Managing your daily life after a serious injury compounds stress. Getting the answers you need and the maximum compensation you deserve shouldn’t be difficult. But insurance companies always put up high barriers to full and fair compensation, and they end up making things difficult for you just to protect their bottom line.
This is where the lawyers at Flesch & Beck Law come in. Our team brings over 20 years of Colorado trial lawyer experience to your case. We want you to have the answers you need during this tough time in your life, so we have created this FAQ section and stand ready to answer any other questions that you have about injury law.
- How much does it cost to hire an injury lawyer?
- Do I really need to hire a lawyer when I’m injured?
- How much money can I expect to receive for my injury case?
- Who will pay for my medical bills?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an accident?
- How do I deal with insurance companies and their settlement offers?
- If I’m partly at fault for the accident, can I still get money for my injuries?
How much does it cost to hire an injury lawyer?
Many people mistakenly believe that they can’t afford to hire a personal injury attorney following an accident, especially if they already have to worry about paying significant medical bills. Fortunately, however, the attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning we can help you seek the compensation you deserve regardless of your bank account balance.
A contingency fee arrangement is a billing method in which your personal injury lawyer does not collect any attorney fees unless he or she obtains you a recovery – at which point your lawyer will be entitled to a percentage of your award.
Most importantly, you do not have to pay attorney fees under a contingency fee arrangement if you lose your case. Conversely, when a law firm charges by the hour or a flat fee, you will have to pay whether you win or lose.
You may not have the money to pay a lawyer upfront, so a contingency fee arrangement ensures you can access the legal help you need after an injury.
Since our lawyers get paid only if we win, we have an incentive to work as efficiently as possible to obtain you the best recovery available. After all, the more we win for you, the more we get paid.
Why should I hire an attorney after an accident?
An attorney will handle the hassle and paperwork for you. The most important thing after an injury should be your health. But if you’re trying to file court papers, collect medical records, correspond with insurance companies and conduct all of the other business that comes along with recovering compensation for your injury, you’re focusing on many other things.
Injury claims are complicated. Compensation is needed to pay for your medical bills and other expenses associated with your injury, you don’t want to chance that you are missing any details. We will make sure your claim is properly valued.
Try this: Write down how much you think your case is worth. Now, look very closely at that number, and think about this question – how did I arrive at that number? Was it based on a feeling? Does it “just seem right or fair?” Did you do some online research about cases, and this seems to fit with those numbers?
Even though you pay insurance premiums to your insurance carrier, helping you is not its main priority. Protecting its bottom line and making its shareholders/owners happy is. How does an insurance company do that? It offers you just enough compensation to make you think you’re getting a good deal, gets you to sign a release form so that you can’t seek more compensation, and then it pays you the lower amount so that your claim goes away for less than it’s worth.
Now, think about an attorney you have hired. Who was his or her loyalty to in your case? You, and only you. Your attorney’s job is to make sure that your interests are protected and that you receive the full amount of compensation you need to be made whole after an injury.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The value of each case varies. Many variables can affect whether you have a claim and can decrease or increase the amount you receive.
Some of these variables include type and severity of your injury, your preexisting medical conditions, the treatments you received or will need, your ongoing care costs and how likely you are to recover. Additionally, the value of your claim is affected by how the injury affects your ability to work or do your job, the psychological impact the injury has had on you and the damage to your property. Fault and negligence can impact the value of your claim, as can the impact the injury has had on your family. The only way to get an accurate estimate of your case’s value is to talk to an attorney. That’s true for not just our firm, but for any law firm handling injury cases.
Further complicating this issue is the fact that insurance companies take varied approaches to defending against injury cases, and juries in different courthouses may be more or less sympathetic to an injured person’s situation. When you reach out to us, we will tell you how likely you are to succeed and what to expect throughout the process. We will also advise you on how to deal with the insurance companies and how best to maximize your compensation.
After checking out the answers provided in this section, call Flesch & Beck Law at (303) 806-8886 when you are ready to get a free consultation and speak with one of our lawyers. We are available by phone 24/7, and we look forward to speaking with you whether in person or by phone.