Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jul 24, 2017 in Personal Injury
An injury caused by another’s negligence may entitle you to compensation for your losses and medical expenses. However, it may be difficult to recover the damages you deserve if an insurance company or the at-fault party does not cooperate.
While an experienced personal injury lawyer in Sacramento can help ensure your claim is treated fairly, you probably have questions about hiring an attorney.
The dedicated legal team at the Arnold Law Firm has created this list of questions we frequently hear from potential clients.
What Can a Personal Injury Attorney Do for Me?
Personal injury claims can be complicated and often involve several parties beyond the person who caused your injury. These parties can include insurance companies and attorneys who will work to discredit your claim to lower its value or have it denied altogether.
An experienced attorney can be an invaluable with helping you recover the compensation you deserve, by:
- Negotiating with insurance companies and attorneys to ensure you receive a fair offer or settlement for your claim
- Constructing a valid case by investigating the cause of your injury and the at-fault party’s actions
- Communicating directly with all insurers and attorneys involved to ensure your claim is accurately represented
- Accurately estimating the value of your claim by assessing the suffering and losses you have endured
Our team of committed attorneys are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injury. We will always place your best interests ahead of every decision we make and will advise you on the legal course your claim should follow.
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
If your injury claim is being disputed by an insurer, or you feel you are not being adequately compensated for your injury, consult with an attorney.
In cases of significant injury, seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the accident that caused your injury. Prompt securing of evidence and communications with liable parties can be critical to your case. If you require medical treatment or have been placed under an extended hospital stay, your recovery is paramount. An experienced law firm can handle case logistics to help you focus on getting better.
Consulting with an attorney will give you a clear understanding of the losses you suffered, as well as any wages you may have lost from not being able to work. Our attorneys will be able to use this information to assess your claim and provide you with an accurate estimation of its true value.
Also, California imposes a statute of limitations for personal injury victims to bring a claim against the at-fault party. If you fail to file your claim within the correct timeframe, you lose the right to pursue compensation. For this reason, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to properly file your claim.
What is My Claim Worth?
The value of a personal injury claim is determined by the circumstances surrounding your injury and loss you experienced as a result of the accident.
Our personal injury attorneys will review the following financial losses you suffered during our initial consultation:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage (if applicable)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
If we have an opportunity to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party or insurer, you may be able to recover additional damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
California uses the standard of comparative negligence when determining the damages you can be awarded through a personal injury claim. If you are found to be partially at fault for causing your own injury, your claim may be reduced by the level of negligence assigned to you by the court.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
An important decision when hiring an attorney to represent your claim is the cost. At the Arnold Law Firm, we believe our clients deserve justice regardless of financial status and should be able to focus on recovering from injury.
For this reason, our dedicated attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means our services are provided without charging you up front for legal fees. We collect a minority percentage of the damages you are awarded only after we successfully resolve your case.
Contact Our Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers Today
The Arnold Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys are committed to our clients and are ready to hear your claim during a free, no-obligation consultation.
We are committed to serving our clients’ best interests and dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Complete our Free Case Evaluation form to get started today.