine whether you have a claim and discuss how we can help you. We will share our expertise on the subject with you and talk about the next steps in your case. Once we accept your case, there are still ZERO out of pocket costs. We work on a contingency fee, which means we don’t collect any money unless you get a settlement. Our contingency fee is a fraction of what you collect.
2. What should I sign?
Nothing! Don’t sign any papers from insurance companies, claims adjusters, or anyone else until you have a consultation with us. This is especially true for any medical releases or property damage releases. This is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible after your accident before others start asking you to sign papers and make agreements. You also don’t want to admit to any fault or make any statements aside from the basic, clear facts of the accident when you are talking to police. What you say will get recorded on the police report, and can be used in court to determine your liability.
3. How much will I get?
This depends on the type of accident, who is at fault, whether they have insurance, and how badly you are injured or how much property damage is incurred. Typically, settlements cover things like medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, property repair costs, and more. As your lawyers, we will work hard to get you the largest amount possible for your type and severity of injury.
4. Who pays me the settlement?
The insurance company for the person at fault will pay the settlement. Many victims hesitate to file a claim because the person at fault was a friend or employer and they don’t want them to go bankrupt. However, it’s important to remember that insurance companies exist for this reason: to pay out on settlements when someone is injured. While their insurance policy might get more expensive, the other party involved in the accident won’t have to pay for your entire settlement.
5. What other things does an injury lawyer help me with?
We can help you with many things, starting at the very beginning of our relationship. If you can’t come to us, we will travel to you to talk with you. We can counsel you on how to respond to insurance companies and what to say if someone offers you a settlement. If you don’t have health insurance and the medical bills are piling up, we can help you talk to hospitals and bill collectors to let them know you are waiting on a settlement. We work to negotiate and we make sure to meet all deadlines in your case and present all the facts to get you the highest settlement possible. Also, with the Husband and Wife Law Team, you know you’ll be getting one of the most experienced teams in the state to work on your case, instead of someone who has very little experience negotiating settlements. We’ve successfully negotiated thousands of cases and look forward to helping you.