Frequently asked Questions Regarding Personal Injury Cases
1. What is the first thing I should do if I suffer an injury?
If you are injured you should obtain medical treatment immediately. After your initial medical needs have been addressed, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Cases often need to be investigated quickly and a delay in consulting an attorney can sometimes cause critical evidence to be permanently lost.
2. Do I need an attorney?
In many cases you will need to hire an attorney to adequately protect your interests. You should take advantage of the free consultations offered by the Shane O'Donnell Law Firm to determine whether we can be of assistance to you.
3. How do I pay for your services?
We usually handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means our fee is a percentage of the recovery that we are able to obtain for you. If you would prefer to hire us on an hourly basis, that option is also available.
4. What if I am contacted by an insurance company or an investigator?
We recommend that you not discuss your injury or the way in which it happened with anyone until you have consulted an attorney. Also, if you sign any papers or agree to any settlement before speaking with an attorney, this could affect your ability to recover full compensation for your injuries.
5. What are my rights if I have been injured?
As a general rule, if someone's negligence caused your injury, you are entitled to compensation for those injuries. The specific legal rights and limitations that apply to your case will vary depending on the facts.
6. What is my case worth?
Each case is unique. Because of this, until your case has been fully investigated and your medical condition has stabilized, you should be wary of anyone who tries to tell you the value of your claim. Full compensation may include payment of medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of ability to enjoy life, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity.
7. Will my case go to trial?
Many cases are settled before trial. Although we always remain open to settlement offers, if a settlement offer is inadequate, we have the experience to handle your case all the way through trial.
8. Can my attorney settle my case without my consent?
At the Shane O'Donnell Law Firm, we will never settle your claim without your consent. Recommendations of whether to settle or not are made, but the ultimate decision to settle lies with you.
9. How soon after the settlement is the money received and disbursed?
In many cases, the funds are received within seven to fourteen (7-14) days after the release is signed. Cases involving a large settlement, the State, private individuals, and/or out-of-area insurance companies often take much longer. In some cases we need to obtain the approval of the Court before a settlement can be finalized.
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5 Steps in handling your personal injury case
The extent of your injuries or of others is very hard to diagnose at the time of your incident. Serious injuries may or may not result in immediate pain or discomfort. Call 911 or emergency services after any serious accident or injury.
Get immediate medical care
#1. The extent of your injuries or of others is very hard to diagnose at the time of your incident. Serious injuries may or may not result in immediate pain or discomfort. Call 911 or emergency services after any serious accident or injury.
Do not make any conclusive statements
#2. At the time or your accident or injury it is common try to analyze your injuries or all the circumstances of the accident. In most cases, this should not be done during the stressful aftermath of an accident. If other parties make statements make note of their comments. Do not sign documents or make statements to an insurance adjuster.
Cooperate with emergency authorities
#3. Cooperate with medical care and law enforcement authorities. Provide requested motor vehicle, insurance or personal ID information. Capture pictures (via cell phone) of important details of your accident (by an uninjured party).
Contact an attorney to review your injury case
#4. Each personal injury case has unique circumstances which can only be addressed from an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney. Contact an attorney for a confidential consultation as soon as possible.
#5. Medical injuries can take time to fully diagnose. One painful injury can mask a completely different and more serious injury. If you experience any medical issues after your incident contact a medical professional immediately. Keep all incident and medical records for your attorney's review.
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