How do I know if I have a viable case?
Knowing whether you have enough information and evidence to file a personal injury claim can be a difficult call. If you’ve been involved in an accident that resulted in your injury and there were other parties involved who may be responsible, then you should consult with a personal injury attorney right away to go over the facts related to your case. Do not dismiss the possibility that you are eligible to make a personal injury claim without speaking to an experienced legal professional first.
I was injured in a car accident, and the responsible party’s insurance company reached out to me right away and offered me a settlement. Should I just take the initial offer?
Taking an initial settlement offer can be tempting following a motor vehicle accident, particularly if it is a substantial compensation. However, you should generally avoid speaking to an insurance company or its insurer until first visiting with your own counsel. While an insurer’s attempt to speak with you about the accident or your injuries may seem genuine, people that have been injured in an accident initially tend to downplay their injuries. Insurers and defense attorneys know this, which is, in part, why calls from these people are often recorded. If someone reaches out to you regarding the case, ask for their contact information and then have your personal injury attorney contact them on your behalf.
What damages can I recover?
Generally, damages recoverable in personal injury actions include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include lost wages, lost earning capacity, and medical expenses. Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, include physical pain and mental suffering. In some cases, a spouse or a parent may be entitled to damages for loss of consortium.
If you’ve recently been injured in an accident or have lost a family member due to another person’s negligence, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Peetz Koerwitz & Lafleur, we offer free, no-hassle consultations for our prospective clients that have been injured or lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence. We also understand that you cannot always come to us. If that is the case, we will schedule meetings over Zoom or even come to you. Reach out today to schedule an initial meeting with us.