I've been injured -- what
do I do first?
If you are injured in an accident, you should seek medical attention. Whether or not you have a claim, a doctor should examine you, both for your own peace of mind and to document the injury in order to support your claim. Frequently, an injury from an accident may not appear immediately. Whenever symptoms first appear, go to your family doctor, a hospital emergency room, or another medical professional to obtain medical help.
Why do I need to contact an attorney?
It costs nothing to have the offices of Dill Law Group PA evaluate your injury claim. Also, you have a lot to gain by speaking with us first -- even if we're unable to represent you in your claim; we may be able to provide you with valuable information and advice. We have been through this many times and most of the time we can help you.
How much is my case worth, and will you guarantee success?
The "value" of your case depends on many factors, such as the extent of your injury, the amount of your medical bills, and your condition after you have finished treatment. The calculation also involves the ability of the other party to pay a judgment, and whether you played any role in causing the accident.
I will not take your case unless I think it has a good chance of success. Even so, there are no guarantees. All I can do is give you a fair assessment of the outcome of your case based on my experience, the injury itself, and what jury verdicts have been achieved in cases similar to yours.
How much do you charge for a personal injury case?
Most matters are handled on a contingency-fee basis. This means that the fee is due only if we are successful with your case. For cases resolved without a lawsuit, the fee is one third (33.33%) of the total amount. For cases requiring a lawsuit, the fee is 40% of the total amount.
After the fee is deducted, costs advanced by us for your case are then calculated and deducted. Costs typically include court filing fees, investigators, medical records, etc.
How long will it take for me to receive my money?
The length of time necessary to recover monies for your injury depends upon a number of factors. For example, if you sustain a serious injury, you do not want to settle your claim until you have received sufficient medical care. Your physician should release you and your future medical expenses related to the accident should be able to be determined with reasonable certainty.
Therefore, the amount of time you need to heal may determine the length of time necessary to conclude your claim. The amount of time before you recover also depends on whether your case is settled or goes to trial. Every case is different and I will look out for your best interest by advising on what I think is best for your situation.
How soon should I bring my claim?
Each state sets a time period during which a person must bring a personal injury claim. Both the length of that period and the way it is measured in cases varies from state to state. Even within a state, the time period may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as the plaintiff's age, the type of personal injury claim, the particular facts giving rise to the injury, and when the injury is discovered. You must be absolutely certain that you know the time limitation period that applies to you, or you risk jeopardizing your legal rights. I will advise you as to what the statute of limitations are for your situation.
My insurance agent says I can handle the case myself without a lawyer. Is this a good idea?
I don’t recommend that you handle legal matters yourself. Do not give a recorded statement until you speak with an attorney. I think it is best to seek the advice of an expert, such as myself, who knows the laws and can look out for your best interest. There is no charge for a consultation with me.
If you take my case, what will I have to do?
First of all, you should seek medical attention and take care of your injuries. Then, we would meet and I would ask you to identify specifics about the case, such as witnesses, time, and place of the incident. From that point, I will advise you on the probability of the case. That is all that is required from you.
If you agree to retain my services, I would begin requesting medical records to support your claim. I would also handle calls between your insurance company and doctors. I would keep you informed on the status of the case at all times and do my best to insure a speedy and economical recovery for you.
Why do we have to "file suit" and what does that mean?
A suit will only have to be filed if your case cannot be resolved with the insurance company. I will do my best to resolve your case quickly while keeping your best interest in mind. However, sometimes, the need to go to trial may be necessary and in that case, I would be required to “file suit” at the courthouse to begin the legal process of a trial.
This means that a judge or jury may decide the legitimacy as well as the value of your claim. I would advise you prior to filing a suit, if I thought it was in your best interest and if I thought the case would be successful in front of a jury or judge.
If I live outside of Florida can you help me if I was injured in Florida?
It doesn’t matter where you currently live. What is most important is where the accident occurred. If the accident occurred within the State of Florida, then I would be able to assist you with your claim, no matter where you currently reside. In fact, it would be important for you to find an attorney who is licensed to practice within the state the accident occurred.