Personal Injury FAQs
- Does it matter when I contact a personal injury lawyer?
- What about confidentiality?
- Do I need a personal injury lawyer for my accident?
- What role does a doctor have in a personal injury claim?
- How much should my claim be for?
- How much time will my case take?
Does it matter when I contact a personal injury lawyer?
Time is on the side of the insurance companies, as a general rule. They know that state laws set time limits on pursuing personal injury claims, so they will try to use delaying tactics against you. These limits are called statutes of limitation.
There are also time limits involved in the workers compensation claim process, as well as the Social Security Disability insurance claim process. You need to act promptly to avoid negating your claim. Having experienced legal representation throughout the process will ensure no errors are made and no deadlines missed.
What about confidentiality?
You do not have to worry about the extent of your injuries or terms of your settlement becoming public information. Your employer or any other party will not have access to any information that you disclose to your attorney without your consent. This is what’s known as “attorney/client privilege.” Missouri law guarantees that your communication with Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave will remain confidential.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer for my accident?
Seeking financial compensation can be a complicated and time-consuming process. Any large company, government agency, or insurance company is bound to have professional negotiators and lawyers who will try to deny your right to an injury claim. Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you makes a fair resolution much more likely and much less stressful. How else will you know how big a settlement you are entitled to?
What role does a doctor have in a personal injury claim?
At Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave, we frequently rely on medical experts to support the claims of our injury victim clients. If we take your case, any information regarding your health condition remains strictly confidential as attorney/client communication.
That said, do not act in any way that worsens your medical condition in an effort to elevate the amount of a personal injury or workers comp claim. Seek appropriate medical attention for any injury. All medical decisions relating to your injury should be handled as a medical decision, not a legal one.
How much should my claim be for?
There is no standard formula that says what one injury settlement will be in relation to another. In some cases, the injury victim may be partially responsible for the action but still be able to collect a substantial settlement for his or her injury or loss.
We cannot promise you a specific dollar amount, but we can promise you this figure: 100%. That is the commitment and amount of effort and determination the lawyers of Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave will apply in your case. We will not stop fighting to maximize your compensation, regardless of the circumstances and extent of your injury.
How much time will my case take?
Some cases may settle in a matter of a week or two. Some cases may be bound by certain periods of review or appeal that specify a certain amount of time. Others may last for months or longer.
Of course, you want reassurance that you will not have to endure prolonged economic hardship as a result of your injury. However, please recognize that the insurance companies will try to use this against you. Settling too soon may produce a settlement that does not reflect the full extent of your losses. Nobody will fight harder to see that you are compensated appropriately than we will.
Make the call to (800) 887-4030 or email Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave right away. The initial consultation is free, and you don’t have to pay us until you win your case. Fighting hard for your rights in a personal injury case takes more than being angry. It takes being well prepared and experienced in personal injury law. We are ready to make a difference for you.