- Can I really speak to an attorney for free about my car wreck?
Yes, it costs you nothing to talk to a lawyer for free about your case. At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we receive calls 24/7 about car accidents. We are happy to talk with you for free about your potential case. If you prefer, we can also set up a time to meet with you in person to answer all of your questions and this consultation is always free.
- If I hire a personal injury lawyer, how much will I pay?
Most attorneys who practice personal injury law in Hickory, NC agree to only charge a fee if they are successful in resolving your case. These type of fee agreements are called contingency fee agreements. That is, any attorney fees are contingent upon our firm recovering money for you.
- What information should I bring to my free consultation or have available during our phone call?
Typically, after a car accident you might receive an exchange slip which contains the other driver’s name, the name of their insurance company, and a policy number. This exchange slip will also contain the report number which will be important in retrieving a copy of the accident report in the days following the wreck.
You might have also taken photographs of the scene, of your vehicle, of the other vehicle(s) involved, and of your injuries. Your car accident attorney will want to have all of these photos because like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Photos can really help assist your attorney in obtaining maximum value for your case. While our goal is to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible, there will be times when an insurance company will not agree to a fair value and photos can be really helpful to a jury when it comes time to award damages in a car accident case.
You should also have your own insurance information because you may have benefits available to you and your passengers under your own policy. Your Hickory NC Car Accident Lawyer will want to recover all monies to which you are entitled and your lawyer will know how to identify additional sources of recovery for you with this information.
When you leave the hospital, you will receive some discharge instructions and information about your visit to the emergency department. These records can be very helpful to your car accident attorney as they will want to begin requesting records from any health care provider that you see for the injuries sustained in the car wreck.
- What are some important questions to ask my lawyer during the free consultation?
Your lawyer will want to understand how your injuries have impacted your life and your ability to perform normal work and recreational activities following a wreck. As you discuss how the car wreck has affected you physically, ask the lawyer about their experience in handling personal injury cases and injuries similar to yours. At the Law Offices of Jason Taylor, our attorneys have many years of experience and we are not afraid to go to court if that is what is required to get fair compensation for your injuries. We are always happy to talk about our experience because it gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to helping the injured.
If your car accident just happened, you may not be thinking about time constraints on being able to pursue a claim. However, it is always a good idea to ask your lawyer during the free consultation about how much time you have to bring a claim for your injuries. Our experienced lawyers are very familiar with the various statutes of limitations which can apply to a claim and will be ready to discuss this with you during your free consultation.
Another important question that you might ask relates to what you can expect the process to look like and the timeframe for when to expect certain things to happen. Our experienced lawyers will be happy to discuss our process for handling your injury case. We love helping people and we always want you to know what we are doing to move your case forward.
- How do I discuss the attorney’s experience with my type of case?
The free consultation is a time for you to talk with the lawyer about their experience in handling cases like yours. It is very important to be comfortable with your choice of lawyers, so don’t be afraid to ask them about their experience, education, and time spent in the courtroom.
- Will my lawyer be available to me after the free consultation?
Yes. Your lawyer will always be happy to speak with you directly. A source of pride within our firm is that we hire amazing people to work as a team to accomplish the goal of moving your case along quickly, efficiently, and with an emphasis on keeping open lines of communication at all levels. You will be assigned both an attorney and a professional case manager who will always know the latest information on your case. However, because we communicate so well as a team, any person you reach at the Law Offices of Jason Taylor will be able to assist you when you need help with your Hickory, NC car accident question.
- Will the attorney be able to tell me the value of my case during the free consultation?
No. If an attorney tries to give you a valuation of your case without reviewing the records and all the relevant information about your injuries and how they impacted you, then that might not be the lawyer for you. Instead, an experienced lawyer knows that your case deserves a full and complete review to properly assess the true value. You hire a lawyer to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for all of your injuries and damages. In our opinion, we would not be doing our job properly if we tried to assign some arbitrary value to your claim during an initial consultation without fully knowing all about your case, your injuries, and how the records support your claim.
- Will we be able to talk about the property damage to my car and a rental vehicle?
Yes. The damage to your car and the issues of obtaining a rental vehicle are often some of the first issues that need to be addressed so that you can be back up and running as soon as possible. Take time during your free consultation to discuss your damaged vehicle with your attorney.
- When will I receive money for my injuries?
When you have been in a car accident in Hickory NC, you may wonder when to expect your case to be resolved. Much of the timing depends on your injuries and how long they take to heal. We would not typically want to resolve your case without fully knowing what it takes for you to get completely better.
Once you have been released from your doctor’s care, then that is the appropriate time to work toward resolution with an insurance company. Our team of professionals and lawyers are skilled at making sure we have all of the records, bills, photos, and other documents that we will need to successfully negotiate a fair settlement for you. Our lawyers are experienced litigators and negotiators. We know the difference between a fair offer and a low-ball offer from an insurance company.
Once we have an offer, we will present it to you with our thoughts about whether or not it is fair in light of your specific situation. If accepted, then your money is usually available in a matter of days after your approval and signature on any release documents. The bank will require the funds to clear the bank before they can be disbursed, but this usually happens pretty fast and we have incredible people as part of our team who monitor and make sure you receive your money at the earliest opportunity.
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