Personal Injury FAQ

You have probably never encountered a situation like this before. This may even be the first time you have had to deal with any kind of legal matter. You will have questions. At the Smith Law Firm in Orange, Texas, we have answers.

You can get in touch with us to discuss any specific questions. For now, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury claims:

How Much Is My Case Worth?

While determining the exact value of your personal injury claim requires a close examination of all the facts, there is one thing that you should know: Your claim may be worth substantially more money than the insurance company is offering.

Insurance companies are businesses. Their success depends on them keeping money, not giving it out to accident victims. For that reason, they frequently look for means of reducing the value of claims or denying claims altogether. An experienced personal injury lawyer can look at your case and determine how much money you should get. Keep in mind that you are not just entitled to compensation for the costs you have already accumulated, but for any future costs related to your injuries.

How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Case?

Bills are piling up now. You are likely under a lot of financial stress on top of the pain and stress of trying to recover from your injuries. You may want to get the legal issues resolved as quickly as possible. Insurance companies often prey on this fact to try to get you to accept a low settlement offer prematurely. While the length of personal injury cases vary, it is important to allow the time necessary to get an accurate diagnosis of your injuries and a realistic estimate of the associated costs.

Remember, if you accept an early settlement and the money runs out, you will not be able to go back and ask for more.

How Do I Pay My Medical Bills While My Case Is Pending?

Knowing that your case will take time to resolve, you may be concerned about what you are going to do about your medical bills in the meantime. Your attorney can assist you in addressing the mounting medical bills. Medical providers are often willing to accept liens in these situations and this will prevent bills from going to collections or damaging your credit.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

In reality, few personal injury cases actually go to trial. However, it is valuable to make certain that you can leverage the threat of trial against an insurance company if it refuses to provide you an amount of compensation that is fair. You want a lawyer on your side who knows how to navigate the courtroom and has a reputation for success in front of a judge and jury.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

You already have medical bills and other costs piling up, so you may be worried about hiring a personal injury attorney as well. However, attorneys handle these cases on a contingent fee basis. You will only be asked to pay if your attorney recovers compensation for you, and then payment will be a percentage of the money recovered.

The process begins with a free consultation. Call 409-233-7005 or email.

For answers to additional questions, review the motor vehicle accident FAQ and the on-the-job accident FAQ.