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If You’ve Been Injured in an Accident, You May Be Wondering Which Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney. Here are Some FAQs.

If You’ve Been in an Accident, You May Have Some Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

Being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault can be devastating, life-changing and overwhelming. Every situation is different, and deciding the best path forward for yourself and your family can be a lot to handle, especially while you may be dealing with medical bills, injuries and more.


As you research your options, here are some questions you may want to ask your personal injury attorney.

Your personal injury case should not cost you anything upfront. Many law firms represent personal injury clients on a contingency fee, which means the lawyer agrees to accept a fixed percentage (often one third) of the amount paid to the client in a settlement or verdict. If you win the case or accept a settlement, the lawyer’s fee comes out of the money awarded to you.

Most settlements remain either unreported or confidential, so it’s difficult to determine what the average settlement for a personal injury case is. However, there are factors to consider in each case that help to provide an estimate of the value of your case. These factors include the severity of your injuries, your financial losses like lost wages from work, and whether the other party is clearly at fault for the accident. At Garcia Legal, LLC we provide clients with an honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of each case.

A good settlement offer always depends on the facts of your personal injury case. The purpose of a settlement is to compensate you for your losses. It is not a windfall. In other words, your personal injury settlement should be enough to compensate you for your medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, your pain and suffering, and emotional distress. At Garcia Legal, LLC we will provide you with an honest assessment of the potential value of your case.

Approximately 95% of cases settle without a trial. There are many reasons why most personal injury cases settle without a trial, including the length of time it takes for the case to get to trial as well as the costs associated with trying a personal injury case.

Typically a month after medical appointments, a settlement demand letter is sent to the insurance company for the negligent party. One can know if the case will settle a month or so after reviewing the insurance company’s first offer or denial or acceptance of the demand. An experienced personal injury attorney will have negotiated enough cases to know whether filing a lawsuit is in your best interest or continuing to negotiate is in your best interest. The decision to settle is always the client’s.

There are many things you can do to ensure you get the most money for your personal injury case. You should seek medical attention quickly for your injuries, go to all your medical appointments, keep track of all expenses, keep a record of your pain and injuries, and contact an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. A personal injury lawyer can provide you with more information about how you can make sure you are doing everything you can to maximize the amount you will receive in your settlement.

Insurance companies will not pay for your medical bills or your out-of-pocket costs upfront. They expect you to get all the medical care you need after your car accident and then present a settlement demand to them with all relevant information about your case. If your case settles, the insurance company will pay you a lump sum, which is intended to compensate you for your medical bills, your pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and other damages you may be entitled to under New Mexico law. An Albuquerque car accident attorney can explain this process in more detail to you.

Yes, you should contact a lawyer after your car accident. Insurance adjusters and bill collectors will reach out to you almost immediately after your car accident. An experienced lawyer can handle every aspect of your case, including communications with insurance companies, while you focus on healing and getting back to where you were before your accident.
You should always contact an attorney before you speak with an insurance company. Insurance companies will try to push accident victims into settling or they may even try to deny your case completely. Insurance companies will often record conversations to try to use a car accident survivor’s words against them if they file a lawsuit. Speaking to an insurance company before talking with a lawyer often decreases the likelihood of recovering the damages deserved after an accident.

When you’ve been injured in an accident that’s not your fault, you should contact an accident attorney immediately. Never assume that insurance companies will pay fair compensation after an accident. Insurance companies want to get away with paying the least amount that they can, and dealing with insurance adjusters is difficult. Contact an accident attorney who knows the Albuquerque area to ensure that you get a fair deal based upon what’s owed to you under New Mexico law.

Having a car accident attorney to guide you through your case can bring you peace of mind and help you get the compensation you deserve. Attorney Jonathan A. Garcia knows how insurance companies approach cases and how to respond. An experienced personal injury lawyer will explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case and will offer you the best path forward.

If you Have Any Other Questions to Ask, Contact Personal Injury Attorney Jonathan A. Garcia Today.

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