Things To Know Before Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer
Here are some common questions our clients have about working with us on personal injury cases. To discuss your situation at a free consultation with our experienced attorney, please call our Austin office at (512) 476-9800 or send us a message online.
How much money will it cost me to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Nothing. Jeremy Levine and The Levine Law Firm work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you don’t recover any money in your case, neither does the firm. In addition, the firm fronts all costs and expenses of your case, which, again, means that if the firm does not recover any money in the case, you will not have to pay back any of the expenses.
In addition, the firm is often able to assist in obtaining medical treatment under a letter of protection, which means that you will be treated without paying out of pocket for any of your medical treatment. Again, if the firm does not recover any money in the case, you will not have to pay back any of the costs of this treatment.
The Levine Law Firm operates this way because we do not believe in taking cases we don’t think we can win. If we take your case, you can be sure that we believe you will win.
What are some of the most common mistakes people make after an accident?
If you are injured in an accident, one of the first things that may happen is the other party’s insurance company will call and ask you about what happened and about your injuries. What you say to an insurance company can and will be used against you. Often, people just injured in car accidents do not feel the full brunt of their injuries until a day or two later. However, they may have told the insurance company that they were not hurt or not badly hurt a few hours after the accident. Without question, the most common mistake people make after an accident is speaking to the other side’s insurance professional without a lawyer on their side. We strongly recommend that you do not speak to the other party’s insurance company without having retained a lawyer.
The next most common mistake injured people make after an accident is not seeking treatment quickly enough. It is important for your case to have an objective track record showing that you have been injured. Therefore, it is crucial if you have been injured that you get to a doctor or another medical professional as soon after the accident as you can. Further, it is crucial that you do not create a gap in treatment by missing your doctor’s appointments in the weeks and months following your accident, as these are things that can be used against you by insurance adjusters and defense counsel in your case. While not indicative of the extent of your injuries, not treating soon after your accident or missing treatment sessions creates an argument that either you were not badly injured at the time of the accident or you were healed fairly soon after the accident.
How do I prove my personal injury case?
An injured claimant must prove two elements to win a case.
The first is the liability of the other party. This can be shown by a police report, witness statements, the admission of the other party, photographs, phone records, videos or all of the above. If possible, do what you can to take pictures of the cars, the scene or the premises on which you were injured. It is our job as lawyers to gather this evidence and use it to show liability, but it is helpful to have it available to us in the first place. We are experts at gathering evidence and shaping your case to maximize your results.
The second element is damages, shown by the medical records and bills that track your injuries, as well as by the testimony of you and your family and friends with regard to your physical, mental and emotional condition. We can assist you in gathering this evidence.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
It is difficult to value your case at the beginning, but the fact is that the more seriously you are injured, the more valuable your case is. In a serious injury case, it is even more vital that you get to a doctor fast and make it to most or all of your appointments, as there is so much more to lose if you don’t. Factors that affect the value of your case include:
- Whether you have any liability on your end (Was the accident caused in part by your actions or omissions?)
- The nature and extent of your injuries (Do you have broken bones? Do you need surgery?)
- Whether there are objective signs of injury, both at the start and over time (meaning, are there adequate medical records?)
- Certain personality traits or actions of the other party (For example, was the other party a person a jury would not like? Or was the other party driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol?)
What will I need to do once I have signed up with a personal injury lawyer?
Once you sign up with The Levine Law Firm, your main job will simply be to treat your injuries, follow doctor’s orders and get better.
If your case does not settle prior to a lawsuit being filed (and we will keep you well-updated on this as your case develops), you may be called on to assist us with answering discovery (questions sent over by the other side) and to give a deposition. However, you will not need to worry about discovery or your deposition until we are far down the line, and we will be certain to prepare you fully and well in advance if these are necessary.
How long will my personal injury case take from start to finish?
The Levine Law Firm prides itself on moving as fast as possible to complete our cases. However, we cannot begin to prepare our demand packages and move forward with your case until you have finished treating. We are able to complete a minor injury case in as little as three to four months; however, a more serious injury case usually takes at least a year. Again, our goal is to maximize our clients’ return, and to do that, it is important to have a complete treatment history; without that, we would be trying to resolve a case before it was ripe for resolution.
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