Napolin Law Firm has an expert team that handles hundreds of personal injury cases each year from victims all over California. A lot of our clients come to us with a lot of questions and uncertainties about what it means to file a personal injury claim. When clients call us, we schedule them for a free consultation. During the consultation, we explain the steps and answer any questions they have. From representing thousands of people in South California, we realized how important it is to help our local communities by answering the most common personal injury claims questions
Common Personal Injury Claims Questions Napolin Law Clients Ask
In the following section, you will see some of the most common personal injury claims questions we receive and hear.
Do I have to go to court in order to be compensated for my injuries if the accident was not my fault?
The short answer is yes and no. More than 60% of the personal injury cases get settled before involving the court. What that means is that you are very likely to receive your a settlement amount for your injuries without having to go to court. The at-fault party takes the responsibility of paying that settlement. The compensation depends on how badly you are injured; which is determined by your medical bills. Having said that, sometimes the insurance company of the party at fault either denies fault or does not agree to our demand for your settlement award. In such cases, we may file a lawsuit with the court.
If I am injured in an accident, should I wait for the at-fault insurance to approve my claim before seeking medical attention?
If you get injured in an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention right away. That means going to the emergency room. And if not, then going to urgent care or your doctor a few days after. Not treating after an accident can be seen as evidence that your injuries are not serious; and/or they are not caused by the accident.
When should I contact a personal injury attorney?
It is very important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. It is the first step after seeking medical attention. You should speak to an experienced attorney before you give any statement to insurance companies. What happens is that once your accident is over, the at-fault insurance company will call you to record your statement. If you are not aware of your rights, you may give a statement that will become detrimental to your case later.
If a lawsuit were to be filed, how do I have to file it?
As explained earlier, you are not likely to file a lawsuit for your personal injury claim. But if you do, the time depends on the status of limitation. That is the maximum time you have to initiate legal proceedings (i.e. file the lawsuit) from the date of the alleged offence (the accident). This varies from state to state. In California, the status of limitation is 2 years. That means you have a 2 year window from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. Our legal team files all lawsuits on behalf of our clients in the most effective and efficient way possible.
How long does do case settlements take? When should I expect to receive my settlement award?
It is very difficult to provide an accurate time for how long it takes to settle any case. The time frame depends on the case and its details and its special circumstances. Our team at Napolin Law is very adamant to process our cases as fast as we can. But how quickly can we proceed depends largely on how cooperative the at-fault party is. Some cases take shorter periods of a few months, while others take more than a year to settle.
Once we receive a response to our demand for your settlement award, the process is fast. If our demand was approved, you should receive your check in a few weeks and maximum a month.
How much will my personal injury case be worth? What is an average settlement award for personal injury cases?
There is no such thing as an average settlement award for personal injury claims or lawsuits. These vary case by case. Some cases are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars while others bring a smaller amounts of $20,000. The worth of your case depends on many factors. Mainly that is your injury. In our demand, we factor in your medical bills, future medical bills, pain and suffering, and time away from work that caused you not to be paid, etc. All of that is done to ensure you get the highest most reasonable settlement award possible. Once you schedule your first free consultation meeting with us, we may be able to tell you that your case is worth a lot or not much money depending on the injuries you sustained. Once we learn more about your injury, we are more able to predict an amount.
Should I accept the settlement the insurance company offered me? How do I know a settlement award is a good award?
This is exactly why we encourage people to consult a personal injury attorney after an accident. Insurance company adjusters are trained to call after an accident to record a statement and offer an award. That is because they do not want to have to pay more. And attorneys make sure insurance companies give bigger settlement awards. So, NEVER accept any settlement. An attorney will be able to tell you whether the settlement is good or not because we have years of experience.
How expensive is it to hire a personal injury lawyer? what do you charge for your services?
It is not expensive at all to hire us as attorneys for your personal injury case. All personal injury lawyers get paid on a contingency basis. What that means is that we take a percentage of the settlement award you get from the insurance company. So NOTHING comes out of your personal pocket. In fact, we only get paid if we win. In other words, if there is no settlement, we get paid $0.
Got Personal Injury Claims Questions? Call Napolin Law Firm today for a FREE consultation
If you have been injured in an accident, call us today. We have a long experience working with clients who have been injured at work, slips and falls, malpractice and dental malpractice, etc. In our first meeting, we will talk to you about your legal rights and explain the process. In order to evaluate your case and answer your personal injury claims questions, we need information. So here are some documents you need to bring for your first consultation meeting:
- Names and contact information for everyone involved in the accident
- The names and contact information for all the medical providers who treated and continue to treat your injuries
- Your medical reports if you have them, and medical bills
- The names and contact information of all witnesses
- Your insurance information
- Names and contact information of all insurance adjusters you spoke to
- If your injuries made you take time off, the dates you were off due to your accident
- Receipts of anything you needed to pay for as a result of the accident
You have nothing to lose to call us today. We offer a free consultation. And if you retain us, we only make money if we win. So call us today to assure all your personal injury questions are being answered.