Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Personal Injury Cases
The first question we usually get is whether you have a case. The answer is that we have to look at each situation independently to decide whether or not your injury merits a personal injury claim. There is no checklist to reference or set of simple questions to answer. We simply sit down with you at your initial consultation to review the known facts of your accident and work from there.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you believe you may have a personal injury claim, call us toll-free at 866-936-9863 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free initial consultation. For more information about personal injury lawsuits, see the answers to other questions we frequently hear listed below.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney for a personal injury case?
First, it is important to point out that there are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. Our payment is a percentage of your final settlement. That means it costs you nothing during the process and that we do not get paid unless you get paid. The amount we are paid for our services is determined by the amount of your settlement.
How much money will I get in my settlement?
The settlement dollar amount is based on several factors including hospital bills, lost wages and whether your injuries prevent you from working. The court also looks at whether you will have future medical expenses because of the accident. In addition, your age and the amount of pain and suffering you experienced figure into the equation.
Will I have to appear in court?
The personal injury cases we handle rarely go to trial. It is in the best interests of everyone involved to avoid the costs of going to court. By negotiating with the insurance companies and businesses involved in your accident, we can almost always come to an agreement that allows us to avoid the stress and time commitment of going to trial.
If your case is one of those rare instances where going to trial is necessary, we make the process as easy and stress-free for you as possible.
Is there a deadline for filing a claim?
Yes. In the state of Tennessee, there is a one-year statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim. This means that if you don’t file a claim within one year of your accident, you give up your right to ever file a claim (the exception is that minors may have until age 18).
Ideally, you would file your claim as soon as possible after the accident. Not only does this give us more time to build a case, but it also increases the likelihood of locating witnesses, finding evidence and examining the accident scene.
Should I be talking with my insurance company?
You will have to speak with your insurance company, but you should be careful what you say. You should not accept a settlement check from the other party’s insurance company. Remember that the goal of the insurance company is to keep your settlement check as small as possible. They move quickly, often before you understand the scope of your injuries. If it turns out you need additional surgery after you accept the insurance company’s check, you will be paying for it on your own
Contact The Personal Injury Attorneys At Todd & Dossett, P.C.
If you or a loved one was hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, call 866-936-9863 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. Remember, the sooner we get started the better our chances of getting a fair settlement.