General Personal Injury Questions
We have listed the most common personal injury questions
asked by our clients below. If you don’t find an answer here, then please feel free to contact us for assistance
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Do I have a case?
If you or a loved one has been injured from the negligence of another, then you may be eligible to collect for medical bills, lost wages, punitive damages, long-term injuries or disabilities or even death. But first we must be able to prove that an injury actually occurred. We must also be able to prove that the person(s) you are suing are really liable for the accident.
How much is my case worth?
This is a question we cannot answer. There are many factors that can determine the worth of a personal injury case. A lawyer needs all of the facts before he or she can even make any kind of estimate, whatsoever.
How long does the process take?
This is another question that is impossible to answer without all of the facts. We must consider all factors involved such as; that the insurance company is, who the opposing lawyers are, the extent of your damages/injuries and many other important issues. Our best advice would be to contact us for a free consultation so we can better advise you on your specific case.
Can I just deal with the insurance company on my own?
We don’t advise it. It is important to find a qualified personal injury attorney to be certain that your legal rights are not violated. Insurance companies are in business to make money. Insurance representatives are highly trained to mitigate the amount that they have to pay out on every case that comes through the door. An experienced personal injury lawyer is aware of all the tricks of the trade and can easily navigate in this environment to help you receive the fair settlement you deserve.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer in Florida?
Our firm represents our clients on a contingent fee basis. Under this arrangement, there is no fee, unless and until there is a recovery.
What documents should I bring with me when I meet with a lawyer?
The rule is – the more information, the better! The more information you lawyer has, the easier it will be to decide if your case could be a success. Bring any documents that you think might be relevant, such as:
- Police reports / Accident reports
- Any eyewitness accounts obtained by the police or yourself.
- Copies of medical reports from doctors and/or hospitals
- Insurance information, including any other parties involved in an accident
- Relevant photos of injuries and/or damages
- Notes you have written down at the scene of an accident
If you need help obtaining some of these documents, you lawyer can almost always obtain them for you.
What else might my attorney need to know?
It’s important, very important, that your attorney has ALL of the facts. Otherwise, a surprise later could ruin your case. An attorney might need to know…
- Have you been involved in an accident before?
- Do you have any previous injuries?
- Have you been involved in any lawsuits in the past?
- Have you ever been hospitalized?
- Have you ever used alcohol or drugs?
- Do you have a criminal background?
- Have you ever been treated for a physiological disorder?
- Have you ever had a worker’s compensation claim before?
- What statements have you given the police and/or insurance adjustors?
- Have you ever failed to file and/or pay your taxes?
- Have you ever been known to be untruthful?
We could add many more to the list, but you get the idea. Anything…anything at all that has a possibility of hurting your case needs to be discussed with your attorney.
What is the statute of limitations on my case?
The period of time in which a claim must be filed varies depending on the type of claim. For instance, a car accident claim has a different statute of limitations than a wrongful death claim. A medical malpractice claim has a different statute of limitations than a worker’s compensation case. And so on…
What is a deposition?
A deposition is a statement given under oath. This usually takes place in front of court reporter at the attorney’s office. Witnesses are called in for a deposition to answer questions from both parties. The transcript from the court reporter is then signed by the witness and sworn to be accurate under oath.
In cases of product liability, a defendant who has produced many copies of a defective product, such as a faulty tire, may face multiple lawsuits, with the jury in each case awarding punitive damages.
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