Why Do I need a Lawyer?
Most people dislike the idea of lawsuits. Many potential clients consider themselves “not the suing type” and do not want the opposing party to be punished for a mistake — in reality, when you are harmed, you are only fighting the insurance company. Companies, professionals, and individuals buy insurance policies so the insurance companies can compensate people when they are harmed.
How can we help you?
Lawyers have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to best defend their clients against insurance companies. Insurance companies will take lawyers more seriously than a claimant. Insurance companies will virtually always make higher settlement offers if they know an injured person has obtained the assistance of an accident lawyer. At Rhodes Law, P.C., we are specifically dedicated to helping people who have been harmed.
What is the up-front of obtaining a lawyer?
In the vast majority of accident cases, you pay nothing up-front to hire a lawyer. Generally, lawyers take accidents cases on what is called a contingency fee. This means you only pay legal fees is you recover on your claim. The lawyer gets paid when you get paid.
How will seeking medical assistance affect my case?
The number one priority in any case is the client’s physical and mental health. Many clients ask if they should receive medical treatment or how medical treatment will affect their legal case. Legalities should never affect how you take care of yourself or whether you should seek medical treatment. If you are in pain and need medical care, you should seek assistance from medical professionals without worrying about your case. Restoring your life is the ultimate goal.
Do I still have to pay my medical bills during my case?
Often lawyers can convince hospitals, doctors, and other medical providers to delay demanding payment for medical bills while a legal case is going on. These medical providers know a major accident and the resulting medical expenses can be extremely expensive and will at times wait to be paid out of a settlement or verdict from the insurance company. Lawyers can send a document called a Letter of Protection or L.O.P. to medical providers explaining that you were hurt in an accident and requesting the medical expenses be paid by the insurance company at the close of your case. Medical providers generally only honor Letters of Protection drafted and sent by lawyers. Letters of Protection delaying payment for medical expenses greatly assist many people who have been harmed and enable them to achieve the best possible outcome out of their situation.
How long do I have to get legal help?
All cases must be brought in a timely manner. The law requires claims to be brought within the applicable “statute of limitations”. The statute of limitations is a legal requirement mandating a deadline for all lawsuits. This deadline exists to prevent people from sitting on a claim and bringing a lawsuit after an unneeded delay. Often, claims must be brought within two years of the accident or the discovery of the injury. Sometimes, this statute of limitations can even be six months or a year depending on the situation. It is important to seek legal assistance quickly to ensure you can still be reimbursed after your accident.
What do I need to do to help my case?
There are several things you can do, as a client, to help your case.
1. Keep All Records Regarding Your Incident – It is vitally important that you keep all reports, records, pictures, etc. from your case. You will have to illustrate to insurance adjusters, opposing counsel, or maybe even a jury how an accident happened and how it has affected your life. In order to properly tell your story, you need to keep all the evidence;
2. Work With Your Lawyer – Your lawyer is working for your best interests, but a lawyer is only as good as his client. Be sure to listen to your lawyer’s advice and supply him with all information necessary to competently fight for your case;
3. Be Honest – Even when you think your circumstances are not ideal for your case, you must be honest about your case. This firm is passionate and committed to assisting honest people regain the lives they love after an accident. Agents, lawyers, judges, and juries all appreciate honest clients and will be rewarded in the end. Honestly is truly the best policy.