Answers to Your Personal Injury FAQ From an Experienced Kent Lawyer
Attorney Zach Herschensohn gets injury victims top compensation
Whether you or someone you love suffered harm in a personal injury accident, you probably have a lot of the same questions that other accident victims have. Through attentive, aggressive, and effective representation, Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area. Read the answers to these frequently asked questions – and if you’ve been injured in an accident due to negligence, be sure to get Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC in your corner right away. Get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.
- What is a contingency fee agreement?
- Do I need a personal injury attorney?
- How much does it cost to talk to a personal injury lawyer?
- When should I contact a personal injury attorney?
- What should I bring to my meeting with a personal injury lawyer?
- Should I accept the insurance company’s first settlement offer?
- Who else can I talk to about my accident?
- Can I file a personal injury lawsuit on my own?
- What should I do if I was injured while visiting from out of state?
- What is the average payout for a personal injury claim?
A contingency fee agreement is an agreement between you and our law firm that explains how we get paid. Rather than billing clients at an hourly rate, we charge a percentage of the payout you receive from your cash settlement or jury verdict. That means your fees will be contingent upon what we win you in compensation. What makes a contingency fee agreement so beneficial is you don’t owe us anything unless we win. If we do win your case, then and only then will you be charged a percentage of your award to pay us for our services. That’s because at the Herschensohn Law Firm, we believe everyone should have access to honest legal advice and exceptional representation, regardless of your finances.
If you or someone you love suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay for your damages. Unfortunately, a lot of insurance companies give injury victims a hard time. They’ll make lowball settlement offers and question the extent of your injuries – all in an effort to pay you as little as possible so they can pad their own pockets. A personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and demand compensation that’s fair. If they refuse to cooperate, an attorney can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit in court. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a skilled negotiator and accomplished trial attorney who will advocate for you and fight for your best interests.
At the Herschensohn Law Firm, we offer a free consultation to all potential clients. There are no obligations, and it is 100 percent free of charge. During your free consultation, we will listen to you, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and give you honest advice as to whether or not we think your case is worth pursuing. If you do end up hiring us to represent you, it still won’t cost you anything unless we win your case. That’s because we work for clients on a contingency fee basis.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you should contact our law firm as soon as possible to protect your rights. First, it’s critical for us to begin investigating your accident right away. The sooner you hire us to represent you, the sooner we can gather physical evidence, track down witnesses, review police reports, and continue to take steps to build a strong case on your behalf. Second, the longer you wait, the more you run the risk of losing out on the compensation you’re entitled to. There are strict deadlines regarding personal injury claims, and you only have a limited amount of time to initiate a lawsuit under the statute of limitations.
After you’ve scheduled your free consultation, you should bring a few things with you to your meeting so we can get a head start on your case, including:
- Any medical documents given to you at the emergency room / doctor’s office
- Documents given to you by police at the scene of the accident
- Any photos or videos you took as evidence
- All the information you have about the parties involved in your accident
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses
- The at-fault party’s insurance information and your insurance information
- A list of questions you may have for us
- Anything else you feel might be relevant to your case
It’s usually not a good idea to accept the first cash settlement offer an insurance company makes to you because the initial offer is often much lower than what you’re entitled to. You have a right to negotiate for more money, even though most insurance companies don’t want you to know that. Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn is a master negotiator who knows how to handle the insurance company to get you the highest amount of compensation possible. He’s also willing to take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to make you an offer that’s fair.
It’s important to avoid talking about your accident with any of the parties involved because anything you say to them could potentially be used against you down the road to challenge your claim. You should never post anything about your accident online or on social media, as those comments can also come back to haunt you. Finally, it’s critical that you refuse to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster without first speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney. Politely decline to answer any questions and refer them to your lawyer.
While you aren’t legally required to hire an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may face a lot of challenges and discover it’s more work than you thought it would be. A lot of personal injury lawsuits are complicated and have unique circumstances where a comprehensive understanding of the law is needed to produce a positive outcome. Additionally, statistics show that those who hire a lawyer to represent them receive more on average in compensation compared to those who don’t. Since you can receive legal representation on a contingency fee basis – meaning you don’t pay anything unless the law firm wins your case – there’s little to lose and much to gain by hiring a personal injury attorney.
If you were injured in Washington state but you don’t live here, it’s a good idea to contact our law firm to go over your legal options. Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn has a firm grasp of the laws in Washington and can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Your personal injury claim could be worth hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions. It all depends on the specific details of your case and the extent of your injuries. While no two cases are ever exactly the same, you could be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses / Future care
- Lost wages from missed time at work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Replacement services, such as housekeeping and childcare
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma / mental anguish
- Punitive damages
The best way to get a good idea of what your claim might be worth is to let Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn review the details of your case. Contact us today for your free consultation.