FAQI have been offered a settlement by my insurance company to settle my accident claim, but I do not feel they have offered me enough money. How can an attorney help me?
Dealing with an insurance company is not for the faint of heart. Insurance companies often overlook the many ways in which an accident may have affected your life. You may be entitled to compensation not just for your injuries, but for property damage, wage loss, future loss of earnings, and pain and suffering, just to name a few. An attorney acts as a medium between a client and an insurance company, ensuring that every effort will be made to recover as much as possible following an accident. When you retain an attorney in a personal injury claim, you will not have to communicate with insurance adjusters. Zeisler & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.C., will handle such matters for you.
How much does it cost to be represented by Zeisler & Associates, P.C.?
It does not cost anything up front to be represented by Zeisler & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.C. The firm will charge a contingency fee that will come from the damages recovered in your case's settlement. The standard contingency fee for Zeisler & Associates, P.C., is 33.33%. These costs are subject to increase if your case enters litigation.
What happens during a free consultation?
During your one hour consultation, you will get the chance to tell the story of your accident. You can tell us about your injuries, your frustrations with the insurance company, and your hopes for resolving your case. It is important to get all of your questions and concerns answered, and Ms. Zeisler will explain how representation by a personal injury attorney works. If Ms. Zeisler does not feel that your case is appropriate for representation, she will let you know during the consultation.
What results can I expect in my case?
Every case is different, and much of the outcome of your case will depend on the insurance of the vehicle charged with causing your accident. If the vehicle or individual that caused your accident did not have insurance or did not have enough insurance to cover the costs of your injuries, an underinsured or uninsured motorist claim will likely be pursued.
In our office, most of our cases settle within a year, but in more complicated cases, litigation may be necessary. Most importantly, you can expect your case to settle within a reasonable amount of time, and for a reasonable settlement, barring special circumstances.
Will my case have to go to court?
Whether or not your case will eventually make it to the litigation process depends on many factors. If the statute of limitations on your case is going to expire soon, it will be necessary to file a complaint in court to preserve your claim. Please consider that the statute of limitation for an auto accident claim is three years from the date of the accident, minus one day. However, the vast majority of cases will settle out of court and without the extra expense of litigation.
Our firm has a staff seasoned in the litigation process and unafraid of battling unreasonable insurance companies and their attorneys. The likelihood that your case will have to enter litigation depends on the statute of limitations in your case and the settlement offered by the opposing insurance.
Is there a limit to the compensation I can receive from an insurance company?
Yes, insurance policies have limits on coverage for bodily injury claims. It is important to consult an attorney in order to determine whether representation will be necessary in your claim. Many times, insurance companies do not inform those filing a claim of the terms and limits of insurance policies. An attorney can help with clarifying this information, and fighting the battle you deserve.
I am unable to pay my medical bills and I am worried about other expenses as well. Can hiring an attorney help to resolve these issues?
Hiring an attorney will likely improve your chances of obtaining a settlement large enough to cover your growing medical expenses. Insurance policies are meant to cover not only medical costs, but also costs like travel to medical appointments, wage loss caused by the accident, property damage, and general pain and suffering. We cannot guarantee a certain amount, but we can guarantee that we will fight for your best interests as strongly as we possibly can.