Pensacola AV®-Rated Attorneys Answer Personal Injury FAQs
Helping you understand the personal injury claims process
At Baker & Baker, in Pensacola, we have been offering skilled legal help to injury victims for more than 25 years. During that time, we have been asked many questions. Here we provide answers to some of the questions we hear most often. While not intended to replace advice specific to your case, we hope you will find this helpful.
We encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss your needs and concerns. Please contact us to set up a time that is convenient for you.
- What is a personal injury claim?
- How much is my case worth?
- What should I say to the insurance company representatives?
- How much will it cost me to file a claim?
A: A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that your attorney will file on your behalf. To win your lawsuit and get you fair compensation, we must prove that the person who caused the injury (the defendant) owed you (the plaintiff) a legal duty not to jeopardize your safety. Second, we must prove that they breached that duty. Then, we must prove that by neglecting their duty, they caused the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Last, we must prove that you suffered a loss, and thus deserve damages, because of the injury.
A. There is no single answer to this question. And if a lawyer tells you that he or she can get you a certain amount of money, you should look for a different attorney. No two car accidents, slip and falls, truck crashes or any other accidents are identical. And while an attorney can show you a track record of successes, it is not a guarantee that you will be awarded the same amount. Damages that are generally available in a lawsuit include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. The amount you will receive depends on many different factors, and your lawyer should be candid when explaining them to you.
A. There is an old expression: “Silence is golden.” And when it comes to discussing anything with an insurance company’s adjuster, lawyer or any other representative, you should take that adage to heart. It is all too easy to say something that the insurance company will use to reduce your compensation. Any questions an insurance company might have should be referred to your personal injury attorney.
A. Personal injury cases are taken on contingency, which means your attorney fees are paid only if you win and the defendant pays damages. Your lawyer should clearly lay out what percentage of the award his or her fee will be and what additional expenses, such as expert witnesses, will cost.
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