Insurance companies often take advantage of accident victims during the vulnerable time period following a traumatic incident. Our legal team will immediately take over all communication with the insurance companies to protect your rights. This includes preserving evidence and documenting the facts of the case while they are still fresh.
We will connect you with leading medical professionals in your area to diagnose and treat your injuries. If you are unable to afford medical treatment we can facilitate treatment on a medical lien basis, which means you pay nothing up front, rather your medical bills are paid from the settlement proceeds at the conclusion of your case. After all injuries are diagnosed and treated we will be in a position to place an appropriate settlement value on your personal injury claim and begin negotiations with the insurance company.
All documentation supporting your claim will be organized into a “demand package” telling the story of your case to the at-fault insurance company. The insurance company will review these documents and respond in the form of an acceptance, a counter offer, or a rejection. Our office will communicate with you during this negotiation and you will have the final decision.
The majority of our cases settle in the pre-litigation stage, prior to filing a lawsuit. When your case settles, you will sign a settlement release that officially closes your case in exchange for the agreed amount of financial compensation. Our law firm will also negotiate with your medical providers to lower your bills and maximize the money in your pocket.
Filing A Lawsuit
If the insurance company’s offer is unreasonable, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. This process will elevate your claim and often results in higher settlement amounts. Our law firm will pay for the costs of litigating your case so you don’t have to pay out of pocket. These costs will be reimbursed from the settlement.
Discovery / Depositions
Although jury trials are rare, we prepare every case as though it will go before a jury. This requires gathering additional evidence and hiring experts who will testify in support of our case. A deposition is your opportunity to tell your story under oath. We also question the at-fault person under oath to gather crucial information we will use at mediation or trial.
Mediation / Arbitration
Prior to a jury trial, your case will likely go before a mediator who is a neutral party responsible for listening to both sides of the case and making settlement recommendations. Your case may settle at this stage if the mediator can help the insurance company realize the full value of your case. Arbitration is similar to mediation and is required when we are collecting from your own insurance company, rather than the at-fault person’s insurance company.
This is the final step in getting you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced trial lawyers will present your case to a jury of your peers who will ultimately decide the amount of financial compensation they believe is fair after hearing all the evidence.
We only work on a contingency fee, meaning that if we do not win, we do not get paid. Injury victims cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour. Our contingency fee is in line with other top-quality lawyers who handle serious personal injury matters. There are no up front costs or fees with us.
Do I even need a lawyer?
Not every personal injury case requires a lawyer. However, if you attempt to negotiate directly with an insurance company you will lack the negotiation leverage required to force a reasonable settlement. Having an attorney means there will be “teeth” behind demands for compensation. Furthermore, attempting to resolve a case on your own prior to hiring an attorney could have a negative impact on your case if you decide to hire an attorney later. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers provides a free, no-risk consultation where the pros and cons of hiring a lawyer in your specific case can be discussed.
How much is my case worth?
There is no such thing as a fixed price associated with a given injury. Each case is unique. A number of factors go into the valuation of your case, including the amount of available insurance, cost of medical bills and percentage of fault. Much of this information is unknown at the time of your injury, but as your cases progresses it is easier to estimate the value of a claim. Our goal is to gather this information as quickly as possible, while also helping you avoid the tactics used by insurance companies to devalue your claim.
Do I have to go to court?
Absolutely not. In fact, most clients want to avoid going to court. We do our very best to come to a reasonable settlement before filing a lawsuit.
What should I do after an accident?
Your health should take top priority. Seek medical treatment for your injuries as quickly as possible. This will also be important documentation of your injuries when it comes time to present your case to the insurance company. After seeking initial treatment, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers before speaking with any insurance companies. Do not give a recorded statement. Preserve any evidence you think will help your case. Our firm will take over all communication with the insurance companies and coordinate your medical treatments so you can focus on resting and recovering from your injuries.
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