Personal Injury FAQ
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Personal injury accidents can happen anywhere at any time. You can be left injured and unable to return to work. Many people aren’t sure what to do next. They don’t know how they will pay their bills or if they have legal rights. If you have a questions, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Gill, Welsh, and Chamberlain, P.A. can help you find answers.
Our firm has been helping the injured in Georgetown, Sussex County, and throughout Delaware since 1983. We stand up for your rights. Our legal team investigates your accident to get the facts, and our build strong cases that get results. We fight back against insurance companies to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Here are some frequently asked questions about personal injury accidents:
- What causes personal injury accidents?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Delaware?
- Do I have to talk to the insurance company about the accident?
- Can I negotiate for more money?
- Can I sue again after a settlement?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- How much is my case worth?
- Will I have to go to court?
If you’ve been injured in a personal injury accident, learn more about how we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer. We can review the details of your accident and go over your legal options. We can also answer any other questions you have. There’s no cost and no obligation.
What causes personal injury accidents?
There many different types of personal injury accidents. In each example, someone was harmed due to the negligence of another – either because of something that person did or failed to do. Some examples of personal injury accidents include slip and fall accidents, dog bites and attacks due to negligent security.
If you were hurt in a personal injury accident caused by negligence, you deserve financial compensation. Negligent parties may deny doing anything wrong, however, and insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible – or nothing at all. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to build strong cases that get results.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Delaware?
In Delaware, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit after a personal injury accident is 2 years from the date of the accident or injury. This sounds like a long time, and in some ways, it is. It isn’t in your best interests to wait too long before talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer, though.
If you were hurt in a personal injury accident in Georgetown, Sussex County, or anywhere in Delaware, we encourage you to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and the memories of witnesses can fade. We can get to work in order to build the strongest case possible.
Do I have to talk to the insurance company about the accident?
No. If you take legal action against a negligent party following a personal injury accident, you may be contacted by that party’s insurance company. They may want to ask you a few questions or request that you make a recorded statement about what happened to you. It all sounds harmless.
Remember, insurance companies are not on your side. The real reason they are contacting you is to try to get you to say something that they can use against you. If you are contacted by the insurance company, politely decline to answer questions or make any kind of statement. Explain that you need to talk to your lawyer first. Then call us.
Can I negotiate for more money?
Yes. The insurance company may offer you a settlement shortly after your accident. They’ll promise quick payment and may even say that it’s the best that they can do. That isn’t true. They are just trying to pay you as little as possible, and their offer will fall far short of covering the damages you have suffered.
Our personal injury lawyers are skilled negotiators who can work with the insurance company on a settlement that meets your needs. We will insist that any resolution of your case include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, such as pain and suffering. Our firm has recovered millions for clients through negotiated settlements.
Can I sue again after a settlement?
No. Once you reach a settlement with an insurance company over an injury you suffered in an accident, you can’t go back to them later to ask for more money. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer who can negotiate a settlement that will cover all of the damages you suffered.
One thing we consider is any future medical treatment you will need because of your injury. For example, you may require follow-up surgery or other medical procedures. Our attorneys will consider all damages from the accident to make sure that a settlement provides you with the compensation that you deserve.
There is no law that requires you to have legal representation when pursuing a personal injury claim, but insurance companies have the advantage after a personal injury accident. This is their business, and there are many tactics they use to try to limit your compensation. They have lawyers looking out for their best interests.
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. We can investigate your accident and build a strong case that insurance companies have to take seriously. We can determine the total damages you have suffered and fight to help you recover financial compensation.
There is no simple answer to that question. The amount of compensation you can receive by taking legal action will depend on many different factors. These include the type of accident you were involved in, how badly you were hurt, the evidence we are able to gather, and the amount of insurance coverage that the negligent parties carry.
In addition, an insurance company may challenge your claim. They may argue your injuries aren’t that bad or were pre-existing. We fight back on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Many times, we are able to negotiate a settlement. Our lawyers are committed to helping you get the best possible outcome in your case.
Most cases are eventually settled out of court, but there is no guarantee that the insurance company won’t be willing to fight your case at trial. That’s why our lawyers approach every case as if we are going to court. We want the insurance company to know that we have prepared a strong case that we want a jury to hear.
Our lawyers can guide you through the legal process every step of the way and we will always keep you informed of any developments. If your case does go to trial, we will help prepare you and let you know what to expect. In some cases, insurance companies settle a case just before a trial starts. No matter what happens, we are ready to fight for you.