PERSONAL INJURY FAQS
How do I know if I have a case?
So why don’t I just try to settle the case myself and then, failing that, hire a lawyer?
I already tried to settle my case and failed, will you still speak with me about it?
I already have a lawyer, but I want a new one, will you still speak with me about the case?
My lawyer seems to be doing a reasonably good job, but I would like a second opinion, will you speak with me?
What should I bring along to my first meeting at your office?
- Anything you got from the police officer.
- Anything you got from any medical provider (like prescription sheets or discharge papers).
- Any bill you’ve received from any medical provider.
- Any photos in your possession of your vehicle or the other vehicle.
- Any photos you took of your own injuries.
- A copy of your own auto insurance policy.
- A copy of your driver’s license.
- A copy of your health insurance policy.
- A copy of your health insurance card.
- Any notes you took at the scene and anything that the other party gave you.
- Any correspondence you’ve received from any insurance company following the accident.
The truth is that most cases don’t go to court, but good lawyers treat each case like it could end up in court. In any event it is always your decision whether to actually file suit or settle. We’ll advise you and you’ll decide. So if you don’t want to go to court that is okay. However, in a limited number of cases there is no chance that the case will settle. If we can see that your case will go to court for sure we’ll let you know. If you want us to handle it and we want to handle it, we’ll try to make sure in advance that you are ready to stay in for the long haul. The last thing we want to do is send the insurer a demand and then walk away if they deny the claim or make a bad offer. Developing a reputation with the insurance companies for bluffing will hurt our chances of helping our other clients.
No. Although there is administrative assistance in the office, only an attorney will handle your case.
Generally a child’s guardian brings claims for them. Usually the guardian is a parent or relative. Bringing a claim for an adult is more complicated. Generally you need a special type of guardianship agreement to get representation for an adult.
Once you are done treating we’ll know better what your case is worth. Until you are done treating, unless you have reached maximum medical improvement, we can’t know. We’ll consider the force of the impact in car accident cases, the presence of broken bones, scars, burns and permanent conditions. We’ll consider whether you want to go to court or are anxious to avoid it. We’ll consider the court you will likely be in. We’ll consider any future treatment you may need. We’ll consider how well your doctor has explained your condition and your difficulties. We’ll consider whether the driver that hit you was drunk. We’ll consider your medical history. Then, we’ll sit down with you and tell you what we think. You can be as involved, or uninvolved, as you like.
How long does it take to settle a personal injury case?
I think my case is pretty small. Do you still want to talk with me about it?
Sure. We always say that there is only one requirement to hire us: you must really, truly be hurt. If you got hurt we’ll speak with you. If your injury is so minor that we cannot really add value to your case we’ll let you know. In any event, there is no fee for a consultation, so you really have nothing to lose by speaking with us.
First of all, we never charge personal injury victims for first consultations with our attorneys. Every initial visit is completely free, regardless of whether or not you decide to hire our firm, and there is never any obligation to hire us following that initial consultation.
Generally, our fee is one-third of the total recovery, although there are circumstances where either higher or lower contingency fees might be appropriate. Also, the law requires you to reimburse us for out-of pocket expenses. Whatever the amount, it will be explained to you in clear, concise terms before you hire our firm and you can be sure that only an experienced attorney will be making the decisions that ultimately lead to the conclusion of your case.
I’ve heard about contributory negligence. Does it affect my case?
I have medical payments coverage on my own policy (or Personal Injury Protection “PIP”). I also have health insurance. Should I use my own coverage, or should I wait for the other person’s insurance to pay me for the accident?
Will I have to pay my medpay, PIP or health insurance carrier back?
It depends on the contractual relationship you have with the carrier. An attorney can determine that relationship but it takes a reading of the contract and an understanding of state and federal law to do it right. The possibility of a claim by your health insurer for repayment is another reason you should consider not handling your case alone. What would happen if you settled your case for $20,000 and then got a notice in the mail from the health insurer asking for $25,000?
It depends, but it is important to ask because we may be able to point you to other forms and sources of coverage that you will never learn about on your own. Don’t rely on the adjuster to tell you. Sometimes the most important and satisfying work we do is in situations where it initially appears that there is limited coverage.
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D. Michael Mullori Jr.:
- Cares About You
- Has Lots of Trial Experience
- Wants to Dedicate His Time to Your Case
- Is a Local Woodbridge Resident