Answers From Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
The aftermath of a devastating injury brings many questions. At Hensley Law Office, we focus on providing answers to injury victims and their loved ones in Russell, Ashland and surrounding areas of Kentucky. We have a well-established track record of achieving the full compensation our clients deserve for their medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages they have suffered through no fault of their own.
Read on for answers to questions we frequently receive from potential clients. For solutions to the unique issues you face, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.
“Do I really need a lawyer for my personal injury claim?”
Let us be clear: you are not required by the law to have legal representation. Required or not, it is a good idea if you wish to obtain the funds you need to recover and make things right for yourself and your family. You don’t know what you don’t know about insurance laws, liability coverage and other issues related to your case. We do.
“How much does an attorney cost?”
It will cost you nothing out of pocket to have the skilled legal representation you need to maximize your compensation. The vast majority of personal injury attorneys take claims on contingency, which means that their payment is based on a percentage of the amount they win for you in your case, either through a settlement or jury verdict. Therefore, you should not expect to pay any attorney fees through the duration of your case.
“How long will it take to resolve my case?”
No two personal injury claims are identical. However, most claims are resolved in a time frame ranging from a couple of months to a couple of years.
In some cases, the defendant and their insurance company are willing to make a decent settlement offer right from the start, which can result in an extremely speedy case. Other times, they dig their heels in and fight to the very end, which will increase the time it takes to resolve the matter. Also, some cases take longer because they are more complicated or because the civil courts are backlogged.
“Why won’t the insurance cover the costs of my injury?”
Insurance companies are legally obligated to cover certain events specified in insurance policies. However, there is a lot of gray area in terms of what the insurance company has to cover. And, of course, insurance companies are for-profit enterprises. Every penny they pay out is one less penny on their profit sheet, so they have strong incentive to minimize and avoid paying out on claims whenever possible.
In most cases, it takes a strong legal fight to get the compensation you deserve from the insurance company because the insurance companies make a profit every time they avoid paying the costs associated with your injury.
“Will my case go to court?”
It may seem like a wishy washy answer but it is the truth.
We will do everything in our power to negotiate a settlement that provides you with the full compensation you need to cover your past, current and future injury-related costs. If a favorable settlement cannot be reached, we will go to court to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Ultimately, it is your choice whether or not to take a case to court. We recommend discussing your options with an experienced injury lawyer so you can ensure you have the information you need to make a sound decision about your path forward.