Personal Injury FAQs
The attorneys at Gierth-Eddy Law Offices have answered some of the most common personal injury questions.
Do I need an attorney?
After an accident it is understandable that people want to move on with their lives. Sometimes people will attempt to handle the issues that arise, without consulting a legal professional. Many problems can arise when attempting to handle an accident on your own. At Gierth-Eddy Law Offices, the initial consultation with an attorney is free for injury matters, so there is easy access to more information.
What is this going to cost me?
We are committed to providing clients with a free consultation regarding injury matters. Should a client wish to discuss a will or a trust and estate issue, a fee for these services would be discussed when you call the office.
What to do after a car accident?
When a motor vehicle collision occurs it is easy to become disoriented, shaken and confused. However, after an accident it is important to obtain crucial information. Guidelines to follow after a collision include:
- Report the collision to the police.
- If you are injured, stay calm and wait for help.
- Do not move the vehicles unless necessary.
- Exchange names, phone numbers and insurance information.
- Notify your insurance carrier of the collision.
- If possible, take photographs of all vehicle damage.
- Seek medical attention when necessary.
How do I handle insurance adjusters?
When accidents occur, it is common for an insurance company to ask you to give a recorded statement with an insurance adjuster. It is never wise to do so without consulting your attorney. Insurance Adjusters are trained to gather information in a favorable way for the insurance companies. Again, consulting with your attorney before talking with an adjuster is appropriate.
What is my case worth?
It is impossible to make generalizations about the value of any case without knowing the details of the harm caused and the manner it was caused. An important job for your attorney is to detail all possible losses that will translate into a legal recovery. The law allows recovery for a wide range of situations, many of which may not be readily apparent to the injured party. Damages include, but are not limited to, past medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost past wages, lost future income, and pain and suffering.
How long will my case take to resolve?
The length of time to resolve a case varies greatly and is governed by the specific facts and circumstances of each case. However, it is critical to understand the damages suffered by a client before attempting resolution of any matter. The attorneys at Gierth-Eddy Law Offices are happy to discuss the facts and circumstances of your particular matter and provide an analysis of the options available.