Denver Accident Lawyers
Protecting Accident Victims & Their Families
Top 10 Questions Our Clients Ask
1. How much is my case worth?
No responsible accident lawyer will be able to tell you up front what your case is worth. If you have spoken with a personal injury lawyer who is giving you a figure before he has had a chance to thoroughly evaluate your claim, you should be concerned that this value is not accurate.
The value of your case depends on your medical injuries, your recovery, any economic losses incurred and the continuing effects that the accident will have on you future life. These factors need to be carefully evaluated and developed before the potential value of a case can be given.
2. Do I really need a Lawyer on my case?
Studies by the insurance industry have shown that accident victims who have an experienced accident attorney on their claim receive considerably more than those who are not represented by attorneys, even after paying their attorney’s fees. On more serious claims, experienced personal injury lawyers often secure exponentially larger settlements for their clients. Basically, not hiring an attorney can cost you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases.
3. Should I talk to the Insurance Company?
Unless you have extensive experience in working with insurance claims, you should NEVER speak with a representative of the other person’s insurance company until you have had a chance to speak with an experienced accident attorney. Under no circumstances should you sign any documents from the other insurance company before speaking to a lawyer. Anything that you say now can be used against you later to reduce the value of your claim.
4. When should I hire a lawyer?
I recommend that you get a personal injury attorney working on your behalf as soon after an accident as possible. The sooner a lawyer is involved in your case, the better prepared your case will be for settlement. Problems can be either avoided or addressed early on by an experienced accident lawyer and this will increase the eventual value of your case. Remember that you will pay the same amount for an attorney regardless of whether they work on your case for one week or one year. Doesn’t it make more sense to have your lawyer working more on your case rather than less?
5. Which lawyer should I hire?
There are many good accident lawyers in Colorado – and many bad ones. Asking pointed questions of any potential personal injury attorney will help you decide which one is right for you.
Specifically, you should ask questions such as:
- How many years of experience do you have in representing accident victims?
- How do you keep yourself informed of any changes in this area of the law?
- Will I work directly with you or primarily with paralegals and assistants?
- How many cases do you handle at any given time?
- Will I have to pay you even if you do not recover a settlement or judgment for me?
6. Who will pay for my medical care when I have been injured?
In most cases, your medical bills will be paid by your auto or health insurance company. However, these companies have the right to be repaid for these payments out of the proceeds of your settlement. If you did not have any insurance coverage for your medical expenses; the Denver accident lawyers at The Law Firm of Crawford Weiss can help you find doctors who will accept payment for their services once you settle your claim.
7. The insurance company is already offering to settle my claim. Should I accept their offer?
In most cases, you should not consider settling any claims until your doctors have released you from their care, at the very earliest. Unfortunately, one of the many tricks insurance companies use to settle claims is to offer to settle for a few hundred or a thousand dollars before the injured party has found out just how hurt they are. We have heard dozens of stories of people who need surgery or have to quit their job after they settled for pennies on the dollar. This is just one of the reasons why insurance companies are so profitable today.
8. Aren’t trial Lawyers bad for our economy or legal system?
Absolutely not. Trial attorneys protect the rights of the individual against the corporate interests that have the money and resources to put up the maximum fight to pay as little money as possible to the people they, or their insureds, harm.
The insurance industry spends millions in public relations campaigns and lobbying to make people believe that the legal system is out of control. For example, everyone has heard of the millions awarded to the lady who spilled McDonald’s coffee on her lap because the insurance industry had a public relations team out in force after the verdict.
However, when this lady’s judgment (awarded by a jury of 12 people who heard every aspect of her case and McDonald’s defenses) was reduced to less than $600,000.00, it never made the papers. Keep in mind that for every case like the McDonald’s verdict, there are thousands where people like you receive far less than they are entitled to from the insurance companies.
For proof of this, consider that 2005 was the most profitable year in history for property and casualty insurance companies and this was after Hurricane Katrina.
9. How much will I have to pay a lawyer?
Most accident lawyers are willing to work on a contingency basis, which means that they will not get paid until and unless they get a settlement or judgment on your behalf. The Denver accident lawyers at The Law Firm of Crawford Weiss, LLC charges a 33.3% contingency fee at the end of your case in addition to any costs and expenses advanced by the firm in preparing your case for settlement. Please note that under Colorado law, costs and expenses are the client’s responsibility, regardless of whether a settlement or judgment is reached.
10. Will my case have to go to trial?
Most cases are settled without having to go through a trial. However, some cases do require going to a jury trial in order to ensure that your case receives it’s full value. Generally, those cases which involve larger amounts of damages or in which it is not clear who is responsible for the accident have a higher chance of having to enter litigation, at the very least.