Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Accidents happen in the blink of an eye. One mistake, one misstep -- that's all it takes. But what if your injuries were out of your control? What if the accident wasn't your fault? You may be faced with some of the most stressful times in your life and feel completely alone. Most victims of accidents (and their families) have questions. They're not sure what to expect, what to do, how to deal with the insurance companies, or who to even contact for answers to their questions.
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we want to help. We've answered some of the most common questions we hear all the time from accident victims and our past clients.
You Have Questions; We Have Answers
Do I Have a Case?
After you're injured in an accident -- or a loved one is injured in an accident -- this may be one of your biggest questions. After scene of the accident...after the Emergency Room, after the shock has worn off...you may still face piles of medical bills, time off work, and a large amount of stress. There are a lot of factors that go into determining whether you have a case.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Too often accident victims try to handle the insurance companies on their own, only to find out too late that they did something or said something that hurt their claim. The insurance companies have attorneys on their side fighting for them. If the insurance company is trying to offer you a settlement, wants you to give a recorded statement, or is giving you the run-around, you may need a lawyer.
How Much Will it Cost?
Attorney fees can vary, so you may not be sure what you're getting into when you hire one. That's why you need to look for a law firm that works on what's called a contingency fee basis, which means that it doesn't charge any fees unless and until they get you a successful verdict or settlement. If you don't win your case, you won't owe anything. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, there's never a fee unless we get money for you.
What's My Case Worth?
The amount that you receive for your case -- whether you decide to settle with the insurance company or continue on in the legal process -- can vary by thousands of dollars. Just as there are many factors that determine whether you have a case, the same holds true for the amount your case is worth. Every accident is different, but you can find out how we determine your case is worth.
How Long Will it Take?
After people call our law firm to find out if they have a case, one of the most common questions that follows is "How long will it take?" Learn about how long the legal process takes, how quickly you can collect compensation and move on with your life, etc.
Why Hire an Injury Lawyer?
Recently we asked our Facebook fans what they wished they would have known before they were in an accident. The comment we saw most was along the lines of "I wish I would have called a lawyer instead of trying to handle it myself." "I was too worried about paying lawyer fees, but I paid for it in the end." If you're wondering why you should hire an injury lawyer, read more to find out.
Who Pays My Medical Bills?
Ask accident victims what they fear the most, and quite often you'll hear them talk about the piles of medical bills. That's why one of the most common questions injury victims have is, "Who pays my medical bills?"
What Should I Say? What Should I Sign?
Accident victims have enough on their minds, let alone worrying about what papers to sign and whether what they say will be used against them later. What forms are okay to sign? What is okay to say?
How Can I Protect My Rights?
For years we've talked about ‘protecting your rights' at Edgar Snyder & Associates. But recently we wondered what accident victims believe that actually means. What rights do you have as an accident victim, and how do you ‘protect' them?
What Can You Do for Me?
One reason many people don't contact an injury lawyer for help after an accident is because they don't fully understand the benefits of having one. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, you're more than just a claim number. Learn what we do for our clients.
How Do I Get My Lost Wages?
If you're wondering how to make up for your lost wages, there are a few options to consider. Keep in mind that your options depend on the type of accident you had, who is at fault, and other details.
How Do You Prove My Case?
So you have a case…now what? What do we do at Edgar Snyder & Associates to prove your case? What goes into getting you a successful outcome?
When Should I Call?
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have a thousand things on your mind. Calling a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. But at Edgar Snyder & Associates, we also want you to know that you need to call an attorney as quickly as possible after an accident.
Why Does Time Matter?
When you're injured, time matters. It matters to preserve evidence, and it matters for your case.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
In today's busy world, time matters. Every second counts, and the moments after an accident or injury are no exception. Many accident victims aren't sure how long they have to file a claim.
What Happens When I Call?
Our ads tell you to call us for a free legal consultation, but what does that actually mean? What information should you have before you call to find out if you have a case?
What is Compensation for "Pain and Suffering"?
You may have heard the phrase "pain and suffering," but wonder what it means. Accident victims can receive compensation for "pain and suffering" after for a variety of reasons.
What Should I Know About Social Media to Protect My Rights?
Social media has become part of our lives, but there are several things you should know about how it can affect your legal rights after an accident.
What if I Can't Travel to Your Office?
If you were injured in an accident and need help from an attorney, you may not be able to make it to our office. You may be in a hospital, in a rehabilitation facility, or stuck at home. If you can't make it to us, we'll come to you.
What if I Can't Work?
If you were injured in an accident, hurt on the job, or need Social Security disability benefits, you may worry how you're going to pay your bills. Learn your legal options now.
Who Works on My Case?
If you were seriously hurt in an accident and you have a case, you may wonder who will work on your 'team' at Edgar Snyder & Associates. Learn more about the people who help our clients and get them the compensation they deserve.