Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a lawyer if I've been in an accident?
If, however, you have suffered physical or serious emotional injury, you should at least consult with a lawyer before making any statements to the insurance company. You should also speak to an attorney before signing any documents, agreeing to a settlement, or accepting any payments from the insurance company. Many insurance companies protect their profits by keeping injury payments to a minimum. In some companies, insurance adjusters are even given bonuses for the number of “low ball” offers accepted by injured people.
Many unsuspecting accident victims assume that the insurance adjuster will treat them fairly, only to end up getting injured twice – once by the person who caused the accident, and again by the insurance company who offered them an unfair settlement.
Play it safe by consulting with an experienced injury lawyer to determine if the insurance company’s offer is fair.
I don't have health insurance or money to spend on medical treatment. Should I settle my case right away?
Before you talk to an insurance adjuster, call us to get an honest assessment of your injuries and potential claim. We may be able to help you find medical care from health care providers who postpone payment until your case concludes.
When should I hire a laywer?
What is a contingency fee?
If I have a personal injury claim, do I have to go to court?
How long do I have to make a claim for my injuries?
How long will it take to settle my claim?
The time it takes to settle your personal injury case depends on the circumstances of your case, including your ongoing medical treatment. Although some cases can be resolved in as few as three to six months, most take more time and range between a year and 18 months — with many taking even longer. At the Klibaner Law Firm, we want to get you the best possible results, and we will never pressure you into accepting an unfair settlement.