8 Common Questions About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The personal injury attorneys at The Halvorsen Law Firm, based in St. Louis, Missouri, understand that when an injured person is looking to file a lawsuit they have a lot of questions. Here are the top 8 questions we get asked most frequently.
What is the fee for my case?We represent you on a contingency fee basis. Most personal injury attorneys do the same. You do not need to worry about paying us up front for anything, including the initial consultation. We are paid a percentage of the recovery you receive. Therefore, you do not owe us anything unless we win your case. A very large majority of personal injury attorneys operate this way.
Are there costs involved in handling my case?Yes. Some costs in your case may include filing fees, deposition fees, obtaining medical records and physician reports, hiring experts, postage, copying, travel, trial exhibits and witness fees. Most personal injury attorneys advance these costs on your behalf but you are only obligated to pay those back if you win your case.
What do I owe you if I do not win my case?Nothing. In the unlikely event you do not receive a recovery, the attorney's time and any costs the firm incurred are waived.
Do I have to go to court?Not necessarily. Many personal injury cases can be resolved prior to filing a lawsuit or going to court.
Who pays for my medical bills?If you have health insurance or medical coverage on your auto insurance then they pay your medical bills for your treatment during your case. If you do not have insurance, there are doctors, clinics and hospitals who will treat you and ask for payment when you win your case. Please consult with us if you do not have insurance, as it is critical that you get medical treatment for your injuries.
Do I have to pay back my medical bills paid by insurance?If your medical bills are paid through your health insurance, auto insurance, or any other medical assistance program, your providers will want to be reimbursed out of your recovery for the moneys they paid on your behalf. This is called subrogation. If an insurance company notifies us of a subrogation claim, we are obligated to pay them out of the settlement or verdict. If your medical bills are not fully covered by health insurance, auto insurance, or other medical assistance program, you are responsible for payment of these bills either during or at the end of your case.
How long will it take for my case to resolve?Every case is different. The amount of time your case takes to resolve depends on a number of variables including:
a. The length of time it takes for you to complete your medical treatment;
b. The complexity of your injuries;
c. The defendant's insurance company and its policy limits; and
d. Whether or not your case settles before filing a lawsuit.
What is the value of my case?Each case is different and must be evaluated on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. Some of the determining factors include:
a. Severity of injuries;
b. Emotional or mental suffering;
c. Permanent physical impairment;
d. Past and future lost wages, financial loss, and economic hardship; and
e. Past and future costs for medical treatment.