Q .How do I know if I have a case?Answer:
In some situations, it is not always immediately apparent that an injury has occurred or that another person’s carelessness has caused you harm. In sexual harassment or employment discrimination cases, for example, victims often question whether their rights were actually violated at all. Although you might be inclined to second guess yourself, it is best to speak to an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about the law. Both federal and state laws are diverse, with many different elements required to bring an actionable claim. Never assume that your particular facts are without merit.
Q .How much is my case worth?Answer:
Although I always try to give my clients a general idea of potential damages, it is very hard to estimate the total value of any type of case. Numerous factors contribute to a plaintiff’s damages, including lost wages, medical costs, ongoing treatment, pain and suffering, and property damage. In certain types of cases, there are also intangible damages, such as a loss of reputation or loss of enjoyment of life. Additionally, some claims allow spouses to pursue their own separate damages. Putting a figure on these items is extraordinarily difficult. If an attorney promises you a guaranteed sum, you should seek help elsewhere.
Q .Will I have to go to court?Answer:
When most people ask this question, what they really mean is: Will I have to go to trial? Court appearances are standard in most cases, but trials are relatively rare. Our legal system encourages parties to settle their differences well before the trial stage. This conserves valuable judicial resources and saves time and money for everyone involved. In some cases, however, a trial is unavoidable. If your case gets that far, I have the experience and expertise to effectively pursue your rights.
Q .Who will pay my damages?Answer:
In most cases, the defendant’s insurance company will compensate you for any damages you receive. In many cases, the insurance company takes over the case. This is a concept called subrogation, and it refers to the insurance company effectively standing in the shoes of the defendant. It is not uncommon for cases to settle after a negligent party’s insurer determines that paying out on a claim will ultimately cost less than defending the case in court and possibly being found liable by a jury.
Q .How long do I have to file a claim?Answer:
This is an important question many individuals ask far too late. Because state and federal laws impose time limits on filing claims, it is imperative to speak to an attorney as soon as you think you have a case. These time limits are called “statutes of limitation” and failing to file before they expire will forever bar you from bringing a claim. Depending on the type of case involved, statutes of limitations can range anywhere from six months to several years.
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