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Should I Hire An Attorney Immediately After An Accident?
Yes, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can provide much-needed advice, information and direction for your case. Additionally, an attorney can gather evidence and begin investigating the case soon after he/she is hired. The more you know and the sooner you have someone working for you, the better.
Should I Handle My Case Myself?
No. The law allows you to handle the case yourself if you desire to do so; however, you will be without much-needed information, knowledge and experience in handling cases such as yours. By handling the case yourself, you run the risk of making a mistake that could be catastrophic to your case.
Why Should I Hire An Attorney Immediately Instead Of Trying To Do The Case Myself?
Downs Law Firm has extensive experience in handling serious auto accident cases as well as serious personal injury claims. The best analogy we can provide is that you would not perform major surgery upon yourself. From that same standpoint, you need an experienced professional to assist you with any serious auto accident or serious injury claim.
I Do Not Have The Money To Hire An Attorney. What Can I Do?
Downs Law Firm will take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay the attorney anything unless or until the attorney makes a successful recovery on your case. No money needs to be paid upfront should your attorney take the case and decide to represent you.
What If There Is Never A Recovery In My Case? Do I Have To Pay The Attorney For Time And Expenses?
No. Should the case not be successful, you owe your attorney nothing for time or expenses.
Should I See A Doctor If I Am Hurt Because Of An Accident?
You should see a doctor as soon as possible following an injury. Of course, a competent medical doctor can provide you with much-needed evaluation, care and treatment, if necessary. Additionally, from a legal standpoint, you are at a much better position to prove your case if you have medical care, treatment and evaluation that is documented by a physician or other health care provider of your choice.
If I Go To A Doctor, What Should I Tell Them?
You should tell the doctor everything about the accident and, starting at the top of your head, tell the doctor each and every part of your body that is hurt or in any way injured as a result of the accident. It is important to be complete, honest and truthful with all of your complaints.
How Long Will My Case Take?
It depends. We attempt to resolve cases as soon as possible. However, depending upon the seriousness of the injury as well as other legal issues, some cases take other than others to finally resolve.
Can My Attorney Settle My Case Without My Agreement?
No. A settlement of your case requires that you agree to the settlement and sign certain documentation accepting the settlement.
I Want My Case Settled Now. Can We Automatically Make The At-Fault Person Do So?
No, you cannot. Settlements are a voluntary agreement between the parties. If a settlement cannot be reached, the only remedy is to pursue a legal case in court.