Personal Injury FAQ

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Holzer Edwards, Chartered, is experienced in handling personal injury cases. Each of the attorneys has a thorough understanding of the intricacies of insurance procedures and personal injury law. This enables us to obtain the most fair and reasonable settlements for our clients often without the necessity of going to trial.

If you need advice or would simply like some questions answered, we will be glad to help. Please give us a call.

Why Do I Need An Attorney?

Laws relating to accident injuries are extremely complex and subject to frequent change. An attorney's expertise is invaluable, not only in dealing with insurance matters on your behalf, but also in the ability to explain and interpret the law. The right attorney knows how to obtain fair compensation for your injuries through negotiations, frequently without going to court. Also, the attorney is familiar with court procedures, filing requirements, deadlines and other details that a nonlawyer could very easily overlook.

When you hire an attorney, all of the resources and support staff of a highly trained professional will be on your side to protect your legal rights.

The attorney represents your interests. He or she will research and analyze all the available facts and information relating to your claim, prepare the appropriate legal documents and negotiate a settlement, while always presenting the courses of action that may be taken, the possible alternatives, and the possible consequences.

Won't The Insurance Company Handle The Case?

If you have sustained an injury as a result of an automobile accident, it is important to know that any insurance company involved will be anxious to keep costs to a minimum. These companies operate, after all, for profit and paying you as little as possible maximizes their profits. The company will very likely want you to sign a release form as soon as possible by promising to pay your automobile costs and medical bills.

Although it may be tempting at such a stressful time to have all your present costs "taken care of," there are some very important points to bear in mind:

  • You should be aware that it is not uncommon for symptoms to show up a considerable time after the initial accident and trauma.
  • Until your physician is confident that your recovery is complete and is willing to prepare a final report stating that your condition has returned to pre-injury status, you cannot be certain that future accident-related medical costs will not be incurred.
  • Once you sign the insurance company's release form, the matter is final. Should associated problems develop later, you will have no recourse for payment from the insurer. All additional expenses relating to the accident will be yours to bear alone.
  • If the accident is caused by another driver's negligence (i.e., drunken or inattentive driving, speeding, failure to yield right of way, etc.), you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. You may be sure the insurance company will not offer you substantial payment for these injuries.

How Much Compensation Will I Get?

Every case is different, and an accurate assessment of your claim requires a careful review of the facts. You should get compensation for medical bills. Not only should you get compensation for the medical bills you have already incurred because of your injuries, but also future medical costs such as physical therapy. Similarly, you should get compensation for all the wages you have already lost, as well as those you will lose in the future. If you cannot return to work or have to take a lower paying job because of your injuries, you should be compensated accordingly.

How Long Will It Take To Settle My Claim?

It is very much to your advantage not to "rush" the settlement of your claim. The final release that you sign when you receive your settlement is exactly that — final! If any further symptoms related to the accident develop, you have no recourse. For this reason, your attorney will advise you not to settle your claim until your physician is confident that your recovery is complete. Then, informed negotiations on your claim can begin shortly after your physician's final report is received.

Will My Claim Go To Trial?

Trial is a possibility. However, it is rare. Most cases are resolved through negotiation. At the outset of a case though, it can be difficult to tell how it will be resolved. This is why it is so important to enlist a lawyer who has trial experience and is prepared to fight for you in court. You want a lawyer on your side who can make it clear to the insurance company that any attempts to avoid paying full and fair compensation will result in trial.

Can I Afford An Attorney?

Generally, in personal injury cases, the attorney will be paid on a "contingency" basis. This means that the fees will not be paid until a fair settlement or judgment has been obtained from the insurance company and/or any other responsible party. Then, all your medical bills and any other costs incurred will also be settled in full. Above all, having these matters handled by a competent attorney relieves you of concern regarding the financial aspects of your injury and allows you to concentrate on your recovery.

There is no fee for the initial consultation at Holzer Edwards, Chartered, in Boise, Idaho. Call 888-490-0992 or contact us online.

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