Personal injury attorneys have a bad reputation that is fully deserved. The attorneys at the law firm of BuxmanKwitek, P.C. are not “Strong Arms” or “Pit Bulls”. We are experienced, professionals who know how to deal with insurance companies to get you a reasonable settlement in a reasonable amount of time.
Personal Injury: Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am injured in an accident?
Your first priority in the event of an accident is to make sure that you get the proper medical care as quickly as possible. Seek out qualified health care providers and follow their treatment advice closely. In most instances, the Statute of Limitations for an automobile accident related claim is three years from the date of the accident; non-auto personal injury claims generally have a two year statute. As such, you should seek out medical help long before you get legal assistance.
Should I talk to the insurance compnay?
It is generally a good idea to make sure that any involved insurance company is allowed to get a copy of any accident report and any related medical records so that they can evaluate your claim. In many instances, however, it is not a good idea to provide a written or recorded statement to an insurance company without help from an attorney.
Insurance companies are nothing like good neighbors or friendly lizards. Their sole purpose is to limit the cost of your claim and they will resort to any tactic they can to give you as little as possible. Once you settle a claim with an insurance company, the case is generally closed, no matter what happens later. Insurance adjusters are professionals who are trained in specific techniques to limit the value of your claim. As such, it is generally not wise to deal with them without professional help.
How much does it cost to have an attorney represent me?
In the personal injury context you can choose to pay your attorney at an hourly rate or you can sign a contingent fee agreement. Contingent fees at BuxmanKwitek, P.C. start at 28% of the amount recovered on your behalf, not including medical expenses. While your claim is pending, you will be billed for our out-of-pocket costs, but not for your attorney’s time until your claim is settled or litigated. Most personal injury claims are handled on a contingent fee basis.
How long will my case take and how much compensation can I expect to receive?
Our goal is to achieve a reasonable settlement in a reasonable amount of time. We will not start settlement negotiations with an insurance company until you are finished with your medical treatment and you are at maximum medical improvement. When that happens, we will analyze your case and provide you with our estimate of what the case is worth in terms of a settlement range. Some cases are concluded six months after the accident while some cases are involved in litigation three or more years after an accident. Most claims settle without the need for a trial.
What are your rates?
Our hourly rates range from $175 per hour to $250 per hour and our retainers range from $1500 to $5000 depending upon the type of matter. Call us today to receive a quote on your case.