Frequently Asked Personal Injury Lawsuit Questions

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1. Do I Have a Legal Claim

Generally, the law provides the opportunity for people to obtain compensation if someone else has wrongfully harmed them. For example, if you have been physically injured as a result of a careless or negligent act, then you may have the right to claim compensation for your injuries. If your company or business has been harmed by the actions of another, you may have the right to seek damages.

Every case is different and whether you have a valid claim depends upon the specific facts of your particular case as well as the applicable law. This is why it is important to consult with the experienced attorneys at Hallberg Law to discuss potential claims you may have.

2. The Nature and Extent of Damages

Even if you think someone has acted improperly, the injuries, losses and damages stemming from those improper actions may be minimal. The cost to bring a lawsuit may be more than what you could recover in damages.

3. Time Limits – Statute of Limitations

Every potential claim has a statute of limitations or a “window of time” in which you are allowed to commence or start a lawsuit. These time limits vary widely depending on the state in which you live and on the nature of your case i.e. does you claim involve an auto accident injury, medical malpractice or product liability claim. Does it involve a breach of contract? Does it involve wrongful employment termination? There are also circumstances where you must provide early notice of your claim, such as when a governmental entity is involved. Knowing the time limitations applicable to your claim is critical because if a claim is not brought before the statute of limitations has run or proper notice has not been provided, your claim is likely to be barred forever.

4. Your Best Interests – Will the potential damages outweigh the costs of the lawsuit?

Even if you have sustained injuries, damages or losses, and even if it is apparent that someone else caused those injuries, damages or losses, bringing a lawsuit may not always be in your best interest. Lawsuits take significant time and energy can take their toll on the parties involved, financially, emotionally, and sometimes physically. At Hallberg Law, we put the interests of our clients first and if we believe the potential cost of going to trial or bringing a lawsuit are not in your best interests, we will let you know so that you can make an informed decision about your case.

5. Will I have to go to court?

Not necessarily. Many cases are settled. Settlement can happen at any time after a claim has been made, or as late as during trial. Our approach is to treat each case as though it will go to trial.

6. What are your fees?

If the case is investigated and found to have merit, we will inform you what we believe to be a reasonable contingency fee.

Please understand that the applicable bar regulations require our clients to pay the expenses of the litigation. We are permitted under the cannons of ethics to advance all necessary litigation expenses, but please understand those expenses will be recouped and recovered from your portion of the successful outcome of the case.

7. If I have been referred to you by another lawyer, does that mean my case is going to cost me more money?

No. Many of our clients are referred to us by other lawyers and any referral fee to those lawyers will be paid out of our attorney's fees. You will be not be required to pay additional money.

8. How long will this process take?

The answer depends on the case. Most cases are completed (unless there is an appeal or other delay) within 15 months of the case being filed in court.

9. Will you take my case?

We can only accept cases with merit that we believe we can win. We end up turning down more cases than we take. Sometimes the merit of a case can be determined almost immediately. In other instances, we need additional time, effort, and investigation to establish whether a case has merit. If your case is found not to have merit, we will notify you as soon as we can make that determination.

10. How much is my case worth?

There are many factors that go into evaluating the value of any particular. Each case is different and it is impossible to provide a specific dollar figure for any claim. No attorney can ever guarantee you will obtain compensation for your case or that you will receive a certain amount of compensation. The experienced attorneys at Hallberg Law have vast experience in evaluating potential claims and can provide you with an honest evaluation of your claim and provide general guidelines regarding similar verdicts and settlements.

In personal injury cases, "damages" is a term that refers to the amount of money awarded by a jury to the injured party (plaintiff) who suffered harm due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional action of the defendant. Damages can be grouped as either non-economic and economic damages. Damages flow naturally from the losses that were caused by a defendant's wrongful action.

The value of a case depends on a number of different variables, including but not limited to:

1. The facts of your case
2. The injuries, damages, or losses you sustained
3. The state where your injuries, damages, or losses were sustained

Depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to recover economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages can be calculated and include losses such as past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss or loss of earning capacity, In wrongful death cases, funeral and burial costs may be recovered.

Non-economic damages can be awarded in many cases, and can include payments for emotional distress and anguish. They can include payments for loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering, in the case of personal injury.

It is important to understand that each case is unique and the value of your claim will depend on a wide variety of factors. For an evaluation of your potential case, please contact us.

For more specific information about the types of cases we handle, please see Our Results page.