Personal Injury FAQs

How do I know if I have a Personal Injury claim?

If you have received a physical injury due to the negligence of another through no fault of your own, then you may have a civil claim against the at-fault party.

What is a statue of limitations?

For cases involving negligence, the statue of limitations is two years from the date of the injury.

How long can I expect to wait before settling my claim?

There is no specific waiting period for a claim to settle. However you should never engage in settlement negotiations until you have been released from medical treatment or you are otherwise realistically aware of the full extent of your injury. Future medical costs that would be associated with future medical treatment of your injuries must always be considered before settling a claim.

What will it cost me to hire a lawyer?

Lawyers usually charge a percentage of the civil recovery plus costs associated with bringing suit. Gayheart and Willis, P.C. charges 25% of the amount recovered if the case is settled without filing suit and usually 33.3% if it is necessary to file suit and litigate your case.

Should I talk to the insurance company for the responsible party?

Depending on the extent of your injury, it may be best to settle your claim with the insurance company without legal representation if your injury is slight. Nevertheless, it is always best to confer with an attorney about the negotiation process with insurance companies.