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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a case?

When someone has been in an accident, or suffered an injury as a result of the fault of another, a common question is whether they have a case. Whether it is an automobile accident, a slip-and-fall incident, or another type of incident in which you were injured, a critical issue is whether or not you have a case that can be pursued. This question is not easily answered and must be decided on the specific facts pertaining to the occurrence in question. There are many factual and legal issues that need to be considered in order to gauge the merits of a case. That is why, when you have suffered an injury, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an attorney who is experienced in the field of personal injury litigation. The attorneys and the experienced, well-trained staff at Hart & Hart, P.C. will meet with you to decide if you do indeed have a viable case. Essential information will be gathered and evaluated in order to determine what options are available to you.

What is my case worth?

The evaluation of a personal injury case must take many factors into consideration. Every case is different. Typically, the question of what a case is worth cannot even be approximated until a thorough review of relevant documentation has been conducted. The factors considered to determine a case value are usually: the dollar amount of medical bills, the length and extent of disability, scarring, loss of function, residual symptoms, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life.

How much is the attorney paid?

In an automobile accident as well as other personal injury cases, the attorney will be paid on a contingency fee agreement. This means that the attorney will take a percentage of the final settlement or judgment as his or her fee for services in prosecuting the injured person’s claim. If there is no recovery, then there are no attorney’s fees or costs under the contingency fee agreement that need to be paid. This entails a great risk for the attorney in that they are working for a fee which hinges on the outcome of the case or claim which may not be resolved for months or years.

What should I do (or not do) after an accident?

After any accident, whether job-related, auto accident, slip & fall, or other type of accident, it is important to know what steps to take to protect yourself. It is crucial that all aspects of the accident are documented. These are the basic most important steps that should be followed in an accident:

Car/Motorcycle/ATV Accident:

  • Determine whether it is safe to exit your vehicle.
  • Check to see the condition of others and if they are hurt.
  • Call 911 and law enforcement for assistance.
  • Move to a safe location out of the way of other vehicles if possible.
  • Remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives.
  • Take photos of all vehicles and injuries.
  • Be co-operative with law enforcement and get the officer’s name and badge number.
  • Get the name, address, phone numbers and insurance company information of others in the accident.
  • Obtain contact information from all witnesses to the accident.
  • Do not discuss the accident with any insurance company personnel of the at-fault driver.
  • Call your own insurance company to report the accident.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney from Hart & Hart, P.C.

Slip and Fall/Premise Liability Accident:

  • Take pictures of the dangerous condition at the accident location.
  • Obtain the name, address and phone number of all witnesses to the accident or dangerous condition.
  • Get medical attention.
  • Keep all documentation in a safe place.
  • Contact a premises liability attorney from Hart & Hart, P.C.

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