Personal Injury Questions
Dallas Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorneys of David Kohm answer most common questions surrounding Personal Injury Law.
Our Arlington, TX personal injury lawyers have responded to many questions over the years about personal injury law and we understand the need to provide our clients and potential clients what we feel are the most common questions asked in regards to personal Injury. We know there are a lot of questions and we hope you will take the time to ask us for help on all of your injury issues.
Q. What does a personal injury entail?
A. Someone who has suffered a personal injury from a legal sense has been injured physically, mentally, or emotionally. It’s not your property that has sustained an injury it’s YOU that has sustained an injury. Personal injury is usually caused by the negligence or improper act of another party who you’ve come into contact with.
Q. What types of personal injury claims are filed?
A. The most common types of claims filed are those involving slip and fall accidents, defective product injuries, hazardous conditions on commercial or private property, auto accidents, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. There are others but this gives you a general idea.
Q: What does “pain and suffering mean?
A: Pain and suffering simply means that you have both physical injuries along with mental distress as a result of the accident. Very often our Personal Injury lawyers will file “pain and suffering” as part of the overall case being presented to the insurance companies or Court.
Q. I think I’ve suffered a personal injury, do I have the right to claim for damages?
A. You won’t really know the answer until you meet with competent legal counsel to discuss your case. Contact a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your injuries and subsequent options for pursuing a legal remedy.
Q: Is there a limit as to the amount I can claim in my personal injury settlement?
A: If we are litigating your case before a jury in Court, there is no minimum or maximum settlement. If we’re dealing with an insurance company, then there are limits to recovery as set out in the negligent party’s insurance policy. If the policy pays $10,000 you won’t get anymore, but rest assured the insurance adjuster will try to pay you less.
Q. I'm on a fixed budget, will I be required to pay a retainer to my personal injury attorney?
A. A majority of personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. We don’t get paid unless we win the case. So if we win a judgment against the other party we’ll receive a percentage of the total compensation you receive. This is why we offer a FREE consultation to determine if you have a case that is worth pursuing.
Q. How long do personal injury cases take to settle?
A. Honestly, there is no set time schedule. Each case is unique and has its own set of circumstances so the more complex, the longer your case will take. If there is a claim for substantial compensation based on the nature of injuries incurred, you can be assured the case will take longer than other personal injury cases.
Q. Should I talk to the insurance adjuster before consulting with a personal injury attorney?
A. We advise most anyone contemplating a personal injury claim to speak first with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer because there are certain things you don’t want to speak to the insurance company about unless you’ve received proper advice. Remember the insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible and settle the case as quickly as they can. Don’t be tempted to accept the first offer they give you. Take the time to get legal counsel and then move forward if you have a case.
We realize this does not cover every personal injury question you may have, so please give us a call and meet with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of David Kohm for a Free Review of your case. Take action today and call for a Free Consultation or you can complete our easy online request form. If you can't come to us, we will come to your home or hospital.