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I've been injured -- what
do I do first?
If you are injured in an accident, you should
seek medical attention. Whether or not you have
a claim, a doctor should examine you, both for
your own peace of mind and to document the injury
in order to support your claim. Frequently, an
injury from an accident may not appear immediately.
Whenever symptoms first appear, go to your family
doctor, a hospital emergency room, or another
medical professional to obtain medical help.
Why do I need to contact
It costs nothing to have the Law Offices of Daniel
F. Dill evaluate your injury claim. Also, you
have a lot to gain by speaking with us first --
even if we're unable to represent you in your
claim; we may be able to provide you with valuable
information and advice. We have been through this
many times and most of the time we can help you.
How much is my case worth,
and will you guarantee success?
The "value" of your case depends on
many factors, such as the extent of your injury,
the amount of your medical bills, and your condition
after you have finished treatment. The calculation
also involves the ability of the other party to
pay a judgment, and whether you played any role
in causing the accident.
I will not take your case unless I think it has
a good chance of success. Even so, there are no
guarantees. All I can do is give you a fair assessment
of the outcome of your case based on my experience,
the injury itself, and what jury verdicts have
been achieved in cases similar to yours.
How much do you charge
for a personal injury case?
Most matters are handled on a contingency-fee basis. This means that the fee is due only if we are successful with your case. For cases resolved without a lawsuit, the fee is one third (33.33%) of the total amount. For cases requiring a lawsuit, the fee is 40% of the total amount.
After the fee is deducted, costs advanced by us for your case are then calculated and deducted. Costs typically include court filing fees, investigators, medical records, etc.
How long will it take for
me to receive my money?
The length of time necessary to recover monies
for your injury depends upon a number of factors.
For example, if you sustain a serious injury,
you do not want to settle your claim until you
have received sufficient medical care. Your physician
should release you and your future medical expenses
related to the accident should be able to be determined
with reasonable certainty.
Therefore, the amount of time you need to heal
may determine the length of time necessary to
conclude your claim. The amount of time before
you recover also depends on whether your case
is settled or goes to trial. Every case is different
and I will look out for your best interest by
advising on what I think is best for your situation.
How soon should I bring
Each state sets a time period during which a person
must bring a personal injury claim. Both the length
of that period and the way it is measured in cases
varies from state to state. Even within a state,
the time period may vary depending on the circumstances
surrounding the accident, such as the plaintiff's
age, the type of personal injury claim, the particular
facts giving rise to the injury, and when the
injury is discovered. You must be absolutely certain
that you know the time limitation period that
applies to you, or you risk jeopardizing your
legal rights. I will advise you as to what the
statute of limitations are for your situation.
My insurance agent says
I can handle the case myself without a lawyer.
Is this a good idea?
I don’t recommend that you handle legal
matters yourself. Do not give a recorded statement
until you speak with an attorney. I think it is
best to seek the advice of an expert, such as
myself, who knows the laws and can look out for
your best interest. There is no charge for a consultation
If you take my case, what will I have
First of all, you should seek medical attention
and take care of your injuries. Then, we would
meet and I would ask you to identify specifics
about the case, such as witnesses, time, and place
of the incident. From that point, I will advise
you on the probability of the case. That is all
that is required from you.
If you agree to retain my services, I would begin
requesting medical records to support your claim.
I would also handle calls between your insurance
company and doctors. I would keep you informed
on the status of the case at all times and do
my best to insure a speedy and economical recovery
Why do we have to "file
suit" and what does that mean?
A suit will only have to be filed if your case
cannot be resolved with the insurance company.
I will do my best to resolve your case quickly
while keeping your best interest in mind. However,
sometimes, the need to go to trial may be necessary
and in that case, I would be required to “file
suit” at the courthouse to begin the legal
process of a trial.
This means that a judge or jury may decide the
legitimacy as well as the value of your claim.
I would advise you prior to filing a suit, if
I thought it was in your best interest and if
I thought the case would be successful in front
of a jury or judge.
If I live outside of Florida can you help
me if I was injured in Florida?
It doesn’t matter where you currently live.
What is most important is where the accident occurred.
If the accident occurred within the State of Florida,
then I would be able to assist you with your claim,
no matter where you currently reside. In fact,
it would be important for you to find an attorney
who is licensed to practice within the state the