Understand Your Rights After An Accident
Personal Injury FAQs
It is not easy for people who have never suffered a serious injury to understand what it really costs you. The physical pain alone can change everything. Getting the money you deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and more can help you get back much of what you lost, but the steps you need to take to get full compensation can be confusing.
At Schmitt Law Firm, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of injured people like you. The following questions are just a sample of what we hear from clients who want to know what to do after an accident. To learn more or to discuss your situation, call us at 816-400-1000 or contact us online.
Do I Need An Attorney?
Every case is unique. Still, many personal injury claims come down to an injured person versus the insurance company of the person, people or business that caused the injury. Insurance companies exist to collect premiums and minimize what they pay out in claims. They will do whatever they can to avoid paying you what you deserve. A personal injury lawyer is generally necessary in cases involving serious injuries or death, provided the accident was the result of negligence.
How Much Will I Get In Compensation?
We may be able to provide you with an estimate after we investigate your claim, but it is impossible to know ahead of time how much you will get. Anyone willing to provide you with a guarantee is either misleading you or is picking a number far below what you might be able to get with proper representation.
What we do know is that personal injury victims can generally get compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses incurred, future medical expenses, loss of property (damage to your car, for example) and more.
How Much Will An Attorney Cost?
Personal injury cases are handled on contingency. That means the attorney is paid a set percentage of the compensation obtained for you. Studies have shown that people who are represented collect more than those who go it alone. Our firm will agree to represent you only if we believe we can make a positive difference in the outcome of your case. We handle all legal costs upfront for our clients and charge attorneys fees only if we are successful in getting you a settlement or verdict in court.
When Will I Get The Money?
This, too, cannot be predicted reliably. In some cases, insurance companies can see the writing on the wall and agree to a fair settlement quickly. In other cases, they play hardball and refuse to offer clients what they deserve without a fight. The more complex the case, the longer it may take to get you what you deserve.
While the waiting is stressful, you are far better off holding out for a fair settlement than accepting a quick result that shortchanges you. If the money runs out and you still need medical care and can’t work, you can’t go back and ask for more.
Do You Handle Claims Like Mine?
Schmitt Law Firm, LLC, is a personal injury law firm. We handle a wide range of cases, including:
- Vehicle accidents such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, train accidents and more
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries, misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, surgical errors, and nursing home neglect and abuse
- Premises liability, including everything from negligent construction to dog bite cases
- Wrongful death, including any death caused by the negligence of another, whether from a drunk driver or an irresponsible auto parts manufacturer
How Do I Choose The Best Attorney For Me?
There are several things you should look for in an attorney. Experience matters. Ask prospective attorneys if they have handled cases like yours. Ask them how long they’ve been practicing. Check to see if they have obtained good results in cases like yours for other clients. Finally, just check to see if the lawyer is are someone you can work with. Does he or she answer your questions? Listen to what you have to say? Getting injured is stressful. You need an attorney you can trust.