Personal Injury Cases
When you suffer a personal injury, it’s normal to have a lot of questions about how to seek a fair recovery for your losses. Any injury can turn your life inside out in a split second. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injuries:
When should I call an attorney after I’m hurt?
The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner they can begin to work on your behalf. This work may include engaging an investigator to contact witnesses before memories fade or photograph the scene before conditions change, assisting with the processing of your medical bills, dealing with the other side’s insurance company — who is not on your side! — and answering your questions.
What should I do right after I’m hurt?
You should seek immediate medical attention. If you’re able, you should take photos of the scene and collect names and contact information for witnesses. Contact the police if it’s appropriate.
What’s my case worth?
The amount of compensation to which you may be entitled depends on a number of factors, including how the incident happened, whether there is any dispute about fault, the nature of your injuries, the duration and type of your treatment, whether you fully recover, how the ability to go about your daily activities, including, if applicable, your employment, has been and may continue to be affected, and others. Until these factors are fully appreciated, which may take months or even years, it is simply too early to say what a case may be worth. Beware of the lawyer, or anyone else, who early on tells you what your case is worth.
What should I expect after I first contact a lawyer?
If you contact Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC we will call you back promptly and schedule an in-person meeting, coming to you if appropriate, where you will meet the lawyer who will handle your case to a conclusion. If you come to our office you will meet the paralegal with whom you will be in regular contact. You can expect the meeting to last more than an hour, and to be asked detailed questions developed over years of practice geared at identifying key issues and strategies. The meeting will not end until all your questions are answered.
Does it take a long time for my case to be resolved?
It can. We will strive to resolve your case as quickly and favorably as possible. Insurance companies know delay works to their advantage, though. Plus, once a lawsuit is filed it can take 12-24 months for a case to move through the courts. Often a fair settlement offer isn’t made until the eve of trial. We at Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC have learned ways to remove the delay incentive from the insurance companies and push them to fairly address settlement as soon as the case is ready.
Will my case go to trial?
Most don’t. We at Licari, Walsh Sklaver, LLC, though, handle every case as if it will be tried, and we have found this results in a high settlement percentage. An experienced Connecticut personal injury law firm such as Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC knows what motivates an insurance company to settle and can help build a case that the other side will see as better settled than tried. Of course, some cases must be tried. And in these instances we at Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC have a reputation of strong and impassioned advocacy.
How can an attorney help me after I’m hurt?
The attorneys at Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC can help you at each stage after a personal injury. In addition to helping you build your case, the Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC attorney team can help guide you to making the best possible choices to get the best result.
There is No Such Thing as “Fast Cash”
The insurance company is going to work hard and fast to try to get you to settle — they will make you a “fair” offer and might say you don’t need a lawyer. Not so. The insurance is not on your side. If you accept a payment you will be giving up your right to compensation for all time. It’s best to wait and speak with an attorney who can make sure you are receiving maximum value on your case.
Statements Under Duress
After you’ve been in a car accident, you may be in pain and under a lot of stress. Refrain from giving statements until you’re aware of what’s going on and you’ve been treated for your injuries. Even as innocent as you may feel your statements could be, the insurance company could use your words against you later.