Personal Injury Lawyer FAQBy Stewart J. Guss on May 3rd, 2018
Many people haven’t experienced serious accidents—and we hope it stays that way! However, without this experience, most people aren’t quite sure how the personal injury legal process works—including the role a personal injury attorney plays.
Many myths about personal injury lawyers persist, such as that they are “ambulance chasers” or will try to take all of your money. These are, in fact, myths, often perpetuated by big corporations (and their insurance companies) that would rather save money by cutting corners—then avoid paying for the damage and injuries they caused—than just behaving responsibly in the first place!
You can easily find personal injury lawyers you can trust and who have your best interests in mind—especially at the law firm of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law. We’ve been helping clients with personal injury claims for more than 20 years, and we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to evaluate your claim. There is no obligation, and you only pay us if we win, so call us right now at 1-800-898-4877 or to discuss your case for free.
The following are straight answers to some of the most common questions we hear about personal injury lawyers. If you have other questions about your specific situation, please don’t hesitate to call the Law Offices of Stewart J. Guss for a free consultation.
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Personal injury attorneys handle a wide range of cases that involve injuries caused by other people. If someone else causes your injury, the law gives you the right to seek payment from them for your injury-related losses.
Getting paid is not a simple process, however, and many people seek the help of a personal injury attorney after an accident. You or a loved one should consult with a personal injury lawyer if you’ve experienced:
Always evaluate whether you have a possible claim after any type of accident and injury with a personal injury lawyer.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
When you think of a lawyer, you may first think of someone arguing loudly in a packed courtroom. However, personal injury lawyers do so much more than go to trial. The financial recovery process has many steps, and the right lawyer can:
- Listen to what happened and advise you of your legal rights under the law
- Conduct investigations to determine who was liable for your accident and gather evidence to support your claims
- Advise you as to the best course of action to seek compensation
- Determine how much your claim is worth
- Help arrange for you to get the medical care you need to recover from your injuries
- File an insurance claim with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Handle every step of the insurance process to get a fair settlement
- If you can’t reach an insurance settlement, file a personal injury lawsuit
- Handle every step of the litigation process
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
Represent clients at a jury trial, if necessary
Insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented accident victims. They use many tactics to get you to accept a settlement that is much less than you deserve. If you do that, you will lose the right to come back and ask for more compensation once you realize the settlement was too low and won’t cover all of your accident-related expenses. Don’t wait until it’s too late—call an attorney at the law firm of Stewart J. Guss today to find out all of the ways a personal injury lawyer can help you.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Too many injured people don’t call a lawyer because they think they can’t afford one. People regularly hear that lawyers charge hefty hourly fees—even hundreds of dollars an hour. While that may be true for certain types of lawyers, it isn’t true for personal injury lawyers.
Instead, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients don’t pay anything out of their own pockets and attorneys only receive payments if the client successfully recovers compensation. Then the lawyer is paid a percentage of the settlement or award. The following are true about Stewart J. Guss’s contingency fee agreements:
- Your initial consultation with us is always absolutely free, with no obligations
- The law firm will front all of the costs of an investigation, insurance claim, or litigation—and will recovery repayment from the settlement ONLY if we successfully make a recovery
- If you agree to a settlement, a certain percentage will go to the attorney as the fee
- You will never pay anything out of pocket to the attorney
- We will work to negotiate reductions on medical bills or health insurance subrogations so as to maximize your “net” recovery
Your lawyer will discuss the details of your contingency fee arrangement before you ever sign an agreement. We want you to fully understand how we are paid and what percentage of your settlement will cover our fees.
With a contingency fee agreement, the truth is that ANYONE can afford a personal injury attorney—and you lose nothing by calling an attorney to discuss your options.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You may think you incurred such minor injuries that you needn’t bother with a legal case. Or maybe you think that dealing with a lawyer is too much of a hassle—after all, you’re already dealing with doctors and medical treatments for your injuries, and you don’t have time for much else. However, you have nothing to lose by calling a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
If you’re wondering whether you should call a lawyer, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did you suffer an injury?
- Do you think someone else may have caused it?
- Did you incur ANY medical bills—even a few?
- Did you lose income from missing any work?
These questions are a good place to start, but the best way to know whether you need a lawyer is to ask one. Our attorneys will discuss what happened to you and let you know if we think you have a case that needs legal assistance.
Do Not Hesitate to Call for a Free Consultation With Our Nationwide Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Once you’ve decided to call a personal injury attorney, you need to find the right one for you. You want a law firm with experience, skill, and results. You need a lawyer who will protect your rights even against large corporations and insurance companies.
The nationally recognized lawyers and legal professionals of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, with principal offices in Houston, Texas, have spent 20 years helping victims protect and preserve their rights after any type of accident and injuries. For a free consultation, please call us right now at 1-800-898-4877. Remember, there is no charge for the consultation, and we charge no fee unless we win your case.
If you sustained personal injuries in a car or truck accident or any other type of accident, call our office right now to schedule a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. To schedule your case evaluation, call us today at 1-800-898-4877 or contact us now by clicking HERE.