Frequently Asked Questions: Personal Injury FAQ's
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Is it necessary to hire an attorney for a personal injury case?
Any person can deal with their claim personally if they choose to. Unfortunately, many injured individuals have later regretted failing to get legal representation from a
San Francisco personal injury attorney as they got a settlement much lower than they could have recovered with an aggressive attorney.
Should I speak to the insurance adjuster from the responsible person's insurance company?
It is never a good idea to talk to insurance company personnel without first getting legal representation. As insurance companies are huge, profit-oriented corporations, they make great efforts to reduce claims. Sometimes injured individuals are interviewed while they are still hospitalized and on pain killers and unable to give truly coherent answers. Nonetheless, the adjuster will be carefully listening to everything you say, looking for ways to reduce the claim amount. It is crucial that you contact the Law Offices of David R. Silva for skilled legal representation prior to any conversations with insurance adjusters.
How expensive is a personal injury lawyer?
Each case varies in the amount of work involved and ancillary costs, such as expert witnesses or investigators. However, at the Law Offices of David R. Silva, no payments are required prior to a settlement or judgment. The firm takes on the case on a contingency basis, and if the firm does not recover compensation in your case, no payment is due. After the case is settled the firm takes a certain percentage of the claim, which could vary depending upon the type of case.
How much compensation can I expect in my personal injury case?
Each case is unique in degree of injury and other damages. With a review of the details of your case, you can be advised what you could expect as a settlement in the case, and what type of claims could be made on your behalf. These can vary widely, and can include all medical bills, rehabilitation, reconstructive surgeries, medical equipment, ongoing nursing care, loss of wages, future wage loss, pain and suffering and many other types of claims, depending on the case and the injuries suffered by the victim.
How long will it take to get a settlement in a personal injury case?
The procedure in these cases usually starts with the attorney from the Law Offices of David R. Silva contacting the insurance company to attempt to get an agreement without filing suit. In many cases, this occurs and a fair settlement is determined. However, when the insurance company denies or tries to reduce a valid claim, it becomes necessary to file a suit. It is difficult to determine how long before the claim is paid, as each case is different and the response of the insurance company may vary. You can be assured that the legal team from the Law Offices of David R. Silva will make every effort to move the case forward and will keep you informed of the progress of the case.
What can the Law Offices of David R. Silva assist me with?
The legal team is prepared to assist clients with any of the following types of personal injury cases:
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