Personal Injury Common Questions How much can I get for my personal injury case? Your lawyer will need to gather all relevant information to determine how much your case is worth. This can take time but should not be hurried since so many injury cases can be settled out of court. Factors like the type of injury, amount of medical expenses, and extent of pain and suffering will all be considered. Can I speak to anyone about my case? It is wise to refrain from speaking about your case to friends or the public, but it is especially important to avoid talking to an insurance company, opposing attorney, or claims adjustor. If you have an attorney, you can refer anyone that is inquiring about your case to speak with them. Anything that you say can be quoted in court. How long should it take to settle my claim and do I need a lawyer to do so? It is in the insurance company's best interest to settle as cheaply as possible. Without legal advice you have no way of knowing if a claims adjuster is trying to settle for less than your claim is worth. A good personal injury lawyer will try to work quickly without a settling for a low ball offer. What kinds of documents will I need for my claim? Any documentation related to your claim should be kept. You should write down all that you remember from an accident or incident and what transpires after. You should hold on to a copy of your medical bills and record, photos of your damaged vehicle, your injuries, the scene of the accident, and the accident report. Should I go to the doctor? As long as you are experiencing pain from your injury, you should be seeing a doctor. You should obtain whatever type of treatment for your injuries that is best, which may include seeing a chiropractor or specialist. Even if you do not notice pain right away after an accident, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor to determine if there are any unnoticed injuries. What happens after I file a lawsuit? Both sides will interrogate the other to learn as much as they can about your case. A defense attorney might take a deposition of you, your doctors, and any witnesses who may be called upon later to testify. Most cases do not even make it to trial but are settled out of court. If either party is dissatisfied by the outcome of the trial they may pursue an appeal. What type of personal injury claims does your firm handle? The firm handles all types of personal injury cases, including premises liability (such as slip & fall, trip & fall, security negligence, dog bites, pool accidents, and others), as well as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other bodily injury claims. What is a contingency fee? The firm's standard personal injury claim is paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that the fee is only payable if the firm is successful in recovering compensation for you. How long will it take to handle my claim? These claims can vary widely in how long it takes to get a settlement or verdict. It depends upon the severity of the case, and the willingness of the insurance company to negotiate. The firm takes a proactive stance and pushes the insurance company to settlement, rather than sitting by and waiting to hear from them to make a move. This has proven to be very effective for a great number of the clients the firm represents in injury cases. How do I know how to choose an attorney? It is important to see if they have a good rating from a trusted source. Attorney Tonry is rated Superb by AVVO, which is the highest possible rating and he is proud to have been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the NationalTrial Lawyers Association.