Top 10 Most Commonly Asked Personal Injury Lawsuit Questions

If you have been injured as a result of a car accident, slip and fall, work injury or have otherwise sustained injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney immediately.

There are many issues that will need to be addressed right away, and if you are not familiar with the legal process and the law governing your claim, you will not necessarily know what you should and should not do, and whether, for example, you should give a recorded statement if asked by the other individual’s insurance company or fill out any forms sent by the insurance company.

seasoned attorney will be able to answer these questions, and, more importantly, will help to lighten your load by dealing directly with the other parties involved and their insurance carriers, enabling you to focus on your treatment and getting better.

Additionally, your attorney will likely need to investigate your claim and obtain photographs and other evidence if appropriate. If you delay in hiring an attorney the attorney you ultimately hire may not be able to properly investigate your case because the evidence may have disappeared or no longer be easily obtainable.

Lastly, there can be time-sensitive requirements that must be complied with for certain kinds of cases, and if you fail to comply with the requirements you may be barred from pursuing a claim or filing a lawsuit in the future.

Many potential clients ask whether they need or should hire a personal injury lawyer. The answer is a resounding yes, and for many reasons. The first, and most important reason, referred to above, is that there are oftentimes legal requirements that must be satisfied following a personal injury.

You may not be aware of what these requirements are, and may unknowingly fail to comply. Your failure could result in your inability to seek compensation for your injuries in the future. Additionally, your personal injury attorney will help get your claim set up, conduct a prompt and thorough investigation, and advise you regarding the value of your case and make sure that you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases directly with the injured party before the person retains an attorney, and the insurance companies almost never offer what the case is worth until the person has an attorney.

The insurance companies also do not always accurately inform injured parties of their rights because it is not in their best interests to do so. A knowledgeable lawyer will make sure that you know exactly what your rights are and are not misled or lied to by the insurance company.

You should never pay an out-of-pocket fee to a personal injury lawyer. The injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC do not charge any fee for the initial consultation, regardless of how long the initial meeting lasts and whether or not the potential client hires our firm.

If you hire one of our attorneys to represent you in your personal injury case, the fee will be contingent, which means that we only get paid if we obtain compensation for you. Typically, the attorneys’ fee in a standard personal injury case is 1/3 of any compensation we are able to obtain for you.

Our fee with respect to workers’ compensation claims is typically 20% of any benefits obtained. Additionally, in every case we incur costs to obtain medical records, retain experts, and to file your lawsuit if necessary.

We never ask our clients to pay these expenses directly. Instead, we pay all case related costs and they are reimbursed at the time of settlement. Unlike many law firms who pass these costs on to their clients at the time of settlement by deducting the entire amount from the client’s share of the settlement, we split these costs evenly with our clients, meaning that we calculate our attorneys’ fee after deducting the file costs so that the entire amount is not charged to our clients.

During your initial consultation with one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, our attorney will obtain basic information from you such as name, address, date of birth, etc. We will then obtain specific information regarding the details of your car accident, slip and fall, work injury or other personal injury related matter.

You should bring any paperwork you may have been provided at the scene of the accident from the other driver, the police or any witnesses present. You should also be prepared to forward any photographs that you may have taken depicting the scene of the accident, cause of the accident, or the condition of any vehicles involved in the crash for car accident cases.

We also ask that you bring copies of any discharge paperwork that you received at the emergency room if you sought emergency medical treatment. After we obtain all of this information from you we will let you know whether we believe that we will be able to obtain compensation for you.

We will then ask you to sign a contingent fee agreement hiring our firm and authorizing us to act on your behalf, as well as standard medical authorizations that will enable our firm to obtain your medical records. We will explain the legal process to you and answer any questions that you may have.

If you have not yet begun treating with a doctor or other healthcare professional and are looking for a recommendation, our personal injury lawyers will help you select a treating doctor near where you live and will help you schedule the first appointment as well as provide the doctor’s office with all necessary insurance information.

Your personal injury claim may take up to a couple of years to resolve. Under the law, we have up to 2 years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit with respect to most personal injury claims. While we do not wait 2 years to do so in most cases, we also do not rush to file suit where you are still receiving active medical treatment because we would not be able to get you full and fair compensation at that time.

