Answers To Common Questions About Personal Injury Law
At Conmy Feste Ltd., answering questions is a large part of what we do. We take time to address concerns of potential clients during free initial consultations. Once we have a new client, we continue to be a resource of information and guidance throughout a claim for compensation. When a lawsuit is necessary, we are ready to take a case to trial and answer clients’ questions along the way.
Schedule a consultation to discuss any of the following or other areas of concern that you have after an accidental injury or a loved one’s fatal accident.
I am concerned about the expense of working with an attorney. What does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
We understand your concerns about the costs of litigation. Rest assured, if we represent you after an accident, you will not owe attorney fees until we recover compensation for you. At that time, your fees will be a percentage of the settlement or verdict (minus costs of developing your case). Therefore, you won’t need to worry about how many hours we spend with you or for you.
You may also be glad to know that we are conscientious about containing costs as we work up your case. We want you to receive as much compensation as you can to cover your medical expenses, replace your lost wages and otherwise make you as financially whole as possible at the conclusion of your case.
When can you sue for personal injury?
Just because you were injured does not mean you have a case. You can only sue if another person was responsible for your injury. The responsible party also needs insurance or assets to pay damages.
Can I sue the driver of a car or truck in which I was a passenger?
Yes, if the driver of the vehicle in which you were injured or your loved one was killed was negligent, you can bring a claim for damages against that person. Their insurance company may pay, but the case will begin with a claim against that driver and/or anyone else whose negligence was responsible for your injuries. Discuss your accident, injuries and legal options with an accomplished personal injury attorney to discover who may be liable to compensate you and how to maximize financial recovery.
How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim in North Dakota?
The time limit for filing a claim after a motor vehicle accident or premises liability injury is normally six years. This may seem like a long time, and it is. However, this does not mean that you should wait and think about getting an attorney working on your case. Fresh evidence is hard to piece together later. It may be harmful to your case if you wait too long to get legal counsel.
On the other hand, if Conmy Feste Ltd. is your personal injury law firm, we will not rush your case. Rather, we will take the time that is necessary to build a strong case for your compensation.
What is my case worth?
This is a common question – and a natural one. The facts of every case are unique, and there is no blanket answer to this question. The amount of your recovery will depend on how seriously you were injured, the insurance caps of whatever insurance policies apply, and/or the assets of one or more negligent parties that may be sources of compensation for you.
Note that if a negligent party or their insurer lacks enough compensation to cover your costs, you may be able to pursue uninsured/underinsured motorists (UI/UIM) coverage through your own auto insurance. Your home insurance may have an umbrella policy that can fill in any gaps. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know where to look for the compensation you deserve after an accident.
How long does it take to resolve a case?
The answer to this question depends on many variables. It can take a year or longer, depending on your medical treatment and doctors’ prognosis for your recovery. You should not settle your case until you have enough evidence to recover as fully as is possible. Only then will you know what your future needs will be.
What if doctors demand payment sooner?
We have had a great deal of success convincing medical care providers to wait until the conclusion of an injury claim or lawsuit to be paid. Meanwhile, they continue treating our clients.