PERSONAL INJURY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Personal Injury Case FAQ
If you’ve been involved in a personal injury accident your mind is understandably racing about the thought of paying for medical bills, taking time off work and long-term effects. While this is a normal reaction it is important to stay calm, honestly answer questions from local law enforcement and immediately go to a hospital of your primary care physician for an exam. Finally, you’ll want to contact a personal injury attorney to answer all of your questions. If you or your loved one have been involved in an accident, review J Fine Law’s personal injury FAQ guideline then give us a call at 1-800-HURT-123 for a free consultation of your case.
10 Common Personal Injury FAQ to Ask an Attorney
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is defined as causing harm to a person(s) because of another person(s) or company’s negligence. They can occur from a car accident, medical malpractice, workplace injury, product liability and much more.
What do I do after a personal injury accident?
To support your case and have the best chance for fair compensation there are several steps you should take immediately after the accident.
- Take photos of crime scene/injury
- Get a list of witnesses: names & contact information
- Visit the doctor for an exam. Follow their care plan & go to all follow-up appointments.
- Write down a play by play of exactly what happened leading up to the accident, during and right after.
- Contact an attorney
Do I need a lawyer?
It is strongly encouraged and recommended to have a personal injury law firm on your side when dealing with insurance companies and large corporations. Our team has the time and resources to fully dedicate to your case while you focus on your physical and mental health. Further, with years of trial and negotiation experience, our lawyers stand up against the big dogs and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
In our experience, those who chose to fight these cases on their own settle for far less than they deserve.
Will my case go to trial?
Your attorney will fight on your behalf against the big insurance corporations to reach a fair and accurate settlement to avoid a lengthy trial. The vast majority of personal injury cases do not reach the courthouse.
How much is my case worth?
The answer will depend on several factors including economic damages, costs for medical treatment, lost wages and any long-term care you may need. We’ll take all of these into consideration to give you an estimate.
How long until I get my settlement?
Depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of time it takes to compile the evidence for presentation, J. Fine Law has reached settlements in as little as several weeks. However, uncooperative defendants and insurance companies could stretch the time table to 6 months up to a year or more.
How much time do I have to file a claim?
You have until the statute of limitations expires (see next question below), but it is in your best interest to act as quickly as possible. When the memory and evidence of the accident are still fresh it is easier to file a claim, compile accurate events and reach a settlement.
What is the statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for a personal injury case is 2 years in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The clock starts as soon as the accident that caused harm happened, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury law firm immediately.
What is the average settlement for this type of case?
Again, this will depend on the extend of injuries, damages, lost wages and long-term treatment. The average ranges from $3,000 up to $525,000 in some cases. Review some of our most recent accident settlements.
How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
You pay nothing out of pocket to hire our accident & personal injury attorneys. When we reach a settlement, we’ll take a small percentage to cover the costs of our services and any money paid up front for document copies, etc.
J. Fine Law is one of the leading law firms in Philadelphia for personal injury cases ranging from car accidents to slip & falls, workplace injuries, nursing home abuse, dog bites and much more. With offices in Cherry Hill NJ, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA, we’ve helped thousands of clients successfully reach fair settlement compensation for their injuries. To discuss any questions we have not highlighted above or to schedule a no obligation consultation, call 1-800-HURT-123.