What should I do after an accident?
If you’re here on our site considering hiring a Big League lawyer, chances are you’re already injured and the immediate aftermath of the accident has already taken place. That’s ok, but it is very important you carefully consider your next steps. Following is a list of important steps you can take to preserve the integrity of your case and increase the probability of a successful claim.
Obtain medical treatment immediately. Proper treatment for your injuries is our primary concern and your health should be your main focus following an accident.
If the accident is severe enough that an ambulance was called and a trip to the hospital is advised, take it!
After seeking initial treatment for your injuries directly following your accident, call a Big League Law attorney to discuss next steps.
Do not provide a recorded statement to an insurance company. In fact, avoid speaking with an insurance representative if you have not yet discussed your case with a Big League lawyer.
Documentation of the accident as well as your injuries is very important. Be sure to obtain a police report and be careful when speaking to the police or admitting fault as these statements are likely to hurt your injury case.
Obtain photographs of the accident scene and any resulting property damage. If you were in a car accident, obtain photographs of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident.
If there were witnesses to the accident, try to obtain contact information for them.
Preserve any evidence that you believe will help your case.
Once you bring a Big League lawyer onto your team, we’ll take over all communication with the insurance companies and help coordinate your medical treatment so you can focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery.
How much is my case worth?
The facts and circumstances surrounding your personal injury case are unique and must be evaluated by an attorney that can discuss with you the factors that go into determining its value. The severity of your injury, the cost of medical bills and property loss, the amount of insurance available, as well as the percentage of fault in a given accident are all factors contributing to the value of a claim. We know that when you hire a Big League attorney, you expect the biggest possible recovery for your loss. It is our job to use the legal strategies that counter tactics used by insurance companies to minimize your loss or devalue your claim. Contact us today to discuss the value of your case.
How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
Big League Law works on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not get paid until we win your case. There are no up front costs or fees with our law firm. You can have peace of mind and focus on treating for your injuries while we work on obtaining the biggest possible recovery for your case. Our payment only comes in the form of a percentage of the settlement or verdict amount we obtain. If we don’t win for you, we don’t get paid. If no amount is rewarded on your case, you will not owe any attorney fees.
Do I really need a lawyer?
Some personal injury cases don’t necessarily require an attorney; however, even in what may seem to be the most straight forward case, negotiating one’s own recovery with an insurance company rarely results in a reasonable settlement. This is because the insurance companies interests and those of the injured are in direct opposition. It is the insurance agent’s job to use tactics to devalue your claim, minimize their payment to you, and ultimately save their company money. Hiring an attorney, especially one from Big League Law, puts the insurance company on notice that you are not interested in obtaining the minimum for your personal injury. Contact Big League Law today to discuss the pros and cons of hiring an attorney for your specific case.
Do I have a case even if I feel my injury was minor?
Yes. Even minor injuries are compensable. It is quite common for an injured person to minimize the extent of the injury immediately following an accident if the pain is not severe. The human body has a way of dealing with injury by pumping adrenaline through the body to help reduce our discomfort. It’s likely that accident victims won’t fully feel or appreciate the extent of their pain right away. In fact, the onset of back and neck aches and pains often arrives days, weeks, or even a month following an accident. Unfortunately, injuries obtained in an accident also have a tendency to last longer than most expect. If you’ve been injured in an accident, do not hesitate to contact Big League Law today to discuss your injuries and the potential of your personal injury case.
Is the information I share with Big League Law confidential?
Yes. Any information you share with this firm is protected by the attorney-client privilege and will remain confidential. Even if after consultation you decide not to retain our attorney, the protection still applies. Privileged communications are very important because we need full disclosure of all facts and circumstances surrounding your case to be discussed uninhibited by any fear of public dissemination. Your discussions with our attorney and staff are private and necessary to properly representing your personal injury claim.
What is the difference between a verdict and a settlement?
In most injury cases, a settlement demand is made to the insurance company. What follows is a series of offers, counter offers and intense negotiations made on your behalf in an attempt to recover the biggest amount without necessitating trial. When the insurance company and you agree to a settlement amount that is reasonable and fair, the case is settled. However, if you cannot agree on a fair and reasonable recovery for your injuries, we may file a lawsuit on your behalf against the at-fault party. At trial, the recovery amount will be left up to the judge or jury, which has the potential to be more or less than was offered to settle the case by the insurance company. The amount of recovery awarded at trial is called a verdict. At Big League Law, we swing big for you during settlement negotiations and are also ready to represent your interests at trial if necessary.