Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: I’ve just been involved in a car accident.  What information should I get?

A: Get the other driver’s name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and insurance company name and policy number.  If there is a police report, this information should be in the report.  Be sure to get   the report number from the police officer before you leave the accident scene.  Attached is an Accident Information Form which you can print and keep in your vehicle in case of an accident.

 

Q: Should I go to the doctor right away?

A: Yes!  Do not delay seeking medical treatment.  First and foremost, the ultimate goal is to recover from your injuries as quickly and as completely as possible.  Go to the emergency room if you need immediate medical attention.  The longer you wait to get medical treatment, the harder it becomes to prove you were injured as a result of the accident.  If you need further treatment, but you cannot afford to pay out of your pocket, your lawyer may be able to make arrangements with your doctor to get you the treatment you need.

 

Q: Should I use my own health insurance?

A: Whether or not you should use your health insurance depends on many variables.  Of course, you should use your health insurance when you go to the emergency room.  You should also use your health insurance if you have very serious injuries requiring surgery or some other complex and expensive medical procedures.  This is usually the best way to get the treatment you need without undue delay.  However, sometimes using your health insurance could unnecessarily complicate your case.  Likewise, the decision to use your health insurance should be based upon an assessment of the specific circumstances in your case after a consultation with your lawyer.

 

Q: What do I do if I get a call from the other person’s insurance company?

A: Be polite and excuse yourself from the call.  Then, CALL A LAWYER!!!  You must understand that the other person’s insurance company works for the other person and not for you.  They will probably be very comforting when they talk to you, but their loyalty is to their insured.  Never give any sort of statement about the accident without first consulting a lawyer!  Also know that the insurance adjuster is not a lawyer, and do not accept any legal advise from the adjuster.

 

Q: Should I report the accident to my own insurance company?

A: Yes.  In order to preserve your rights under your insurance policy, you must report the claim within a reasonable time.  Unlike the other person’s insurance company, your insurance company works for you.   Your insurance company is legally bound to process your claim in good faith.  Sometimes, dealing with your insurance company is the best way to recover some of your losses especially when the other person’s insurance company is dragging their feet.  However, if you fail to report your claim to your insurance company within a reasonable time, then your insurance company may deny coverage for your losses.

 

Q: Will my insurance rates increase if I report the accident to my insurance company?

A: Keep in mind that each insurance company operates differently.  Generally speaking, however, if the accident is determined not to be your fault and you have a good claims history with your insurance company, your rates should not increase just because you filed a claim.  Many times, your insurance company will get reimbursed from the liable person’s insurance company.  Your insurance company will then reimburse you for any deductibles you might have paid.

Q: Why should I hire a lawyer instead of handling the case myself?

A: Simply put, only a lawyer fully understands your rights and how to protect them.  If you handle the case yourself and do or say something wrong, then it would make it more difficult for you to hire a lawyer in the future.  That is why you should hire a lawyer as soon as possible!

 

Q: If I hire a lawyer, will I have to go to court?

A: Not likely.  Approximately 80% of all cases are settled without the need for filing a lawsuit.  Even if a lawsuit is filed, approximately 90-95% of those cases are settled without ever going to trial.

 

Q: Will I have to pay the lawyer out of my pocket?

A: Customarily, personal injury cases are handled on a “contingency fee” basis.  That means that the lawyer’s fees are paid after money is recovered on your behalf.  If there is no recovery, then there is no fee paid to your lawyer.  The fee is usually a percentage of the amount recovered, plus any out-of-pocket expenses paid by the lawyer.

 

Q: What should I do to get ready for an appointment with a lawyer?

A: If you call the lawyer early enough, the lawyer should be able to get most of the necessary information on his own.  If you have any pictures, have those ready, as well as the information you gathered at the accident scene.  Get all your insurance information ready such as auto insurance, health insurance, as well as any insurance information on the negligent party.  Also, you need to give your lawyer the information on all hospitals, doctors, or clinics that you visited for medical treatment.

 

Q: What should I look for in a lawyer?

A: A lawyer-client relationship is a sacred one based upon confidence.  You have to know and trust your lawyer.  You should feel comfortable with your lawyer on the very first visit or consultation.  If you cannot speak to the lawyer personally, then be very wary of hiring that lawyer.  You should always be able to speak with your lawyer personally, and not through a secretary or the office staff.  You should be convinced that your lawyer will give your case the personal attention it deserves, and that your lawyer will communicate with you every step of the way.

 

Q: Why should I hire Robert C. Slim, Attorney at Law?

A: Experience, Honesty, and Personalized Service.  Over the years, I have listened to what my clients want in a lawyer.  In order to deliver the kind of service that my clients deserve, I try to keep my caseload at a manageable level.  This way, I can handle each and every case as though they were my own.  I also believe that a mutual trust is achieved by maintaining good communication with the client.  When you call my office, you will get to talk with your lawyer directly.

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