Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims
Anyone injured in an auto accident in Arkansas is bound to have questions about their legal rights following the accident and the options available to them to recover compensation. That is why it is crucial to turn to an experienced Jonesboro auto accident attorney who knows about auto accident cases and who can get you the results you deserve. At the Houston Law Firm, P.A., we strongly believe that our clients should be as well-informed as possible throughout their case. That’s why we’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential clients about personal injury claims in Arkansas. However, no matter how simple or complex your accident case may be, contact Noyl Houston, who has more than 34 years of experience helping auto accident victims.
● Q: If I am injured in an accident, should I get an attorney?
A: Absolutely. An attorney’s goal is to represent your interest and to maximize your recovery under the law. On the other hand, an insurance adjuster’s purpose is to adjust the claim and protect the insurance company’s interest by holding down claim costs. Often, crucial evidence can be lost if not promptly obtained, and an attorney can act quickly to obtain it before it is lost.
● Q: How will I pay my attorney?
A: In an accident case, most attorneys will represent the client on a contingent fee basis, which means a percentage of the recovery. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. In other matters, attorneys will either agree with the client on a specific fee or on an applicable hourly rate.
● Q: Will the attorney make home or hospital visits, if needed?
A: Yes, home or hospital visits are often needed in cases of serious injury or illness, and that will be determined as the need arises.
● Q: If I get an attorney, will I have to file a lawsuit?
A: Not necessarily. Many cases can be settled prior to filing suit, after a thorough investigation and development of the case. The need to file suit is determined on case by case basis.
● Q: Can my case be settled even if I get an attorney?
A: Yes. Most cases are settled prior to trial even if it becomes necessary to file suit. Often, mediation is employed as a method of facilitating settlement prior to trial, as well.
● Q: Do I need an attorney for routine legal matters like wills, contracts and the like?
A: There is no substitute for the personal advice and assistance that an attorney can provide. Legal advice is needed to weigh various legal options that may otherwise be unknown or unconsidered. Legal terms, words and concepts are often misunderstood, and “self help” efforts often prove more costly or disappointing in the long run.
● Q: How should I select an attorney?
A: Personal recommendation is invaluable. One should also examine the experience and qualifications of the attorney in determining if the attorney has the ability and the integrity to properly handle the matter in a favorable manner.