Personal Injury FAQs

This depends on your situation and insurance coverage. For instance, in an auto accident, many insurance companies have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Medical Payments Coverage (MPC), which can pay for injuries while a case is being pursued. Similar programs may be available through your health insurance or worker’s compensation program, if the injury happened on the job. You may also be able to file for disability programs in the short-term. A personal injury attorney at Bellah Perez, PLLC can discuss your options and advise you on how to take care of yourself during the legal process; we don’t want you to wait until the settlement to get the treatment you need.

You are under no obligation to talk to an insurance adjuster or attorney representing the defendant. Too often, out of a desire to seem helpful and cooperative, a victim will talk to the representatives of the defendant and have their words twisted around into a statement that will be used against them. In fact, a warning sign is if an adjuster offers some small compensation — that means the company is aware they’re liable and wants to get out of the case by paying as little as possible. Do not agree to anything or sign any paperwork without consulting an attorney. Whenever possible, simply direct the adjuster or attorney to your personal injury lawyer. We’ll handle the rest.

You can definitely still pursue a claim even if your insurance company paid your medical bills. You’re still entitled to the cost of medical care, as well as other expenses, such as lost wages, changes in lifestyle, insurance bills, and pain and suffering. Anything related to your treatment, recovery, and altered lifestyle is potentially eligible for compensation.

Not necessarily. Many personal injury suits are settled out of court. Often they are settled with mediation, in which a third party, called the mediator, helps resolve the case to the satisfaction of everyone involved, all without going to court. It’s important to understand that a case can still go into litigation. This doesn’t mean it’ll head to court; it just means that it’s now a legal proceeding, rather than merely a claim involving private individuals and insurance companies. Don’t let the word “litigation” scare you away — if you’re concerned about a lawsuit going to court, a personal injury attorney can advise you on your options and work diligently to resolve the case as quickly as possible.

If the victim in a personal injury case is a child, a parent or guardian can file a claim on the child’s behalf. The parent then makes legal decisions for the child and can receive compensation for medical expenses and other fees paid by the parent for the child’s care.

However, child personal injury cases can be complicated, even after the victim is awarded a settlement. How the sum is handled, who has access to the funds, and when and how the child will be allowed to take control of the settlement must be determined. It’s therefore important to contact a personal injury attorney to ensure your child not only gets compensation for his/her injuries, but also protects that compensation for future use.

Just as the injuries resulting from a dog bite can vary drastically from those resulting from an auto accident, the duration of the corresponding personal injury case can vary drastically. How long a suit lasts depends on a number of factors. For instance, if the injuries cause complications or fault is difficult to determine in a case, resolution may take longer. It also depends on your opponent. Some parties are willing to settle out of court while others are more resistant to resolving the suit.

However, the personal injury attorneys at Bellah Perez, PLLC are not only committed to getting you the compensation you deserve but also to getting you that compensation efficiently. We won’t allow an insurance company to drag out the suit, costing you time, money, and stress. With a personal injury lawyer on your team, bullying, stalling, and equivocation are minimized.

It’s crucial to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, not only for your own peace of mind, but to enable us to get to work before the statute of limitations runs out. The exact window of time in which you are allowed to file a suit depends on the nature of your claim. A lawyer can advise you on your options if some time has passed since the injury. Get in touch as quickly as possible.

A personal injury case arises after an accident in which a person was injured due to another person’s negligence. That means the other person did not take reasonable steps to prevent the injury or breached a duty of care to protect someone’s health. Injuries eligible for a case can be caused by auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, nursing home and elder abuse, slips and falls, and spinal cord and brain injuries.