Answers to Your Important Personal Injury Questions
Below are some initial questions you may have upon first contacting the law office of Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, PLLC. Brief answers are provided, but if you don't find the information you need here, please call our office at (757) 330-3425 or contact us online. In any event, be sure to talk to one of our skilled personal injury attorneys before talking to an insurance adjuster.
We understand this will be a frightening time for you and want to walk you through each step. Check out our answers to your questions here!
Q: Do I have a personal injury case?A:
If you have been injured by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. We will meet with you in person to assist you with your case, and we offer a free consultation to help you get started. There are statutes of limitations that require you to file suit within a specific period of time or your claim is lost forever.
Q: How much will it cost me to hire a lawyer?A:
It will cost you nothing upfront to hire a Newport News personal injury lawyer at Huffman & Huffman. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don't get paid until a settlement is made or an award received.
Q: What types of financial compensation can I get in a personal injury case?A:
Personal injury victims are entitled to receive compensation for all damages experienced as a result of the accident, which may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Physical disfigurement or scars
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental disability
- Property damage
- Punitive damages (in certain cases)
Q: Who can file a personal injury lawsuit?A:
Usually, the person who was injured is the one who may seek compensation. However, if that person was killed in the accident, a family member or legal representative may file the lawsuit on the victim's behalf. If you are under the age of 18, your claim can be filed by a parent or guardian.
Q: What are the time limitations to file a claim?A:
Statutes of limitations are time frames in which you are able to file a claim. In addition, there are local, state, and federal requirements that likewise have to be met in a timely manner. Therefore, it is important to contact the law offices of Huffman & Huffman as soon as possible. We will work with you to make sure any deadlines are met.
Q: Is there anything I shouldn't do after being involved in an accident?A:
While every accident is different, there are a few helpful tips we can offer:
- Don't give any information to the other person's insurance adjuster.
- Don't agree to settle anything.
- Don't think that your injury isn't serious and will go away on its own.
- Don't sign anything from the insurance companies until you've consulted Huffman & Huffman.
Q: What should I do if I am injured in a car or motorcycle accident?A:
Do not give any information to the other party's insurance company. If you have been injured in a car accident, you should do the following:
- Call the police.
- Seek medical attention if necessary.
- Contact Huffman & Huffman immediately.
- Take pictures of the damage.
- If possible, write down witness' names and telephone numbers.
- Call your insurance company.
- Keep copies of medical records, bills, and notes of related expenses.
Q: If don't carry insurance on my motor vehicle, can I still sue the driver who hit me?A:
Yes, you can still file a claim against the driver who was at fault.
Q: What should I do if I am injured by a defective product?A:
Manufacturers are responsible for designing, creating, and selling products that are safe for their customers. If you have been injured by a defective product, you should do the following:
- Save the product and all related documents (receipts, warranties, instructions, etc.)
- Do NOT call the product's manufacturer or their insurance company.
- Call an attorney at our firm and we will guide you from there.
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