Car Accident FAQ

Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions

There are many important questions that need to be answered after you’ve been in a car accident. Some relate to property damage or filing an insurance claim, while others can involve paying for medical treatment or covering the costs associated with missed work.

The below questions are some of the most common ones asked by our clients. Please feel free to bookmark this page and visit often as it is updated regularly.

Do I need a car accident lawyer?

Simply stated, it will depend on the seriousness of your wreck. While you are not required to hire a lawyer to represent your interests, it’s important to understand that handling your own case will require you to navigate a very complicated system. In most cases, you will be up against a large insurance company with a massive amount of resources dedicated to paying you as little as possible for your financial losses.

How are lawyers who specialize in auto accidents paid?

Almost all personal injury attorneys work on contingency. This means that their clients don’t pay any fees to their attorneys 1.) unless the case is resolved to their client’s satisfaction, and 2.) the fee is paid out of the amount recovered. Therefore, if you are worried about coming out-of-pocket to pay your attorney, don’t be.

What can I be compensated for as a result of my car crash?

Generally, claimants can recover all expenses and costs incurred as a result of the accident. This usually means lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Won’t my insurance company do what’s best for me?

In theory, your insurance company should be working very hard to protect your interests and maximize your recovery. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. The reason is because the less insurance companies pay out, the more profitable they are. And in many cases, you will be looking to your own insurance company for compensation (e.g. when the other driver does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance to cover your damages).

How do I pick the best lawyer for me?

This is not easy because for most people they have never hired a personal injury attorney before. And it’s certainly a very personal decision. However, we recommend that you hire an attorney you feel comfortable with. Experience and past results are two other factors worth looking at, as they often indicate a law firm’s ability to take a case as far as necessary for a fair result. We have found that viewing our video at https://www.robertnkatz.com/video.html , which includes information about a past client, is helpful for individuals and families who are considering hiring our law firm.

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