No two cases are the same, and no two cases should be handled the same way. Although this is not legal advice, below are a few general principles that apply to personal injury matters.
When should I speak with an attorney following an accident?
You should contact an attorney immediately. The accident and post-accident events are most fresh in your memory immediately afterward, and you should consult with a personal injury attorney before speaking with any insurance company, including your own. If you retain our team, your attorney will advise you on speaking with all other interested parties about the accident, and we will immediately launch our own, independent investigation of the accident.
When should I speak with my insurance company? What if the other driver’s insurance company contacts me?
Ideally, you should speak with your insurance provider after you speak an attorney. You should also speak with an attorney before agreeing to a recorded statement with any insurance company. Never speak with another driver’s insurance company before speaking with a personal injury attorney. Politely decline to comment, and seek the counsel of our attorneys in this situation. Any of your statements may be taken out of context or presented in such a way during litigation of your eventual injury lawsuit that could be damaging to your case.
Insurance companies do require policyholders to report accidents in a timely matter and to cooperate with them in the investigation of the claim, and your policy should detail your obligations. You should speak with an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure that you comply with these requirements.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
The Law Offices of Barry Pasternack serves injury clients on a contingency fee basis. Our lawyers only get paid when and if we secure a favorable settlement or verdict. There are no out-of-pocket costs for our legal services. We will help you accurately evaluate the value of your case and make the most informed decision in your unique situation.
How much does it cost to have you investigate my claim?
Our investigation and evaluation of your case are free of charge. Following our free initial consultation, if we believe that you may have a case, we will fully investigate your claim if you choose to hire us. Our legal services are provided to you on a contingency fee basis. Please see the above answer to “How much does it cost to hire an attorney?”
How long will it take to recover compensation from my personal injury lawsuit?
Every personal injury case is unique. A number of factors affect the progression of the case, including how aggressively insurance companies and other possible defendants fight the matter. Your case may settle with your best possible outcome in just a few months, or we might have to take opposing parties to court to argue for the compensation that you deserve. The vast majority of the injury cases we handle settle outside of court.
How much money can I get out of a personal injury lawsuit?
A number of factors influence the value of your case, and our lawyers fully evaluate your case to pursue the full compensation that you deserve for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering.
What steps are involved in a personal injury lawsuit?
The first step is a free, no-obligation initial consultation with our attorneys. We will discuss the circumstances of the accident that caused your injuries, your medical costs and your legal options. We will evaluate your injury claim and determine if you have a case for which we are able to help you pursue compensation.
We will handle all communications with the defendant and keep you informed throughout the legal process. Our team will seek favorable resolution from the defendant.