In this episode of our podcast Kurt Holzer discusses the role of a lawyer in helping people injured in a car wreck.
The rules that apply when when somebody hurts you in a car wreck and you suffer damages are not the same ones you live with day-to-day. When a person drives negligently you have a right to recover damages. This is called third-party liability in the auto collision claims world So, the number one thing a Car Accident Lawyer Boise ID can do for you after a car wreck, is provide you guidance through this different world. You get help dealing with your auto and health insurance. We can help you get your needed healthcare and replacement of lost wages. It’s a process the lawyer guides you through that you won’t know how to navigate or get treated fairly on your own.
What happens if the insurance company is already offering me some money?
Insurance companies have engaged in a tactic for about a decade where they come in and offer money very quickly. Sign this form, release away your rights and we’ll move on. They’ve been pretty aggressive. Sometimes that’s the right thing to do, but most often it’s not. You want someone to assess your injuries and the other driver’s liability. You often need an experienced attorney to evaluate a fair and appropriate recovery. Initially, for the most part, the insurance company’s not going to that. They’re offer the least amount of money they can. Your attorney can walk in and say, “Hold on a second. You have a right to other sets of damages that aren’t being acknowledged.”
I’ve been in a car wreck. How much money can I get?
The “best” car wreck is one where you’re hurt the least and get the least amount of money. Damages are a direct function of how you’re impacted. The same injury can impact people differently. Let’s say a person sits on a couch changing the TV channel and they have a small injury to their leg that doesn’t let them run. It’s not significant to them. If they’re an athlete who wants to run five miles a day, that changes the value of the damages claim. Every claim is driven by actual injuries, cost of medical care and lost wages. A professional assessment is the number one thing attorneys provide in a car accident case.
How long is it going to take me to get paid for my accident?
It depends. If you’ve been slightly injured and recover quickly, that’s one thing. But, if you have a substantial injury and need multiple surgeries and extended follow-up care, then there’s a long-term impact. We want to let a claim “season” so we know actual injuries and how they’re impacted in five, ten or twenty years. The more complex the case, the longer it takes to settle.
How much do I have to pay an injury lawyer up front?
Kurt: “I can’t afford a lawyer. They’re too expensive.” We deal with that issue by providing our services on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay anything up front. There’s a percentage of the recovery that we work for, so the the Car Crash Lawyer Idaho and the injured person are partners in the claim. We have the same goal of maximizing the recovery. The traditional contingent fee process allows ordinary people real access to the courthouse, real access to justice.