DO I REALLY NEED A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
Yes. Rest assured the insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying for damages in personal injury cases. This includes not only hiring attorneys to represent them, but spending countless dollars training claims adjusters, hiring lobbyists to represent their interests, and securing specialists and experts to speak in their favor. It’s important that you level the playing field by hiring the right personal injury attorneys to protect your interests and ensure you receive a fair settlement.
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER?
Patience is a virtue, but not beneficial when it comes to representation in a personal injury case. The longer you wait after being in an accident, the easier it becomes for insurance companies to exploit your rights. The sooner you hire an attorney, the quicker you can turn your focus to healing from the injuries you have suffered. Additionally, Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers charges only contingency fees in personal injury cases, so there’s no financial benefit in waiting. Put us to work for you right away.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE WILLOUGHBY SHULMAN INJURY LAWYERS?
Eric Willoughby and Steve Shulman were both raised in Las Vegas. They have an extensive knowledge of Nevada law, and they solely practice in the field of personal injury. Their expertise and experience yields the best possible results for clients. Helping people is what drives Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers to provide the best legal representation available in Southern Nevada.
WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers doesn’t charge by the hour for personal injury cases. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t collect a dime unless you do, and we only take a percentage of the negotiated settlement or judgment. Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers also advances costs interest free. This means you won’t incur any out-of-pocket expenses as your case progresses. Once you consider that, instead of wondering whether you can afford a lawyer, you’ll realize you can’t afford to be without one.
WHAT SHOULD I DO FOLLOWING A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION?
Get the medical care you need immediately. Your health always takes precedence. Worrying about legal ramifications is a secondary concern. Getting treated is always the first order of business.
Oftentimes the trauma of an accident will leave a victim disoriented and he or she won’t realize the full extent of injuries suffered. What appears to be just a headache could have lingering effects that need to be properly assessed and diagnosed by health care professionals. Soreness on the outside could actually be the result of internal injuries. Don’t refuse medical care at the scene. Don’t turn away hospital tests because you are starting to feel better, or think they may be unnecessary. And don’t worry about what your health insurance will cover or let that impact whether tests are run or treatment is rendered.
After you’ve received ample medical care, your next move is to call Willoughby Shulman Injury Attorneys. We’ll help you get records from police reports, physicians’ assessments, and any relevant medical tests (such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc.,) from your accident. This documentation is vital to your case (and another reason not to delay or refuse medical treatment after any accident).
We’ll also help with the circumstances of the accident that aren’t health- or injury-related, starting with recovering your vehicle and notifying insurers of potential claims. We’ll help sort out the liability issues and start to dissect the key elements in your case, from who’s at fault to the number of injuries and total coverage available for every victim. Determining whether there was negligence involved goes beyond a police report. Willoughby Shulman Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you get the best possible representation, giving you peace of mind while you recover from both your injuries and the traumatic experience of a motor vehicle accident.
HOW MUCH IS MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM WORTH?
Every case is different, and establishing your claim’s worth is dependent on numerous variables – including the severity of injuries and their impact on your ability to work, the length of time it will take to recover, the treatment required, vehicle damage and more. Be wary of any lawyer willing to tell you what your case is worth at the initial meeting. Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers has the experience and expertise necessary to properly value your claim, and will use these skills to ensure you are properly compensated.
HOW FAST CAN I COLLECT MY AWARD SETTLEMENT?
DO I NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY AND CAN I CHOOSE WHICH DOCTOR I SEE?
Yes, and yes. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. This is both to ensure your long-term health and to prevent insurance companies from using any delays in treatment as leverage in claiming that injuries you suffered weren’t caused by your accident. You are free to see your personal primary care physician or any doctor you trust for medical treatment. In cases where you don’t have a preferred doctor, Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers can suggest one for you, but the doctor you ultimately choose and the medical treatment you receive is always your decision. The sooner you are treated, the better – both for your case, and more importantly, your recovery.
HOW WILL MY MEDICAL EXPENSES BE PAID?
This is always a concern, particularly for someone without health insurance who is the victim of an accident. Many people believe their only choice is to face thousands in medical bills they can’t afford. Don’t assume that a lack of health insurance means you will have to suffer without the necessary care you need to return to good health. At Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers, we can help you find medical facilities and physicians who will treat you and defer payment until your case is settled, without dealing with co-pays, deductibles, or any expenses you are unprepared to handle while you focus on healing.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO GET TREATMENT?
Naturally, the length of treatment depends on the extent of your injuries, but the goal is to return to the same level of health you had before the accident, regardless of how long that may take. In cases where injuries are severe enough that it’s not possible to regain your full health, Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers will pursue additional money from insurance companies to treat potential future complications.
WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?
Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers will do everything possible to get you the maximum settlement without requiring you appear in a courtroom; but in some cases it can’t be avoided. When a client needs to appear in court in a personal injury case, it’s often when there are disputes over multiple factors, including liability, the cause of injuries, damages–and the courtroom is the only setting in which the case can be fairly resolved. While many clients may be hesitant to go to court, it is important that you retain attorneys willing to take cases to court, or the insurance will never pay a fair amount.
DOES HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD AFFECT MY CASE?
Only in very rare instances will a criminal record be allowed into evidence, since in almost all personal injury cases, the criminal offense has nothing to do with the accident in question. If you are injured in an accident, don’t let past transgressions keep you from filing a personal injury claim.
IF I’M UNHAPPY WITH MY CURRENT ATTORNEYS, CAN I CHANGE FIRMS?
You have the option to change attorneys, but keep in mind that the longer your current attorney has been working on your case, the more difficult it becomes to switch representation. Do your homework in advance and when searching for an attorney, remember that personal injury cases are a specialized field, so look for lawyers with specific expertise in these cases. Willoughby Shulman Injury Lawyers are veteran litigators who excel in handling all forms of personal injury cases, giving our clients the very best in legal representation.