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What is the most important thing for me to do after my injury?

The most important thing you can do is get the medical treatment you need to recover from any injuries you may have suffered.

Once you’ve gotten medical treatment, you should contact a personal injury attorney like one from Lachman & Gorton to find out if you have a personal injury case.

Should I keep track of all of my medical expenses?

Absolutely. Medical expenses are important to documenting all the costs you’ve had to pay out for your injuries. These medical expenses play a key role in determining the amount of compensation you may be entitled to if you do have a personal injury case.

An experience personal injury lawyer like one from Lachman & Gorton can help you keep track of all your medical expenses and help you prepare your personal injury case. Call us today.

Are there time limits after I’m injured to file a lawsuit?

There are different time limits for different types of personal injury cases. These time limits set the legal requirement for how long you have to file your personal injury case.

If you don’t file a lawsuit within the set time period, you will lose the right to make any claims.
There are different time periods, for example, for a car wreck versus a medical malpractice case. There are different rules if you’re suing a business or individual versus a city or municipality. In cases involving injured children, there is usually an extension of time. If your case involves illnesses caused by chemical exposure or medical malpractice, there may be a delay in the discovery of the injury that allows for an extension.

No matter what type of personal injury case you have, the clock is ticking. Be sure you contact an experienced personal injury attorney like one from Lachman & Gorton, as soon as possible, to determine the legal deadline that applies to your case.

Will my personal injury case go to court?

It’s possible. Not all personal injury cases make it to court. Some are settled out of court when all parties agree to the compensation amount. At Lachman & Gorton, we aren’t afraid to take your case to court to get you all that you deserve.

That said, if you agree to a settlement outside of court, we can advise you on whether or not you’re truly getting the right amount of compensation from your settlement.

If I have to pay a lawyer part of my settlement, does that mean I will get less for myself?

No. The job of your lawyer is to get you maximum compensation for your personal injury. It’s commonly known that insurance companies rarely pay anywhere near the full value to injured persons who aren’t represented by a lawyer.

The legal team at Lachman & Gorton will do everything possible to prove your case. We know how to prove an injury. The combination of these factors and our ability to take the responsible party to court is worth hiring us. We will do everything we can to get you the settlement you deserve.

If I win my personal injury case, how will I be compensated?

This will depend on a variety of factors. Things like lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills come into play. All cases are different so there’s no “one size fits all.” If you need help with your personal injury case, let our attorneys start you off with a free consultation. Contact us today to get started.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Should I sign a release or anything from an insurance company?

Not until consulting with a lawyer first! Most of the time, an insurance company won’t pay you without obtaining your signature on a release. But a signed release allows the insurance company to be free from the obligation to pay anything more on your claim. It also prevents you from bringing up a lawsuit in the future.

A solid legal team like the attorneys at Lachman & Gorton should be able to review a release and advise you whether you risk losing any rights by signing it.

The insurance company is offering to settle. Should I accept the money?

Always view offers from an insurance company with suspicion. Remember, the insurance companies are in the business of making money. Plus, if it’s not your insurance company, they don’t have your best interests in mind. That means they’ll use every trick in the book to force you into a quick settlement – even if it means they don’t play fair.

Contact an experienced legal team like the one at Lachman & Gorton, before you accept any kind of settlement. You may be entitled to more than what the insurance company is offering you.

The insurance company is asking for a recorded statement. Should I give one?

No! Despite what an insurance adjuster may tell you, you aren’t required to give a statement. Even if the insurance company sends you letters threatening to “close their file” without your statement, you shouldn’t give a statement.

Adjusters are trained to conduct interviews and to secure testimony that makes it less likely for their party to be blamed. If you give a recorded statement, it can be used as future evidence in a lawsuit.

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