Over the past thirty years, we’ve litigated hundreds of cases, and what follows are the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers.


 

What is a personal injury?

A personal injury is typically a physical injury to a person's body, caused by someone else's fault.

In many cases, personal injuries that are caused by someone else's qualifies for monetary (money) compensation.

Who pays for the monetary compensation resulting from a personal injury?

This compensation usually comes from the at-fault person’s insurance policy. Someone who makes a personal injury claim is called a plaintiff. The person or company that harmed the plaintiff is called a defendant.

An easy way to remember this is the plaintiff files a lawsuit. The defendant defends.

 


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What is considered a severe personal injury?

Severe personal injuries have long-term effects ranging from loss of mobility to chronic pain.


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What is a serious personal injury?

Any personal injury that disrupts your life, whether it costs you money, saddles you with medical debt, or causes you lasting health isuses. 

 


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How much can you sue for personal injury?

The question you're actually trying to figure out is what your personal injuries are worth.

This can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. 

The amount you ask for in a personal injury lawsuit needs to be realistic, based on the facts of your case. Asking for too little is rarely a good idea, however, asking for too much can actually harm your case. 

The key is to fully evaluate every little bit of your case before putting a dollar amount on it.

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What are the types of damages?

There are six common categories of personal injury damages:

  • Past medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of function of the body and mind - past and future
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering - past and future

 


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Is Pain and Suffering a Personal Injury?

Yes. It is a type of damage that can result from your personal injuries.

 


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What is a fair settlement for Pain and Suffering?

Each case is different. Pain and suffering will depend on the extent of your injuries and how those injuries have changed your life.


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What counts as Pain and Suffering?

Physical and emotional injuries cause a variety of consequences. Pain and suffering is a term for the effects you have to deal with after an injury.


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How much can you claim for emotional distress?

An expert in personal injury can help you figure out how much money your emotional distress is worth.

It is a subcategory of mental pain and suffering damages.

 


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Does personal injury include emotional distress?

Yes. Mental pain and suffering includes emotional distress as part of the damages category for personal injury.

 

 


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What is the value of Pain and Suffering?

There isn't an easy answer for this. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer near you can begin to make an accurate analysis for this.

 


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How do you prove emotional pain and suffering?

Medical evidence combined with testimony from friends and family, along with changes in your life are good starting points for proving emotional pain and suffering.

 


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How much compensation can you get for emotional distress?

Emotional distress is a subcategory of pain and suffering damages. Pain and suffering is one of six common damage categories for personal injuries. There isn't a simple formula or rule to determine compensation for emotional distress. An experienced personal injury lawyer near you can help.

 


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What kind of damages are emotional distress?

Emotional distress is a type of pain and suffering damages.

This type of damage is part of many personal injuries.

 


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Does it matter how much insurance I have on my bike/vehicle?

Yes. Other drivers on the road may not carry insurance, or the insurance coverage they have may not fully cover any damages you suffer. To protect yourself, uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) insurance policies are key. While we do not advocate for insurance companies whatsoever, these forms of insurance may prove critical to you when recovering damages sustained in a serious accident.

 


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How much can you get for personal injury claims?

Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer today, there are too many variables to give a concise answer with any degree of accuracy.

 


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What should I do after a motorcycle accident?

First and foremost, you should move to a safe location immediately to prevent any further injury or property damage. Once you have properly evaluated your injuries and called emergency services (as needed), you should obtain insurance information from the other driver, including the details of their vehicle. Lastly, if possible, take photo’s of the accident, including both vehicles, and all injuries you suffered.


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Why do I need an attorney?

For the same reason you hire an expert/professional to handle anything. You hire us because this is what we do, every day of the year. This is what we are experts in. A qualified attorney is crucial to ensuring you pursue your claim in the most effective way possible, and to ensure no mistakes are made.

 


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How much will I have to pay in attorney’s fees?

We accept cases involving motorcycle injury on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no fees associated with our representation unless we successfully help you recover damages for your accident. In other words, we don’t make money until you do. There are no upfront fees to retain our legal services for personal injury or wrongful death matters.


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What is a statute of limitations?

The statute of limitations imposes a strict boundary on the amount of time available to injury victims in which they can file suit. Most injury claims must be filed within 2 years of the accident’s occurrence.


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I was injured in a motorcycle accident. What am I entitled to receive compensation for?

Typically speaking, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, vehicle repair costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other issues as they arise.


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Who is liable for the damages I suffered in my motorcycle accident?

Liability will depend on the circumstances, but typically if the other driver was responsible, they will be liable for the damages.


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How long will it take to reach a settlement?

There is no one size fits all prediction for how long it may take to reach a settlement. Some cases take as little as a few weeks, while others can take several months to a year. It will depend upon your situation.


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How much do personal injury cases settle for?

It depends on a long list of variables, all of which you will want an experienced personal injury attorney to help you with.

 


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How much do insurance companies pay for pain and suffering?

There isn't a common answer to this question as each case is different. Talk to an experienced lawyer near you today for help.


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How do I maximize my personal injury settlement?

There are a few easy steps you can take if it was a motor vehicle crash:

  • Make sure the police are called after your crash so that they investigate and file a report.
  • Take video and pictures of the scene of the crash as soon as possible.
  • Request your medical bills and records be given to you from every place that you receive treatment.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer near you as soon as possible after your crash.
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What is the value of my personal injury claim?

This will change depending on the circumstances of the case. Contact an experience personal injury attorney near you today.

 


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What is a good settlement offer?

A good settlement offer will compensate you for ALL of your losses across every category of damage.

 


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Should I accept the first offer of compensation?

Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney first, the answer is probably no.


 


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How do I get money from a bodily injury claim?

Begin by making a claim with the insurance company, then call an experience personal injury lawyer near you for guidance.


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What happens if you refuse a settlement offer?

If you refuse a settlement offer, the defendant no longer has to keep the offer open should want it back in the future.

 

 


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How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

Typically one to three years, although it can settle in the first few weeks.

 


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It is worth hiring a personal injury attorney?

Nearly always "yes". Most personal injury offer a free case evaluation, and they'll let you know if they can help.

 


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Who is the best personal injury lawyer near me?

The most competent, responsive, and compatable experienced personal injury attorney is who you want for your case.

 


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Are you liable if someone falls on your property?

Sometimes. You may be liable if there is a dangerous condition on your property and you never warned anyone.

 


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