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Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer: Top 5 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Scot D. Goldberg | Jan 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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When you have the need for the services of a personal injury lawyer, it is most likely because you or someone in your family has been involved in a serious accident. These types of unexpected circumstances can be life-altering, and certainly not the type of occurrence you ever expected would happen to you.

If you or someone you love has sustained a serious injury in a car, motorcycle, construction site or any other type of accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of someone else, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Our job is to help you through this stressful situation, and provide all of the answers you need to help put your mind at ease.

Hiring a personal injury attorney need not be confusing or intimidating – here are the Top 5 most often-asked questions people have in this situation:

Q: Do I have to pay anything up front?
A: No. If you hire our firm to represent you, you'll pay no costs or fees for our services upfront. In fact, the only time you will owe us money is if we are successful in receiving a financial recovery on your behalf. Upon the conclusion of your case – whether it ends with a settlement offered by an insurance company or being rewarded a financial settlement in a jury trial – our firm receives a percentage of the total, generally 33.3 %. If we are unable to obtain a financial recovery for you, you owe us no money.

Q: I am working with another attorney, but I'm not happy with them. If I fire them and hire you, will I have to pay them anything?
A: No – If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the work your attorney is doing or the progress of your case, you can fire them and hire us. You are not required to pay any fees to your first lawyer if we take over your case. If your first attorney is owed any money relating to your case, we will work out a financial arrangement with them out of our fees.

Q: If I don't receive any financial settlement or am not awarded a successful jury verdict and my health insurance company has paid out the maximum allowed for my injuries, will I still be obligated to pay more?
A: No. Even If you do not receive any financial settlement as a result of your accident, you are not required to reimburse your health insurance carrier for the satisfaction of any liens they may have filed against you.

Q: If I end up settling my case, can my health insurance company now claim I have a “pre-existing” condition to prevent me from receiving any further treatment or deny me further coverage?
A: No. If your case is successfully settled and you find out you still need further treatment or surgical procedures to treat your injuries, your health insurance provider will still be obligated to pay for any subsequent procedures or medical care.

Q: Do I really need to hire an attorney if my injuries are not that serious?
A: Probably not. But, almost all personal injury lawyers offer a free personal consultation, with no obligation required. This is a good opportunity to find out exactly what your rights and responsibilities are when you've been involved in an accident. A competent attorney can help you determine if you have a case for legal action or not, and it won't coast you a thing to find out. Peace of mind is critically important after being involved in any kind of accident, no matter the extent of any injuries.

Have you been involved in an accident? Call the personal injury attorneys at Goldberg, Racila, D'Alessandro & Noone at 888-461-2919 or fill out our Do I Have a Case? form to start discussing your legal options. Time is of the essence after an accident, and delaying taking action could affect the recovery of any financial compensation.

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Scot D. Goldberg

Scot Goldberg is a founding partner of the Goldberg Law Firm. See his attorney profile for more information.


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