If you have been involved in a car crash or work accident in the West Palm Beach area, you will need an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the various claims and possible litigation to ensure that you get proper compensation. Denied, delayed, or underpaid personal injury insurance claims are all too common.
Insurance companies will do what they can to pay you the bare minimum – or avoid paying altogether. Lawyers with experience in personal injury law will be able to take on the insurance companies and their legal representatives and demand a just pay-out. Depending on the specifics of the case, they may even secure compensation to which you were not even aware you were entitled. When it comes to fighting personal injury cases in West Palm Beach, Sokoloff & Weinstein have many years of collective experience among our personal injury lawyers.
Personal injury law essentials
If you are involved in a personal injury case for the first time and are considering taking on legal advice, here are some of the main points you should know:
- Your number one priority is to recover health wise. This may seem obvious, but it is important to know the extent of injuries and treatment before processing a demand and often a legal requirement. The first thing you need to do is mitigate your damages, i.e., take all steps necessary to restore your health after your injury. Having done so, you can turn your attention to your legal and financial concerns.
- Your lawyer will typically work on a contingent fee basis. This means that they will be paid by keeping a percentage of your final settlement. It also means that you will not be required to pay anything upfront, and if the case is unsuccessful, they will not get paid at all.
- The value of your case is almost impossible to predict until your lawyer has taken all the details into account. You will need to consult with your lawyer to get an accurate estimation at the appropriate time. Some of the factors that go into the calculation are the total value of your medical expenses, the extent of medical care undergone, results of diagnostic testing, loss of past, present, and future income (economic loss) and benefits as a result of your injuries, an estimation of the monetary value of your pain and suffering, etc.