What Should I Know About My Personal Injury Case?
If you were hurt or a loved one died due to the negligence of another, there are some basic facts you should know if you’re considering legal action. We also welcome you to call us at 303-625-9346 to arrange a free consultation with a knowledgeable injury attorney.
1. Personal injury law is about more than car accidents.
Although car accidents and other types of motor vehicle collisions make up a substantial number of personal injury cases, personal injury law applies to any instance in which a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another individual or entity. Personal injury lawsuits may also relate to defective consumer products, accidents caused by unsafe premises, dog bites and wrongful death.
2. Insurance company settlement offers are not always fair.
Insurance providers often attempt to limit what they pay for medical expenses and other damages in the interest of protecting their own bottom lines. But undervaluing your claim can leave you facing immediate and long-term financial adversity, especially if you’re temporarily unable to work due to your injuries.
3. Working with an experienced lawyer matters.
Victims of severe injuries often find themselves facing tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses, and may be unable to return to their jobs or require long-term rehabilitation. A personal injury claim led by an attorney who understands the physical, financial and mental hardships associated with severe injuries provides the best opportunity for receiving adequate compensation. Working with a lawyer can also relieve some of your personal stress, offer peace of mind, and allow you to focus on your recovery.
4. So does your lawyer’s experience.
The Frickey Law Firm has an extensive record of success in personal injury cases, and our attorneys are consistently recognized as top lawyers in their fields by Martindale-Hubbell, U.S. News & World Report, Super Lawyers and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum among other esteemed organizations. Our attorneys’ legal wisdom, medical knowledge and negotiating skills are backed by substantial trial experience, as well as the resources to thoroughly investigate and aggressively pursue your claim.
5. Compensation can be extensive.
Compensation in personal injury cases may include money for:
- Past and future medical costs
- Loss of earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
In wrongful death cases, compensation may be awarded for damages including but not limited to:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support and benefits
- Related medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Loss of companionship or consortium
The compensation varies widely depending on a number of individual circumstances, and your lawyer can help you understand how much your claim may be worth.
6. Every case is different.
There are fundamental steps shared by all personal injury legal actions, but the claims themselves differ depending on the type of injury, the cause of the injury and other factors. Likewise, personal injury cases vary in duration and whether they may be settled or go to trial.
7. Some cases take time.
Burdened with mounting medical expenses and potentially unable to work, injury victims often feel pressured to take the first offer from insurance providers. Before accepting an initial settlement offer, it can be in your best interests to discuss your situation with an attorney who is aware of the challenges that confront injury victims. Many cases are fairly settled in a matter of months, but those that end up in the courtroom may require 12 months or longer in order to recover the financial security you need. Your attorney will personally discuss your expectations with you.
8. Cases may settle out of court or go to trial.
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, either through negotiations with an insurance provider’s representation or through a mediation process. Our lawyers strive to achieve an agreeable and timely settlement on your behalf, but our attorneys also have the courtroom expertise necessary to take your case to trial when settlement offers are unjust.
9. Evidence and time are crucial.
In the event that another’s negligence caused you to harm or resulted in the death of a loved one, it’s important to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. The time to pursue legal action for compensation is bound by statutes of limitations, which are generally between two and three years from the date of the injury. It is also critical to collect as much evidence as you can to support your claim; your attorney can guide you through the information to gather, as well as help access any necessary law enforcement reports and medical records.
10. Our injury lawyers work on a contingent-fee basis.
If you’re researching personal injury attorneys, you’ve probably encountered the term “contingent fee.” We know that most clients can’t afford a lawyer who charges them by the hour, especially when medical expenses are mounting by the minute. That’s why we works on a contingent-fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless we resolve your case.
If you were hurt or a family member was killed due to the negligence of another, please contact us for your free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping injury victims.