Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law
At Joseph A. Gregorio, A Professional Law Firm, our Bossier City personal injury lawyer has more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury cases. He has the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards rated by AV Preeminent for 2016. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of some of the commonly asked questions we receive at our firm and we have provided answers below.
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Should I Sue?
Whether or not you should sue is a personal decision that is entirely up to you. It is important to understand that the greater your injury is, the more reason the defense has to fight your claim. Even if you think you are partially at fault for the accident, you should consider contacting an attorney because recovery could still be possible.
How Can You Prove Negligence?
The ability to prove negligence requires skill and experience. Juries are often skeptical, and careful work is required to make a convincing case. Personal injury accidents are usually caused by someone's carelessness, failure to act, or outright negligence. Oftentimes, it is a combination of negligent acts or a failure to act by one or more persons or entities that causes an accident to occur. The law requires that each person owes every other person a duty to act as a reasonably prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances. When a person does not act reasonably, they have violated their duty and can be held legally responsible for any injury or damage that results.
What Compensation Am I Entitled To?
Damages can include payment of your medical bills (past, present, and future), compensation for loss of income and the ability to earn an income in the future, vocational rehabilitation, and compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, the spouse of a survivor may be entitled to compensation when an injury is so serious that it interferes with the spouse's relations.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
"Compensatory damages" describe the amounts recovered to compensate you for your actual losses and / or damages in a personal injury accident case. According to the courts, compensatory damages must be "reasonable."
What Are Punitive Damages?
Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer and make an example of the defendant. Punitive damages are not always paid and appellate courts often cut the amount of punitive damages down or even throw them out altogether. The risk of punitive damages could be incentive for the defense to agree on a higher settlement amount.
What Will Happen if I Choose the Wrong Personal Injury Lawyer?
The consequences of choosing an inexperienced or unqualified personal injury lawyer can be dire. You only have one case and one chance to handle it properly. You need an experienced and responsive personal injury attorney who returns phone calls and doesn't allow your case to sit for years if you wish to settle the matter in your favor.
How Do I Select a Bossier City Personal Injury Attorney Who's Right for Me?
The main thing to look for when selecting a personal injury lawyer is to evaluate the lawyer's track record in similar cases. Take a look at some reasons why you should consider hiring our firm.
What if I Can't Afford Legal Assistance?
Personal injury attorneys usually work on a contingency basis. This means the attorney will not charge you an upfront fee, but will instead charge you a percentage of the amount you recover when you get a settlement or verdict. Our firm works on a contingency basis so there's no risk to you when seeking our services. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis and if there is no recovery, there are no fees or costs to you.
What Happens if I Don't Have Enough Medical Coverage?
Our firm's founder, Joseph A. Gregorio, will work to maximize your medical coverage. Most people don't realize that even if you have medical coverage, many companies (such as the ambulance company, hospitals, doctors) are entitled to be reimbursed from your settlement. By working with your insurance company we are often able to reduce the amount of the repayment.
We encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience if you need a question answered that was not mentioned on this page.