• Why should I hire an attorney to help me?
"The insurance company's main role in any situation is to save money, in other words, not pay out on any claims or pay as little as possible. For the majority of personal injury cases, it is up to the injured person to pay their own medical bills and any cost for repairs/damages. Sometimes those medical bills can be pretty expensive and the insurance company may be willing to cover the medicals, but that's all. You should be entitled to pain and suffering too because if not for the accident, you would not be in pain. An attorney will ensure a better possibility of getting a settlement "to put money in your pocket." On the other hand, in a Worker's Compensation case, not having an attorney means your claim is a medical only claim. This means you want the insurance company to pay your medical bills but nothing more. An attorney will again ensure a possible settlement to put money in your pocket."
• Will my information be kept confidential?
"Yes! We are set to a code of ethics to keep any information strictly confidential. If we file a lawsuit on your behalf, we may engage in the services of co-counsel for your benefit, but again, your information remains confidential."
• What should I bring to my first meeting?
"You will need to bring in any accident reports as well as any statements from the doctor/hospital where you treated. If you receive anything from the insurance company, be sure to have that information as well. We will need to get some personal information from you including dates of birth and social security numbers for all parties involved in the accident as well as copies of insurance cards, Medicaid cards and/or Medicare cards. If you have already filed a claim with the insurance company, be sure to provide the claim number as well."
• How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?
That answer really depends on the type of case you have:
Auto Accidents/Civil Cases (Dog Bites, Assaults, etc... ) - There is a 2 year statute of limitations to file a claim/lawsuit.
Worker's Compensation - Injuries must be reported to the employer within 60 day of injury and there is a 2 year statute of limitations to file a claim.
Civil (Medical Negligence, Inmate Negligence, Nursing Home Negligence, etc...) - There is a 2 year statute of limitations if the other party is state run facility OR there is a 3 year statute of limitations for private facilities.
• Who will pay for my medical bills if I am injured?
Again that answer depends on the type of case you have. For Worker's Compensation cases, the insurance company in responsible for paying your medical bills. For all other cases, your bills are paid out of settlement. We encourage you to use your health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare to pay your bills at the time of treatment to help lessen the cost of medicals.
• Do I have to pay anything upfront for my case?
No! We work on a contingency basis and will never ask you to pay for anything up front. As part of the intake process, we let you know that any costs we pay for will be taken out of settlement. If we are unable to recover a settlement for you, you don't owe anything.
• How long will it take for me to get my settlement?
Unfortunately, there is no set time frame. Every case is different. If we don't feel the insurance company is providing a fair offer of settlement, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. Filing a lawsuit is, of course, more involved than just negotiating a settlement with the insurance company. Once a lawsuit has been filed, it will take at least a year before the case appears on the docket for trial. In the meantime, we do everything possible to bring your case to a positive resolution.