Personal Injury FAQ's
Q: How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a personal injury case?
A: For the majority of personal injury lawsuits, Collins & Collins won’t charge a fee unless the case settles, which is usually a contingency of one-third of the settlement, in addition to any necessary expenses. Speak with one of our expert injury lawyers to find out more about our no fee guarantee.
Q: Does a personal injury lawyer traditionally pay required case expenses up front?
A: Often, but not always. Once again, this does depend on your specific personal injury attorney, so speak with one of our attorneys today for more information.
Q: What are some examples of typical expenses that arise in a personal injury lawsuit?
A: This can include a variety of things, depending on your exact case and the state in which you reside or the state in which the injury occurred. Typical expenses can include filing fees, paying for expert testimony, investigations, meals, medical records, process servers, accident reconstruction and more.
Q: What is the process of a personal injury lawsuit?
A: At Collins & Collins Attorneys, we have our own unique process or strategy for pursuing personal injury claims. First, there are negotiations with the insurance company involved, followed by a lawsuit filing. Various types of paperwork is exchanged over the next few months, followed by depositions. A deposition involves questioning the insurance company and having their lawyers question our client, in addition to other potential witnesses. The final step is a trial, if necessary—a personal injury case may settle at any point throughout this process.
Q: How much money is my claim worth?
A: Every claim is different. Different factors are taken into consideration when it comes to assessing the value of the case. In some lawsuits, liability (the party at fault) is uncertain and the injuries are not serious. These claims may possibly be worth nothing, or have such a low value that it would not make feasible for an attorney to take on such a case. In other claims, liability is obvious and the injuries are very serious. In such situations, the amount of insurance becomes a vital factor, and these cases can be worth a large sum of money—thousands or even millions of dollars.