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Frequently Asked Questions - Accident & Personal Injury

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How much will it cost me to talk with an attorney?

Our initial consultation is free of charge. You can meet with an attorney to discuss you case and the costs associated with it.

What are your fees after an initial consultation?

Depending on the circumstances and the agreement reached between us and the client, in personal injury cases, we charge a contingency fee of 25% to 40% of the entire settlement or amount recovered. Additionally, generally we will advance any expenses on your behalf, such as charges for police reports, long distance telephone calls, copying, medical records, transcripts, deposition fees, expert witness fees, etc.

How do I find a doctor if I have no health insurance?

If you do not have health insurance coverage, we will work with you to find a health care provider who will treat you.

How long does it take to resolve a personal injury case?

The length of time it takes to settle your case depends on several factors, particularly the length of treatment you need. Once you have been released from treatment, all health care providers have stated a prognosis regarding your care and treatment and we are able to determine your economic and non-economic losses, we will begin the settlement process.

How do I get my car fixed if I am not at fault for the accident?

Assuming the other driver's insurance company acknowledges responsibility and your car can be repaired, the other driver's insurance company will submit a check to you for reimbursement of the repair charges. If the claim is through your own car insurance company, the reimbursement will be made for the amount of the repair charges, less your deductible. If the damage is too costly to repair compared to the value of your car (i.e. “totaled”), the insurance company may choose to buy your car for its “actual cash value”. (For help in determining your car's value go to the Kelley Blue Book site, www.kbb.com). As part of your personal injury claim, we will help you resolve your property damage claim.

What is “UM” or “UIM” coverage?

“UM” is Uninsured Motorist coverage, which covers you in the event you are injured by an uninsured motorist. “UIM” is Underinsured Motorist coverage, which covers you in the event you are injured by a motorist with insufficient insurance.