Few people immediately realize how serious their injuries are when they are involved in an accident. Among other things, trying to sort out the situation, look for a personal injury lawyer, who can give you peace of mind and win you compensation you might otherwise never get.
Symptoms of serious injury do not always present immediately after the injury. Concussion, neck sprains, back injuries, and nerve damage may take weeks to detect, and require months or even years of treatment to heal. Even if you feel fine after an accident it is highly recommended that you have yourself examined at an emergency room.
I.S. Law Firm offers superb legal representation for all types of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, offshore/seaman injuries, slip and fall, and premises liability cases. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Because it is sometimes difficult to determine whether you have a good case, we offer an absolutely free initial consultation and case evaluation.
I.S. Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to help you get back on track, armed with the compensation you deserve. In addition to reimbursement for your medical bills and property damage, you may also be entitled to compensation for mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages and past, present, and future pain and suffering.
We will not charge you legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. This is called a “contingency fee”. So, if the compensation is $0, then your lawyer gets paid $0 in legal fees.
There are many twists and turns along the way, and the insurance company will try to use every new fact and circumstance to undercut the compensation you deserve. A contingency fee means that you can rest assured that your attorney will fight for you to the very end, and obtain every dollar of compensation possible.
What is the value of my case and how are case values determined?
Answer: There are many factors which determine the case value. These factors include but not limited to the nature of injuries sustained, the amount of the property damage, type of the accident, nature of the defendant, location of the accident, aggravating factors, quality of legal representation and many more. To ensure that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve, contact us to schedule a FREE consultation with a personal injury attorney. Please also note that, no matter how valuable your case is, the insurance companies will almost never treat your claim fairly until and unless you have a zealous personal injury lawyer representing you. To learn more about why you should hire a personal injury lawyer for your case please consider this article: https://www.islawfirm.com/should-i-hire-a-lawyer-for-my-accident-case/.
What should a person do right after getting into an accident?
Answer: If you are involved in the accident and you or anyone else is injured, first thing you need to do is call 911. You can read detailed information about the next steps here: https://www.islawfirm.com/important-steps-to-take-when-involved-in-a-car-accident/.
What benefit is there to hiring a Personal Injury lawyer?
Answer: Experienced and professional personal injury lawyer will make sure that all damages are identified, no deadlines are missed, all sources of insurance coverage are identified and that you receive the most fair compensation for your injuries. You can read more about the benefits of having a personal injury lawyer here: https://www.islawfirm.com/should-i-hire-a-lawyer-for-my-accident-case/.
What steps do I take after hiring a Personal Injury lawyer?
Answer: Concentrate on your treatment and recovery. Your personal injury lawyer will communicate with insurers on your behalf, investigate, gather evidence, evaluate your case, and present your compensation demand. Please feel free to contact us to schedule you FREE consultation and case evaluation.
If the other party and I were both injured in the accident, do I still have a case?
Answer: Injuries, as a rule, do not determine the fault for personal injury cases. Both parties can be injured in the accident and one or both can still be at fault. If the insurance company denies liability in your case or is not treating you fairly, contact us to schedule a FREE consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Do all personal injury cases go to trial?
Answer: No. Very few personal injury cases end up in trial. Majority of personal injury cases/claims are settled without litigation. Of course, every case is different. Personal injury cases against some insurers are more likely to be litigated than others. For best results, you can contact us to schedule a FREE consultation with a personal injury attorney.
How long do Personal Injury cases usually last?
Answer: The duration of a personal injury claim with the insurance carriers mostly depend on the extent of treatment, potential issues with liability and insurance company’s fairness in negotiating a personal injury compensation. Once treatment is completed all necessary documents are collected, prepared and submitted to the insurance carrier. Usually initial feedback is received from the insurance carriers within 1-2 months from the date of the submission and the rest will depend on how fast both parties will come to the mutual settlement agreement. There are always exceptions, which may require to file a lawsuit and litigate the case. To learn more about the process and timeline of a personal injury case, you can contact us to schedule a FREE consultation with a personal injury attorney.
In Virginia personal injury litigation, should plaintiff’s medical expert witness review all of the plaintiff’s available medical records before the expert designation and disclosure?
