Questions I Am Often Asked About Personal Injury Cases
I am attorney George C. Kezemides, the sole practitioner at George C. Kezemides, P.A., and keeping my clients informed is a large part of how I prepare them for their injury claim process. At your free initial consultation after an accident, I encourage you to bring me your questions such as those below.
How long is this going to take?
First, I will conduct an investigation into your car accident or any accidental injury. I will then prepare to present your case to claims adjusters, a judge or a jury. I may file your injury claim through a civil court. It could take anywhere from six to 18 months or your legal opponent may offer to settle out of court even sooner.
What is my case worth?
A judge and jury will likely consider the following factors when deciding whether to award you money and, if so, how much:
- Outstanding past medical bills
- Your doctors’ projection as to your future needs for physical therapy and follow-up care such as surgeries
- Whether you’ve missed work and how much you have lost in wages
- Whether you will have a loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering, both past and as projected for the future
While your medical bills and lost wages may be quantified objectively, your pain and suffering are subjective. I will help explain to decision-makers the nature of your pain and suffering.
How are pain and suffering defined?
Naturally, different people experience different types and degrees of pain and suffering. In settlement conferences or in court, I will communicate persuasively what your losses have meant to you. For example, are you no longer able to pursue your favorite activities? Through charts, photos and other visual presentations, I will bring your story to life before claims adjusters or a judge and jury.
Why does it matter whether I was wearing a seat belt?
If you weren’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the car or truck crash, a jury might believe you were partially at fault for your own injuries. They may award you less as a result.
How Can I Get Answers To My Unique Questions?
I look forward to meeting with you and learning about your concerns directly.