What should I do first if I am hurt by someone else?
Make sure you document who hit you. Call the police to report and record all of the information from the incident. Then call us! See our Five Steps After an Accident.
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
The other side hires professionals and you need one too. This is a complicated situation and you may need help navigating the process. Our fees will be recovered (or there is no fee) and you will have help, which will relieve the stress of the claim and in getting more compensation at the end of the case.
What are your fees?
Our fees are contingent upon the recovery and the type of case involved. I collect after the case is settled. If there is no recovery, then there is no fee.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
The length of your case depends primarily upon your condition and rate of your recovery. We don’t want to resolve your case until we know how well you are going to recover.
Will I have to go to court?
For most cases the client never has to see the judge or appear in court. I may go to court on your behalf, but most of the time you will not have to appear.
What should I do if a lawyer contacts me about my injury/accident?
If a lawyer contacts you out the blue (a cold call) you should be very suspicious. Never hire an attorney before you have checked their credentials. You can see my state bar license and my Better Business Bureau rating here.
In what areas of law do you have experience?
My main areas of focus are personal injury and workers compensation.
Can I try to handle the claim for my injury on my own?
Yes, you can, but you will be at a huge disadvantage taking on an insurance company that handles claims 356 days a year.
The insurance company contacted me and wants to give me a check and settle my case. What should I do?
Contact us. The initial consultation is always free. Don’t take a settlement check before you have at least consulted with an attorney. There are three circumstances when you should always consult an attorney: when the insurance company doesn’t want to do what you want, when the insurance company offers you money or when the insurance company wants you to do what you don’t want to do.
The insurance company wants to interview me and take a recorded statement. What should I do?
We have an obligation to cooperate with your insurance company, but you have no obligation to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company.
The insurance company wants me to sign a medical authorization. What is that and should I sign it?
A medical authorization allows a third party to gather your medical records. It is very rarely to your benefit to let the other drivers insurance view your medical records.
What is my case worth?
Each case is different. Not only due to the circumstance surrounding the injury, but how well the person recovers.
I was hurt on someone’s property. What should I do?
Contact the owner of the property to dertermine the name of their insurance company. Then see a doctor. We recommend contacting our office at 619-585-0303. The first consultation is always free.