Do I really need a lawyer?
Insurance companies are just that; companies. Their objective is to make money. They do not make money by being fair, or giving people what they are entitled to. They make money by denying claims, settling for less than victims deserve, and having attorneys on their side who know more about the law than you.
If you want to make sure that your best interests are being served, an attorney is the best avenue. Navigating the, potentially dangerous, waters of the legal system is what the attorneys of Rooney & Rooney, P.A. do.
The other party is from another state.
It is not uncommon in the state of FL to have an accident with a driver who is not a resident of our Sunshine State. No matter where the other driver is from though, do not feel as though your case is lost. There are a multitude of options when it comes to filing suit, but only an attorney can advise you as to which option would be best for your particular set of circumstances.
Do I have a case?
There are some people in your life who might try to encourage you to take action, and there are others who will try to convince you that there is nothing to be done for your situation. The truth of the matter though is that each case is unique. Only the eye of an attorney can determine if you have a case, and if it is financially beneficial for you to pursue.
How much will it cost me?
Auto accident cases are generally taken on a contingency fee arrangement. This means that if there is no recovery by settlement or judgment after a trial, you owe no fees or costs. Fees and costs only come out of the money you are offered by the insurance company. It will be a percentage fee only.
(For an understanding of how contingency cases work see ‘The Truth About “No Fees” and “Guarantees” ’. )
How much is my case worth?
There are times when a person’s injuries or losses in an accident are so great that significant compensation is justified. There are other times, when damages are not necessarily appropriate. There is no way to place an exact price on your case, but there are experienced attorneys who will be able to tell you the truth about your chances of recouping your losses. With every case being different though, there is no way to make a determination without first speaking to an attorney.
How long will the case take?
The answer to this question is difficult. The other side might choose to settle, or go to trial. They may wish to handle things quickly, or drag things out. The attorney you select should try to move the case along as quickly as possible, but not rush matters that might harm you chance to make a full recovery.
Who is responsible for my medical bills?
Ultimately, you are responsible for your medical bills, but your attorney can help you meet your lawful obligations. There are times when a judgment is awarded because of your medical bills incurred, but you are still the party responsible for your own bills.
What about my lost wages?
Not all accident claims would cover lost wages. The details of your case might not warrant a judgment in your favor in regards to lost wages. An attorney would be able to advise you in this area, after examining the details of your case, which is why seeing an attorney soon after an accident is best.
How long should I wait before calling an attorney?
With new PIP no fault regulations, you only have a short amount of time to seek treatment for injuries, and speak to an attorney; so you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible, after seeking medical attention for your injuries.
How do I choose an attorney?
Choosing an attorney is a personal and important undertaking. You should feel comfortable with the attorney, and their staff. You should feel comfortable with their experience, and above all know you should feel and know that they are on your side. Ask questions, let the attorney know what your expectations are, and visit their website. Here is ours Rooney & Rooney, P.A.