10 Common Questions About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Answers To Important Questions About Personal Injury Claims
The personal injury attorneys at Halvorsen Klote, based in St. Louis, Missouri, understand that when an injured person is looking to file a lawsuit they have a lot of questions. Here are the top 10 questions we get asked most frequently.
1. What is the fee for my case?
We represent you on a contingency fee basis. You do not need to worry about paying us up front for anything, including the initial consultation. We are paid a percentage of the recovery you receive. Therefore, you do not owe us anything unless we win your case.
2. Are there costs involved in handling my case?
Yes. Some costs in your case may include filing fees, deposition fees, obtaining medical records and physician reports, hiring experts, postage, copying, travel, trial exhibits and witness fees. Our firm advances these costs on your behalf but you are only obligated to pay those back if we win your case.
3. What do I owe you if I do not win my case?
Nothing. In the unlikely event you do not receive a recovery, the attorney’s time and any costs the firm incurred are waived.
4. Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many personal injury cases can be resolved prior to filing a lawsuit or going to court.
5. Who pays for my medical bills?
If you have health insurance or medical coverage on your auto insurance then they pay your medical bills for your treatment during your case. If you do not have insurance, there are doctors, clinics and hospitals who will treat you and ask for payment when you win your case. Please consult with us if you do not have insurance, as it is critical that you get medical treatment for your injuries.
6. Do I have to pay back my medical bills paid by insurance?
If your medical bills are paid through your health insurance, auto insurance, or any other medical assistance program, your providers will want to be reimbursed out of your recovery for the moneys they paid on your behalf. This is called subrogation. If an insurance company notifies us of a subrogation claim, we are obligated to pay them out of the settlement or verdict. If your medical bills are not fully covered by health insurance, auto insurance, or other medical assistance programs, you are responsible for payment of these bills either during or at the end of your case.
7. How long will it take for my case to resolve?
Every case is different. The amount of time your case takes to resolve depends on a number of variables including:
- The length of time it takes for you to complete your medical treatment;
- The complexity of your injuries;
- The defendant’s insurance company and its policy limits; and
- Whether or not your case settles before filing a lawsuit.
8. What is the value of my case?
Each case is different and must be evaluated on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. Some of the determining factors include:
- Severity of injuries;
- Emotional or mental suffering;
- Permanent physical impairment;
- Past and future lost wages, financial loss, and economic hardship; and
- Past and future costs for medical treatment.
9. How often should I contact my personal injury lawyers?
Our firm prides itself on customer service. If you leave us a message, we will do everything in our power to contact you immediately and no later than 24 hours. The best way to get a response is by emailing the attorney or their assistant. Please contact us anytime you have a question or concern about your case and to keep us informed on the status of your injuries and medical treatment, any changes of addresses or phone numbers, and when you have completed your medical treatment.
10. Is Halvorsen Klote the law firm for me?
If you are involved in an accident, you deserve competent and aggressive representation by experienced attorneys. Our attorneys aggressively pursue the full measure of justice for its clients. We pride ourselves on obtaining big firm results with the personal touch and attention of a small firm. Our talented and experienced firm is able to effectively get the results you deserve in a timely fashion. Our clients are clients for life. We want to help you with any legal problem even if it is unrelated to your injury. If we cannot help you, we will find someone who can.
Halvorsen Klote takes a personal interest in every case that comes into our office. If you are looking for an attorney that will give you undivided individual attention, commitment to excellence, and use every possible resource available to help you win your case, then please contact our attorneys directly for a free consultation at 1-877-51-HKLAW (877-514-5529) or fill out our contact form. There is no fee unless we win your case.