What is a personal injury case?
Personal injury cases include automobile accidents, slip and falls, boating accidents and wrongful death claims. There are many other types of personal injury cases and we will review your case upon request at no charge.
How do I pay for my personal injury case if I have no money?
Once we accept your case, all costs will be paid by the firm. The attorney’s fees and costs will be deducted from your settlement at the end of your case.
What are the attorneys’ fees?
Fees are usually 33 1/3% of a settlement; however, if a law suit is filed, they usually are 40%.
How does the insurance affect my personal injury case?
Generally without insurance it is very difficult to obtain a recovery. The extent of insurance available is often the maximum amount of your recovery.
Can I recover more than the insurance that is available?
Yes; however this is extremely difficult. Few individuals have sufficient financial ability to pay a judgment, or their money is not collectible.
What are the types of insurance involved in personal injury cases?
Accidents in the home are covered by homeowners insurance; automobile accidents are covered under auto insurance, and personal liability policies cover other claims.
In automobile cases there is also PIP insurance; medical payments insurance and uninsured motorist coverage. Each of these insurances pay for a different aspect of your case.
How long my case will take?
This depends on the facts of your case. The average case is resolved anywhere from 6 to 12 months. If a lawsuit is filed, cases usually take 1-2 years.
How much is my case worth?
The value of your case depends on who was at fault, and the amount of your damages including:
Past Medical Bills
Future Medical Expenses
Lost Wages and Lost Earning capacity
Any permanent disability
Pain and suffering
There is no way to determine in advance exactly how much a case is worth, but we will review your case upon request at no charge.
The other driver’s insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I take it?
No. We recommend you to contact an attorney. Insurance companies may offer you a minimal amount of money in return for a release of your claims.
Why do I need to retain an attorney?
In personal injury litigation, it is very difficult to represent yourself. The law can be complicated, and the insurance companies are very experienced in handling claims. It is difficult to attempt to learn the law, be objective, and settle your own case. We strongly recommend that you would retain an attorney, and Wiitala & Contole, P.A. will provide you a consultation of your case at no charge.