Answer: Highly recommended. The expert should see the entire picture before rendering opinion. An expert who testifies in support of your case can be caught off-guard by the defense if he or she had not seen or did not know of existence of other records, which may be relevant in the expert’s evaluation. So, a typical defense counsel would cross-examine the expert as follows:
– So, Dr… in evaluating the causation or extent of plaintiff’s injuries, did you have a chance to review the records of …?
– Isn’t it because you had never seen those records?
– Is it true that you only reviewed what plaintiff (or plaintiff’s counsel) wanted you to review?
– Would you agree that the test results from … could in some way affect your opinions?
– Your honor, I move to disqualify the testimony of Dr… as an expert, because he just confirmed that there is evidence which could change his opinion but was withheld from him!
To avoid this, you also want to share with your experts all available medical records, deposition transcripts, discovery responses and any other available records which can in any way affect their opinions or conclusions.
Should I file my personal injury case in the General District Court or Circuit Court?
General district court limits damages to only $25,000, but the process is much quicker, there is no jury and litigation costs are limited in comparison to circuit court. For circuit court, the damages amount is unlimited, but there is a court filing fee and potential legal costs such as paying for a court reporter and the production of transcripts during depositions. Medical experts and independent medical examinations must also be paid for before the trial of the case. Before even reaching the court room, one may incur thousands of dollars in legal fees. In order to determine which option is not only the best one for you, but the one that will achieve the best results, it is important to discuss your options with an attorney before making decisions such as this.
My accident was over a year ago, and I haven’t settled with the insurance company yet. Will I run out of time?
Whenever you are in an auto-accident, it always best to take action immediately when it comes to filing a claim or contacting an attorney, but this does not mean that you lose your case if you do not act quickly. Depending on your state, there is a statute of limitations as to how long you are allowed to wait to take your case to court. While the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Virginia is 2 years, the District of Columbia and Maryland have a statute of limitations of 3 years. This means that you have time to settle your case with the insurance company before you are required to take it to court. Although we do suggest that you seek legal advice about your personal injury as soon as possible to avoid these kinds of situations, by law, you are always given a specific amount of time to settle your case or take it to court.
I keep getting the same bills from medical facilities and they are now threatening to go to collections. My case is still ongoing and settlement has not yet been reached, so what do I do?
There are a few options that you have in this situation. The first option you have is to check if you have MedPay or PIP coverage in your insurance policy. This coverage will pay for the treatment of injuries sustained by the driver or passengers of the policy holder’s car as well as other damages caused by an auto accident. Although this coverage is optional and varies from driver to driver, those with this type of coverage will be able to cover at least a portion of medical bills. The second option you have is to request that the medical facility that is billing you puts your account on hold to at least buy sometime before your case settles. If you have an attorney, they have the ability to send a letter of protection to the medical facility which is an agreement signed by the attorney to cover all medical bills related to your accident upon settlement of your case. Not all medical facilities accept letters of protection. Your last option to avoid your bills going into collection is to pay the outstanding balances out of your own pocket. This guarantees your bills will not go to collection and if you have an attorney representing you, you are likely to be reimbursed once your case has settled.
If I am involved in a hit and run and I am not at fault, am I forced to pay out of pocket?
No, you are not. All basic insurance policies include Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage. What this means is that if you are hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver, your insurance coverage will reimburse you for your damages. Underinsured motorist coverage will come into effect when the at-fault driver does not have sufficient insurance coverage to pay for your loss.
I was involved in an auto accident and suffered significant injuries, but my car shows barely any damages. Do I have a case?
Yes, you may still have a case. Personal injuries are not reflective of car damages every time. Your car may only show some scratches and paint from the car that hit you, but that does not mean that the injuries you sustained are invalidated.
Article Title: Personal Injury
Short Description: Few people immediately realize how serious their injuries are when they are involved in an accident. Among other things, trying to sort out the situation, look for a personal injury lawyer, who can give you peace of mind and win you compensation you might otherwise never get. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, put your mind at ease and contact our personal injuries lawyer immediately by calling +1-703-527-1779 or via e-mail: [email protected]
Author: Ismail Shahtakhtinski
Publisher - Orgnization: I.S. Law Firm, PLLC