When is the best time to hire an attorney?
The best time to hire an attorney in any case is as soon as possible. Once you hire an attorney, the attorney can begin gathering evidence and obtaining witness statements immediately. The sooner your attorney can begin working on your case, the better chance you have of success. In addition, there are strict time limits for certain cases, and you must make a claim within these time limits, or you may lose your right to bring a claim forever.
Will it cost me anything up front?
Generally, the personal injury lawyers of Mushlin & Vantrease, PLLC handle accident cases on a “contingency fee” basis. That is, there is no charge for case expenses or attorneys’ fees unless we recover money for you. If we are successful, we receive a percentage of the amount we recover for you, as well as reimbursement for case expenses. In the event of a successful recovery, COURT COSTS AND CASE EXPENSES WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT.
Why do I need a lawyer?
Insurance companies that provide insurance for the person who caused your injury will do everything in their power, as soon as possible, to minimize the fault of their insured and try to lower the value of your case. Their job is to pay you as little as possible on your claim. The personal injury lawyers of Mushlin & Vantrease, PLLC will do everything in their power to protect your rights and protect your claim from being minimized by the insurance company.
Do I have to give a recorded statement to the other person’s insurance company?
No. If the other person’s insurance company contacts you, by telephone or in person, you do not have to speak to them. Before agreeing to such a statement, any injury victim should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to understand the legal effects of this statement.
What if the other person’s insurance company offers to settle with me?
It is not uncommon for an insurance company to offer some money to settle your case before you have even finished treating with your doctor. If you haven’t healed yet, how can you know how long it will take to get better, the full extent of your injuries, or whether your injuries are permanent? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, than you can’t possibly negotiate a fair settlement. The experienced personal injury lawyers of Mushlin & Vantrease, PLLC can help you find the answers and negotiate a settlement that is in your best interests.
Will the insurance company pay my medical bills?
Generally, if you are injured in an automobile accident, $10,000 of your medical bills are covered under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of the insurance policy. If you have medical bills that exceed your PIP coverage, we may be able to work with your medical providers to reduce the amount of the remaining medical bills that are not covered by PIP.
If your injury is from a “general liability” accident (like a slip and fall), then your medical bills may have to be recovered at the time of settlement. However, some general liability policies have a “medical payment” provision in the policy to cover your medical bills.
How much is my case worth?
This is probably the most frequent question we are asked at Mushlin & Vantrease, PLLC, and the answer is: every case is different. There are so many factors to take into account when placing a value on a case, that it is really only possible after evaluating your entire case. Some of the factors we look at are: the severity of your injuries; the nature of your injuries; whether your injuries are permanent; whether you are temporarily or permanently disabled; whether you have scarring or broken bones; the amount of your medical expenses; whether you will need treatment in the future; whether you are partially at fault in the accident; and many others. We will, however, promise to do our best to get you the highest possible value for your case.