Have you been injured because of someone else? Check out these 4 common questions about an injury, then contact our Gilbert lawyers today.
1) What are the Steps to Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The first thing you need to be aware of is that in our office, 98% of all our cases are settled without filing a lawsuit and even a higher percentage without going to court. Why is that? We make sure that we send you to top doctors like orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, not just your corner chiropractor. There’s nothing wrong with chiropractors, but they’re not valued the same by insurance adjusters. We prepare that case, get you the best medical care, and then document it, so the insurance company looks at that and goes, hey, we’re probably better off on settling that case.
In the event that a lawsuit does need to be filed, you want to have a firm that has the capability to show the insurance company that they’re serious. Our managing attorney has 66 jury trials. Another one of our attorneys has lots of trial experience. Insurance companies know that. The steps you need to do is you need to call an injury law firm, discuss your case at least over the phone, find out what the time period is that you have to do something. You never want to go past that because all your claim can go up in smoke. Find out what mistakes people commonly make if they try to handle it on their own. We’ll tell you over the phone for free. Then if you want to try it on your own, hey, that’s fine. Our clients go hey, no I’m better off getting the experts. Turn it over to them, and let them handle it, and we love to do that.
2) Should I Accept the First Settlement Offer?
When you just get in a car accident, insurance companies will chase you. What they want to do is they want you to take a check fast. They try to make it sound like it’s a reasonable offer. They will ask you how you are feeling. If you are polite and say you are fine, they will say that means you are not injured. Then say, well you know what, Sally or Jim, we’re going to be generous. By the way, if you ever hear an insurance company say they’re going to be generous, watch out. Don’t, whatever you do, accept that first offer without giving us a call. There are rare situations where you really aren’t injured, and they’re offering $500. Probably one of our attorneys will say go for it. Caution is more important. Go get checked out physically. We can even refer you to top medical experts. Get checked out physically, and then if they say, hey you’re fine, okay. Don’t do it the other way around, and take their first offer, and then call us crying.
3) What is the Role of Expert Witnesses?
The number one expert and most important expert is your treating doctor. That’s why one of our services that we provide is we’re going to refer you to the top medical doctors. We’re talking about orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and neurosurgeons that normally you are not going to know about or even have access to. You need to find a medical doctor who really understands what insurance companies are looking for and knows how to write the reports in a way that the insurance company says alright, wow, okay, you’ve convinced us. Yes, we’re going to pay.
Experts are important, but the right experts are crucial.
4) Is There a Minimum Amount of Medical Bills to Have a Case?
There is no minimum amount per se. There are minimums in other states. In Arizona, there isn’t a minimum amount per se as the attorney explained to the potential client, but there’s certainly situations where if you just go to the doctor one time, have one doctor bill, as the attorney explained, you’re going to be better off just handling that case yourself, and you might get a couple of hundred dollars in your pocket after your doctor bill is paid.
Our law firm focuses on cases that have more serious injuries, where you have some serious symptoms like headaches being the number one symptom of a concussion, for example, which is often overlooked. You might have numbness and tingling in your legs and arms that can be a sign of disk damaged, disk herniation, even though people don’t realize how serious that is. We always make sure that our clients go to see an orthopedic surgeon, a neurologist for concussions, etc., so they’re not overlooked. If you just go see your primary care doctor one time, they’ll be happy to send you a check for $300 or $500, and then you find out later on after you see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist, you’re a lot more seriously injured. There’s only one person that’s going to suffer in that situation, and it’s not the insurance company.
Have you or a loved one been injured because of someone else and have questions? After reading these 4 common questions about an injury, contact experienced Gilbert Personal Injury Lawyers at Free Injury Advice today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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