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.
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?"
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?
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?
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 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.