February 17, 2016
Questions Personal Injury Lawyers Get Asked Frequently
By Jonathan Damashek
Many people come to our law firm with countless questions regarding what we do and what we can do for them. To make things easier for our clients and potential clients we’ve created this list of the questions we get most frequently asked.
Q: What is a Personal Injury?
A: A personal injury is an injury, either physical or mental, caused by someone else’s negligent behavior.
Q: What is negligence?
A: Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care. This is conduct that falls below the standards for care established by the law for the protection of others.
Q: What is premises liability?
A: A property owner has a duty to reasonably protect the public from injury on his or her property. If you suffer an injury because the premises owner failed to meet that duty you have a case.
Q: When is the best time to hire an attorney?
A: The ideal time to hire an attorney is as soon as possible. The sooner your attorney can start gathering information the higher the likelihood success in regards to your case. The other side’s insurance company lawyers do not wait to start working on defeating your case. Also there are time limits such as Statues of Limitations, with very short time limited for filing a Notice of Claim against a city or municipality. The quicker you act, the better we can protect your rights.
Q: Should I sign a release?
A: Before you sign anything, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected. If you sign a release, you may be unable to recover future damages. In some cases, the insurer may offer an early settlement which may not fully compensate the victim.
Q: I can’t afford a personal injury lawyer. What should I do now?
A: You do not have to pay a personal injury lawyer upfront. We charge a contingency fee for our services. This means that our fee is a percentage of what we can recover for you.
If you have any questions for us that we didn’t answer here or would like to discuss a potential case with us, please contact us. We’re here to help.