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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Personal Injury?

A personal injury is any physical or mental injury to a person as a result of someone’s negligence or harmful act. Sometimes personal injury may be referred to as bodily injury.

The following are some of the most common accidents resulting in personal injury:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Other Vehicle Accidents (Aviation, Bicycle, Boat, Motorcycle, Railroad, Truck)
  • Burn Accidents
  • Construction/Work-Related Accidents
  • Accidents Resulting from Dangerous or Defective Products
  • Dog/Animal Bites
  • Medical Malpractice (Birth Injuries, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Negligence)
  • Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
  • Slip & Fall Accidents/Premises Liability

To discuss your personal injury case, call us for a FREE consultation.

What financial compensation can I recover in a personal injury claim?

Personal injury accident victims are entitled to recover monetary damages for all losses and expenses sustained as the result of an accident. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:

  • Medical Bills and Expenses
  • Lost Income, including Overtime Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Physical Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Emotional Trauma

To discuss your personal injury case, call us for a FREE consultation.

Do I need a lawyer?

We always recommend that you discuss your claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer so that you understand all of your legal rights. You should certainly never sign anything until you consult with the lawyer. If you do sign certain documents you could lose valuable rights you otherwise may have had, including the right to financial compensation for your injuries.  Remember that the lawyer, not an insurance company, is the one hired to look after your best interests. Call attorney Steve Proudfoot today to discuss your legal rights.

How quickly should I contact a lawyer?

To be safe, you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are severe or a death has resulted. All too often, valuable evidence disappears or moves, memories fade, and the practical ability to prove your case may be affected. If you are still being treated by a physician, a lawyer can also provide you guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting proper treatment. Call Proudfoot Law Firm today for a FREE consultation.

What is my case worth?

There is no tried or proven formula to determining the value of your case. Instead, the value is based on a careful analysis of the facts, legal liability, nature and extent of injuries, as well as medical expenses, lost income, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering, physical impairment, and other damages.

Based on our proven track record and experience as well as our history of recovering millions of dollars in settlements, arbitration awards, and jury verdicts, we are able to evaluate cases and provide a range of value. Contact attorney Steve Proudfoot for a FREE consultation and review of your case.

How much will it cost to pursue my case?

There is no legal fee unless there is a recovery. Our legal fees are a percentage of the total amount we collect for you, payable only when your case is successfully concluded.

How long will it take to settle my claim?

The time it takes to settle a personal injury case depends upon the circumstances surrounding the case and the posture taken by the insurance company. The more complex the case, the longer it may take to settle. Personal injury cases usually take anywhere from six to eight months. Some cases may take longer, especially if the insurance company decides to deny your claim. If your claim goes to court, the court’s schedule will determine when your case will be heard by the judge or the jury. Call us today for a FREE consultation to review your case.

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

Every state has certain time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” which govern the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline for filing your case, your claims can be dismissed. Consequently, it is important to talk with a lawyer as soon as you receive or discover an injury.

Will I have to go to court?

Most cases don’t require a lawsuit to get a fair settlement. Even if you go to court, approximately 95 percent of the cases settle. However, if you do have to go to trial, we are prepared to try your case and get you the maximum recovery before a jury of your peers.

Do I have a case?

Each case is different. The first step, therefore, is to have you come in for a consultation, during which we will discuss all the facts, the law with regard to your case, answer your questions and tell you if you have a case. We will be honest and straightforward with you. Contact attorney Steve Proudfoot today for a FREE consultation and to review your case.