Commonly Asked Personal Injury Questions


personal injury FAQ

At the Goldsboro personal injury law firm of Strickland, Agner & Associates, we have fielded many questions posed to us by our clients. In the area of personal injury law, there are some recurring themes among our clients, and some common questions that we hear almost on a daily basis.

If you or someone you care for has suffered serious personal injuries due to someone else’s fault, these frequently asked questions and answers are offered for your information. If you have been injured in an accident in Goldsboro or surrounding areas and believe you may have a claim for damages against the responsible party, please contact us today for a free consultation. We will be happy to answer the specific questions you may have.

How much could I recover on my personal injury claim?

Obviously, this is a top concern for many injured people, as they struggle with the decision of whether to hire an attorney while they balance their bills and provide for their families during their physical recovery. As you can imagine, a straight answer depends on a review of the facts in your case and the nature of your injuries and chances for recovery.  We can sometimes provide a general estimate of a case’s value, but there are many factors to consider when evaluating a client’s personal injury claim. If you contact us for a free evaluation, we may be able to provide an estimate of what types of damages you may be entitled to recover after discussing all of the facets of your case.

How long will my personal injury case take?

This is another important factor many injured people consider when deciding whether to bring a personal injury lawsuit. It is not always possible to predict exactly how long it will take for your case to go from filing to final judgment or settlement. It depends on many factors and the facts of your particular case. During a consultation with one of our Goldsboro injury attorneys, we may be able to estimate how long your case will take if nothing out of the ordinary crops up during the life of your case.

How much does a Goldsboro personal injury attorney cost?

In Goldsboro personal injury lawsuits, attorneys customarily charge what is known as a “contingency fee.” A contingency fee is nothing more than a different way of saying a percentage of the total amount we recover for our client. If we can recover financial compensation for you, the amount of the attorney’s fee will be equal to a percentage that we both agree on at the time you hire one of our attorneys. This will be discussed during your consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Should I sign a release?

If you are involved in a personal injury claim, it is advisable to seek an attorney’s review before you sign any release or other documents. Signing a release without proper advice could cost you thousands later in unforeseen costs or medical expenses. You should never sign a release without reading it, understanding it and having an experienced personal injury lawyer in Goldsboro, NC review it with you. The insurance companies or other liable parties in your case may approach you in order to settle your case under the guise of speedy resolution. They may tempt you into signing a release by use of guilt or other underhanded tactics. This is understandable if you look at it from a business standpoint, as it is the insurance adjuster’s job to keep the company’s payout as low as possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who will look out for your best interests, not those of the insurance company.

Should I talk with the insurance company that keeps calling me?

You should never speak with an investigator from an insurance company without your lawyer’s advice. There is no reason why you have to answer questions during a telephone or in-person meeting with your insurance company, or anyone else for that matter, without the ability to consult with your North Carolina personal injury lawyer. Always consult with an attorney first, and depending on the nature of the interview with the insurance company, have an attorney present with you when you submit to questions. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, as answering a question in the wrong way can do irreparable harm to your case, potentially costing you thousands of dollars.

Will my personal injury case go to trial?

Your case will go to trial only if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer that covers your losses. Many times a case does not need to proceed to a trial, due to the nature of the case and willingness on the part of the liable parties to be reasonable and submit fair settlement offers. When an offer of settlement is received, you and your attorney will sit down and calculate the cost and potential benefit of going to trial and the likelihood of success. An experienced Goldsboro personal injury attorney will be able to determine that with you and help you come to a decision as to whether to go to trial or accept the offer.

How do I know if I need a lawyer?

Quite frankly, if you are asking this question, you need a lawyer. We will be happy to discuss your case with you and we will not charge for the initial consultation. It never hurts to talk to a lawyer to determine what your true rights are.

An insurance company is offering me a settlement. Why not accept it now?

If you have been contacted by an insurance company shortly after you were injured, the insurance company is trying to low-ball you, that is, pay you less than what your claim may be worth. They are hoping that you will accept a quick settlement without fully investigating or considering the facts of the case or your medical situation. Often, what may appear to be a moderate injury could, after a fuller review of the case and further medical treatment, turn out to be significant and permanent injury. You owe it to yourself to make sure that you settle your case knowing all significant factors.

I don’t think I did anything wrong and the insurance company wants me to give a statement. Should I?

No! Often folks are inexperienced in answering the questions that insurance adjusters will ask during a “recorded statement.” Though the adjusters say they are just trying to determine the “facts”, they are really looking for a basis to deny your claim and to deny you fair compensation for your injuries. Before you give a recorded statement that can be used against you later, talk to us!

What do I need to do about my car’s damage and I will need a car rental?

We can help you with the property damage aspect of your claim. We can make sure that suitable replacement parts are used for your vehicle and we can ensure that you are provided fair compensation for the loss of use of your vehicle and for the reduction in value because of the auto accident. We can make sure that you get a rental vehicle for as long as you need one while your car is being repaired.

Why should I choose Strickland, Agner & Associates over any other law firm?

You should choose an attorney that you feel comfortable working with. When you choose this law firm, you will be talking directly to the attorney handling your case. We are intimately involved in all aspects of your case. You will not be handed off to a “case manager”. You will not be treated as just another accident case. We will give you a candid analysis of your case and, if the insurance company is not offering a fair settlement, we will take your case to trial. Remember, the ultimate decision-maker in your case will be a jury. We prepare every case as if we were going to trial!

Contact Strickland, Agner & Associates today to schedule a free consultation, get answers to your individual questions and get legal advice about your potential personal injury claim in North Carolina. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and recover the maximum amount of money that you deserve for your injuries. Remember that you do not pay us any attorney’s fee unless we recover financial compensation for you.