Frequently Asked Questions
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ANSWERS FROM AN INJURY LAWYER IN FORT LAUDERDALE
As professional litigators who’ve committed decades to the practice of personal injury law, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys recognize that question and answers listed below might not be enough to satisfy all of your queries. We would like to stress that this page is merely an abbreviated list of a much more extensive set of questions and answers that can be found at Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. Therefore, if you still have questions after reading through the details listed above, we encourage you to contact our office today.
How do I know if I should file a claim or lawsuit?
The only way to assuredly know whether or not an accident claim or personal injury lawsuit will best serve your needs as an injury victim is by speaking with a qualified attorney. While it can be generally assumed that a claim will suffice if the insurance company is cooperative and agrees to provide you with the compensation that you rightfully deserve, there are always exceptions. Assuming that your claim is not recognized for its full value, or assuming that a particular individual / business / entity needs to be held solely responsible for the accident, your case might be better suited for the courtroom. At Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. we are willing to meet with you completely free of charge to discuss the details of your accident and strategize on the best way to move forward as you pursue compensation for your injuries.
How much will legal representation cost me?
Many victims of injury accidents are hesitant about seeking legal representation for fear of the costs that will be incurred by doing so. At our office, however, this does not need to be a worry. We recognize that you are already dealing with a lot, and as such, we tailor our services to meet your needs. That being said, clients of Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. are provided with a free consultation, as well as a complimentary online case evaluation. We work with our clients’ financial needs, and we are more than happy to discuss this in further detail upon speaking with you in person during the free consultation provided to our clients.
Is there a way to avoid going to court?
The answer to this question depends on the nature of your circumstances. In some cases, yes, it is very possible to avoid going to court. For example, if your accident claim can be settled without litigation, there will be no need for courtroom appearances and verdict results. If, however, the terms of your case cannot be settled through formal discussions such as mediation sessions, it might be necessary to take the matter to court in order to ensure that you are compensated as you deserve to be.
How long after an accident do I have to take legal action?
The Statute of Limitations dictates how long victims of an injury accident have to take legal action. Depending on the nature of the case, you could be subjected to a very different set of time constraints. For example, the statue of limitations on cases of medical malpractice is two years, whereas general cases of personal injury are given four years. That being said, it is always best to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit as soon after the accident as possible. You stand a better chance at receiving compensation when the injury is fresh and the details of the accident are firmly in the memories of victims and witnesses.
Can I still get compensation if I'm partially to blame for my accident?
Depending on the circumstances of your personal case, there may be compensation available to the victim of an accident who played a partial role in its cause. Partial responsibility for an accident does not automatically disqualify the victim from seeking compensation, especially if the victim’s fault was minor in comparison to the fault of a third party. Even if you have reason to believe that you are somewhat at fault for the injuries that were sustained in a Coral Springs accident, we encourage you to contact our firm. After reviewing the details of your case, we can advise on whether or not compensation can still be sought.
What should I tell the insurance company?
The best thing to tell the insurance company is nothing at all. Until speaking with a personal injury attorney, it is in your best interest to refrain from speaking to any insurance claim representative about your case. This is true whether the rep is calling from your own insurance provider or the provider of a third party. Unfortunately, claims adjustors are usually looking for the easiest way to get out of paying injury victims anything more than the bare minimum. As such, many of the adjustors are willing to stoop to low levels, twisting words and using statements in a false light. We suggest that you speak with a lawyer at our office before communicating any further with the insurance company about your accident.
Why You Should Contact an Accident Attorney
Looking for a lawyer for an injury case? Serious injuries such as birth injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries and other catastrophic injuries, including fatalities, can lead to medical costs that can seriously affect you and your family. When you allow our firm to help you with your claim, you can trust that we will pursue all possible damages for you.