Your selected attorney at our firm will be speaking to you regularly to obtain treatment updates from you so that we can determine the appropriate time to file suit if we are not able to resolve your case with the insurance company prior to filing suit. It is therefore very important that you update your attorney if you have been discharged from treatment, scheduled for surgery, referred to a new physician and the like.

There are many factors that play a role in determining how much your case is worth. Unfortunately, it is not possible to estimate the value of your case with any degree of accuracy until we get to know more about the situation through your consultation with us.

However, some factors that go into estimating case value include the amount of your past medical bills and the amount of medical expenses you may incur in the future for the treatment of your injuries as well as the amount of your lost wages from time you missed from work and any decrease in your future ability to earn a living due to your injuries.

In addition to these types of economic damages, you may also be entitled to non-economic damages, the most important of which is pain and suffering. Importantly, the amount of insurance coverage that is available is also a big factor or determining whether you can receive full value for your injuries.

You may wish to check out our settlements and verdicts  page and read about some of the results our top personal injury lawyers have obtained for our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional conduct, contact one of the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today or call (215) 929-7054 to schedule your free consultation.

The laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey provide compensation to individuals injured as a result of the actions of others, whether intentional or the result of somebody else’s negligence. But, how will you know what compensation you are entitled to if you are injured, whether as a result of a slip-and-fall in a parking lot or retail store, an intentional assault by a third party, or a motor vehicle accident if you are not familiar with the laws pertaining to injuries and suffering? And, how will you know what the law says about what you can recover?

And why should you be familiar with any of those laws if you yourself are not an attorney? You shouldn’t, but the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are, and they are ready to help you with your claims for pain and suffering resulting from your injuries.

The consequences of slip-and-falls, assaults, or other traumatic injuries can be both immediate and long-term. In the beginning, you may have injuries which force you to lose time from your job or prevent you from performing the job duties you performed before the accident, which can also result in lost wages.

This can be especially true if your earnings are based on performance, and you are unable to perform your job as you did before the injury.

As time passes, you may experience long-term effects from the injuries. In addition, the medical expenses incurred at the time of the original incident may still be outstanding, and a delayed reaction may only cause more medical bills.

All of these things and more are why you should engage an attorney with the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure that you fully recover for your pain and suffering resulting from your injury. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, handle these types of cases, and we handle them well.

Our personal injury attorneys are familiar with the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as they pertain to these situations. They know the time limits that are imposed by each state for filing such claims, as well as where the cases should be filed, so that there is no delay in getting your claim started.

You can reach our offices by calling (215) 929-7054 and setting an appointment for a free initial consultation. You can also visit our contact us page and fill out the simple online form. Once you have completed and submitted the form, a Philadelphia personal injury attorney will contact you within 24 hours of its receipt in our office.

Remember, the initial consultation is free, and we don’t collect until we win your case.

Negligence is the claim that an individual failed to exercise the standard of care a reasonable person would in the same situation. The concept of negligence can help injured people to obtain monetary damages in civil suits, including restitution from physical injuries, property damage, unearned wages, and more. To prove negligence, an injured person must prove the alleged offender had a duty to the injured person or general public, failed to carry out that duty, and caused injury or losses as a result.

Comparative negligence assigns some portion of fault to both parties, including the injured party. This legal theory is used to obtain monetary damages when the injured party’s actions contributed to their injuries in some way. When an attorney proves comparative negligence, the injured party may receive only a percentage of restitution, rather than the full amount.

Strict liability refers to cases wherein fault is automatically assigned and the injured party need not prove a party was negligent. Strict liability is common in cases involving auto defects, dog bites, and abnormally dangerous activities, such as explosion accidents. Strict liability is sometimes imposed to encourage manufacturers to handle their products with more attention and care.

What Will Your Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Whether your personal injury case eventually settles (as most do) or goes to trial, your personal injury lawyer will be busy trying to get you the best possible result. After all, most personal injury attorneys get paid on a contingency fee basis, meaning the lawyer doesn’t recover fees for representing you unless you recover compensation from the at-fault party. Let’s look at a few key aspects of a lawyer’s role during a typical personal injury case.

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Investigation and Initial Demand

The first thing your attorney will do is get as much information as possible about your case. That means all relevant details related to the nature and extent of your injuries and a determination of fault for the underlying accident, including:

  • medical bills
  • medical treatment history
  • police reports
  • surveillance footage
  • witness statements
  • photographs, and
  • official government reports.

