What do personal injury clients commonly ask us?
You’ve recently been hurt in a car accident or tripped at work and injured yourself. You are scared, you are worried, and you are frustrated. Now, the insurance company is making claims you do not agree with. What should you do?
The answer is simple: It’s time to hire an attorney.
Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers are ready to fight for you in your time of need. We have seen how unfair insurance companies can be, which is why it is so important for you to learn as much as you can about personal injury law. To help get you started, we have compiled this list of common questions we get from clients.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Also known as bodily injury, this is any type of physical or mental injury sustained due to someone’s negligence. Negligence is a legal standard containing separate legal elements that must be proved.
What Should I Do Right After an Accident?
There are three things you should do right after an accident occurs:
- See a doctor. Make sure you visit a doctor and make sure you follow his or her instructions for care.
- Stay quiet. Don’t discuss your injuries, including with the insurance company, until you are able to gather your thoughts and think clearly about the decisions that lie ahead.
- Call a lawyer. Even if you don’t think you will need his or her help, it is always best to speak with a qualified attorney when dealing with any type of personal injury.
What Do I Do if the Insurance Company Says They Can Handle the Case?
Don’t believe them! If an adjuster calls and offers you a settlement, don’t just take it. Often, this means they know they may be liable and are going to try and convince you to take a settlement that is not in your best interests. Always refer these types of calls to your personal injury lawyer.
The vast majority of cases never fo to court. A good lawyer will work with the insurance company to avoid a lawsuit by negotiating a fair settlement.
How Do I Know if I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been hurt in an accident that was not your fault, then it is important to talk with a lawyer that has your best interest in mind. We do not charge anything for a consultation, so you do not have anything to lose. At the very least you’ll leave our meeting with more knowledge about your rights and a better understanding of how to proceed with your case.
I Don’t Want to Sue, But What Option Do I Have?
Remember, the vast majority of cases never go to court. A good lawyer will go to bat for you against the insurance company to avoid a lawsuit by negotiating a fair settlement. However, sometimes we may advise you a lawsuit is in your best interest and explain why. Often, after discussing why a lawsuit is best clients realize it is not as scary as it sounds.
What Type of Recovery Can I Expect?
If you have been injured due to someone else’s neglect, you may be entitled to recover damages for these types of losses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Consortium
- Permanent scars
- Mental disability
- Property damage
How Much Will it Cost to Consult a Lawyer?
The initial consultation is always free at Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers.
How Long Will it Take to Settle My Claim?
That really depends on the circumstances. Some claims take mere weeks while others can take longer depending on factors we explain to you up front.
Settling a personal injury claim can be stressful. That is why it is important to have someone on your side that knows how the system works and is prepared to protect your rights. Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers specialize in helping clients navigate the personal injury law system. To learn more contact us today.
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