At McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, our main focus is on personal injury disputes. We work hard to keep our clients involved and informed throughout the legal process. When you’ve been injured, it is important to know your legal options, which is why we’ve answered a few common questions about personal injury settlements below.
What Kind Of Personal Injury Cases Does McCoy & Sparks, PLLC, Handle?
What Is A Contingency Fee?
We usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we don’t win or settle your case, you owe us nothing.
Can Personal Injury Claims Pay For Medical Bills?
Yes, they can. Damages for personal injury claims include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Rental car expenses
- Impairment to earn future income
- Loss of consortium
Can I Ask My Attorney For A Copy Of The Settlement Check?
Yes, and you absolutely should. You should review your settlement check and the settlement breakdown sheet before the check is deposited. Normally, you are also required to endorse the check before it’s placed in your attorney’s trust account.
Can Parents Get Access To The Money From Their Child’s Settlement?
Parents usually don’t have access to children’s settlement money. This is to help ensure the money is used to benefit the child and not someone else. Typically, a court will place the child’s settlement money in a blocked bank account until the child turns 18. Sometimes withdrawals are allowed if funds are needed for the child’s well-being and care. Each settlement may have different restrictions, so consult your attorney.
How Do I Collect My Personal Injury Settlement?
If the money is coming from an insurance company, the process is simple. Your attorney will negotiate with the insurance company, and when the settlement is reached, the insurance company will send a check for the agreed damages. However, if the person who injured you is not insured, collecting is more difficult. Consult your attorney to learn more.
Is There A Minimum Personal Injury Settlement Amount?
There is no minimum or maximum settlement amount, but there are a lot of factors that contribute to how much you’re entitled to, such as:
- The nature and extent of the injury
- The amount of economic damages
- The length of time the injury is expected to last
- The conduct of the negligent party
Anytime that you are injured due to the negligent conduct of someone else, it’s a good idea to have your case reviewed. It’s free. So the idea of having a professional examine the situation would be a good idea. Now, if the injury is extraordinarily minor, if it is a tiny bruise on your elbow that just upset you, the fact that it happened, and I’ll be glad to talk to you about it and explain it to you, but the case wouldn’t merit action because there’s not enough harm to justify the resources that would have to be spent to make a recovery. So, there is a degree of injury analysis in every case. The injury has to be severe enough in order to merit the work on the case. But the problem is people in the community, they don’t know what’s severe enough. So anytime you’re injured, as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, then call us. We’ll talk to you about it, explain the situation and help you arrive at the conclusion of whether you should, or could, move forward.