Next, the attorney will likely make a demand to the insurer of the liable party (in a car accident case, for example, that means the at-fault driver’s car insurance company).

If this initial demand results in a settlement offer, your attorney will review it with you and recommend how to respond. The initial settlement offer is rarely the final offer. One thing to keep in mind is that your attorney will wait until there’s a full understanding of the scope of your injuries and other losses (including all future medical care you’ll require and how your injuries will affect your ability to work) before accepting a settlement.

If, after settlement negotiations, your attorney is unable to get an amount you’re willing to accept, the next thing your attorney will do is begin the lawsuit. (Learn more about your options if you’re at a personal injury settlement impasse.)

The Personal Injury Litigation Process

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A personal injury lawsuit starts with the filing of the complaint, a legal document listing your legal arguments, the facts in support of those legal arguments, and what you demand in relief.

After you file the complaint and serve it on the defendant (the person you’re suing), the defendant will file a response to your complaint (the “answer”).

Next, “discovery” begins. This is the stage of litigation where the two sides exchange information that might serve as evidence during trial. In most personal injury cases, discovery will consist of depositions, requests for documents, and interrogatories, and the process can take months to complete.

After discovery, the trial is set. Your attorney may file a variety of pre-trial motions (to try to keep the defendant from using a piece of evidence during trial, for example). It’s very rare for a personal injury lawsuit to reach the trial phase. Settlement is possible at any point during this process, including right up to (or even during) trial.

Your personal injury lawyer will take care of all aspects of the litigation phase and will keep you updated on your case’s progress.

Points to Keep in Mind After Hiring a Lawyer

Your attorney probably can’t respond immediately to your telephone calls or emails. Lawyers are ethically bound to respond to clients within a reasonable amount of time, but they have other cases to work on, depositions to prepare for, and court hearings to attend.

One thing your lawyer should never do is keep you in the dark about what’s going on in your case, especially if the other side makes a settlement offer. Unless you’ve given your permission, your lawyer cannot accept or reject a settlement offer without running it by you first.

Be careful discussing your case with anyone other than your lawyer or a representative from your lawyer’s office. If you get a call from an insurance adjuster or someone you’re not familiar with, don’t talk to them about your case. If they have legitimate questions or concerns about your case, you can refer them to your attorney. On a related note, unless your attorney advises you otherwise, do not sign any document relating to your case, and do not change doctors.

Keep your lawyer updated. For instance, if you finish your medical treatment, tell your attorney. If the defendant or someone working on behalf of the defendant tries to contact you, tell your attorney. If you receive additional medical bills or other documents that substantiate your damages claim, tell your attorney and send them copies of relevant documents.

If you’re having money struggles as a result of your personal injury, tell your attorney. They can suggest avenues of financial support and give you advice on how to deal with creditors.

After Obtaining a Legal Recovery

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Whether you win at trial or obtain a settlement, your attorney will make arrangements to collect the money the defendant must pay. This might mean getting in touch with the defendant’s insurance company and having a check sent to your attorney’s office. Or it could include filing post-trial motions to collect the judgment. Learn more about collecting your injury settlement or judgment.

If your case settles, you will likely sign settlement and release forms. In essence, these forms say that in return for compensation, you agree to end your lawsuit against the defendant (or promise not to sue them in connection with the underlying accident).

5 Benefits to Having a Personal Injury Lawyer Represent You

Don’t be afraid to consult with a personal injury attorney. Most of them offer free consultations. In many cases, they won’t even have to be paid unless they can win you a settlement. But why should you hire an attorney in the first place? Here are the 5 benefits of having a personal injury lawyer represent you.

 

The Time Savings

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A personal injury attorney can tell you whether or not you have a valid case. This will save you time since you won’t waste time trying to sue someone when the courts will reject the claim. It allows you to know when you should accept a settlement. Know that you can ask an attorney to review any settlement offer so that you can verify that the settlement conditions and amount offered are reasonable. Then you won’t have to spend hours trying to research legal matters for the first time, much less risk making a mistake.

 

The Reduced Workload

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A personal injury attorney knows how to do a detailed investigation if it is warranted. Whether they take pictures of the accident scene, interview witnesses to your assault, or pull government records, they will take on a lot of work that you’re otherwise forced to do. Because they know the legal process inside and out, they know what forms need to be filled out and what evidence isn’t relevant to the case. The reduced workload you face is one reason why you should hire an attorney rather than trying to do it yourself. You may still have to visit a doctor to get a second opinion regarding the severity of your injuries or issue a witness statement, but most of the work can be handed over to an expert.

