Personal Injury FAQ
1. Is there a deadline for filing a lawsuit?
Most personal injury cases have a four-year statute of limitations and most wrongful death cases have a two-year statute of limitations. If you miss the filing deadline, you may permanently relinquish your rights to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation. There are several exceptions, however, so it is best to contact an attorney to find out about your case.
2. What does contingency fee arrangement mean?
A contingency fee arrangement is when you are not required to pay attorneys’ fees until your lawyer has successfully reached a settlement or verdict in your case. These arrangements are set up between you and your law firm when you agree to hire them for your case.
3. Should I sign the agreement for immediate compensation my insurance company has sent to me?
Do not sign a settlement with your insurance company until you have spoken to a qualified personal injury lawyer. If you wish to contact us now we can review the agreement to help you decide what is in your best interest. Remember: Once you sign a release, you may be prohibited from pursuing additional compensation even if you were otherwise entitled to it, so it is important to contact an attorney before you make a decision.
4. Will I have to appear in court?
Most personal injury lawsuits settle outside of court. However, if you can obtain better results at trial, we will pursue the maximum possible verdict. This will require your testimony in court. However, we prepare you for the experience and will protect your rights to privacy and respect.
5. Should I still file a lawsuit if the person responsible for my injuries is being prosecuted in criminal court?
Injuries that were caused by criminal activity may also involve civil wrongs. For example, a drunk driver who is prosecuted for a DUI may also be liable to you for financial damages. In addition, other parties may be liable for your injuries — such as the bartender who over-served the driver. If you suffered an injury, contact us now to determine whether you have a valid cause of action, regardless of the pending case in criminal court.
6. Can you still schedule an appointment if I am in too much pain to drive to your office?
We will, of course, make any accommodations necessary to help you in your case. If you are unable to come to our office, we are willing to schedule visits to either your home or hospital. Please contact us now if this is the case.