 

Less Stress

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One of the less appreciated reasons for hiring a personal injury lawyer is that you’ll have more free time. Someone else can deal with the medical bill collectors or the hassle of dealing with your health insurance company. Someone else is arguing with the liable party’s insurance company. When they’re doing this on your behalf, you don’t have to deal with that stress. This makes it easier to take the time to heal, and you don’t have to worry about the stress interfering in the recovery process.

 

Increased Odds of Winning

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One of the biggest reasons to hire a personal injury attorney is that they increase the odds that you’ll win your case. Note that most personal injury cases do not go to trial. Instead, they are settled outside of court. But if you don’t have an attorney, insurance companies and liable parties may put you off or deny your claim until you quit. With an attorney, you’re more likely to get a fair settlement, and it is essential to have a good personal injury attorney if you go to trial.

 

The Greater Rewards

A personal injury attorney knows how to properly value a case. They also know how to take long-term costs into account, whether it is long-term care or future medical bills. This is why you tend to get a larger settlement when you have an attorney than when you settle the case yourself. That’s aside from the fact you’re more likely to get a settlement when you have good legal counsel.

Why you should speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are someone with someone else who is involved in a serious car accident that led to hospitalization, treatment or injury during service, you may be in contact with a personal injury lawyer. Personal Injury Lawyer is a professional lawyer who will take some time to familiarize yourself with your case and provide you with solutions that will help you get compensation for your loss. here are some of the reason why you should speak to a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer.

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Comprehensive understanding of the Personal Injuries Act

This may seem obvious, but many people believe that lawyers only help when it comes to collecting money. However, this is not true. Being wounded does not mean that you will receive full compensation for the loss. Many states today do not pay attention to the negligence of shareholders, but you can get a relative compensation for negligence for injuries. Also, the lawyer will be able to help you find out which claim you are entitled to. There are many possible allegations you have never thought about and you will never think about it, even if the lawyer does not hire you for injuries. After meeting the formal legal requirements regarding their jurisdiction, they are authorized to exercise the law in their area. Their license requires compliance with certain rules of legal practice that include certain ethical requirements.

Details Regarding Insurance Laws

It may seem trivial, but it is one page that can flip tables for your situation. For example, your insurance policy will provide you $ 30,000 in damage compensation. The revised insurance says that you will receive the full amount because you have a strong claim regarding personal injury. However, the point where the insurance officer does not tell you that you can get more money from the state. For example, some countries offer a range of insurance, in such cases, you can get more compensation for damage.

Understand the approximate value of the personal injury

An experienced lawyer will be able to give you almost the same damage you suffered. Also, the lawyer knows factors that can reduce or increase the amount of compensation to which you have the right. The attorney’s experience will work in your favor, and no insurance officer will be able to cheat you when you have a trusted person.

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Pre-consulting with lawyers is a good way to decide if a lawyer will fit well. It’s time to ask questions about consulting experience, fees, communication methods, and access. This is a good time to meet the office staff because the Paralegals have solved some problems. Most attorneys who face bodily injury work daily. It wins when the problem is solved and the tax comes directly from the village. If the lawyer does a good job, the lawyer should be hired by signing the contract. The lawyer will work in the case of injuries and will obtain the correct information in the case. The injury lawyer has adequate knowledge about the law. After their formal education, there will probably be a detailed type of internship program for lawyers to provide them with practical experience in solving problems.

It is important to hire the right lawyer to get the best possible settlement. With that in mind, a lawyer can not take responsibility if he feels he can not win. You should also consider hearing several lawyers get firsthand knowledge of the various options available. In this way, you’ll be able to discuss your situation and apply for different lawyers and know what they are offering. You must talk about your claim before you hire a lawyer because you should know how the lawyer deals with your claim and how he plans to help you throughout the legal process.

Conclusion

First of all, you need an expert to sue someone who apologizes to you in this position. If you are injured in a traffic accident due to the negligence of another person, the lawyer will help you in these critical situations. The Los Damage Lawyer will check your case details and solve it for you. They will advise you on how to deal with the wrong person. They will complete a professional investigation, document the scene and develop theories on how the event happened.