We will use our vast resources, including our relationships with qualified medical providers and insurance company claims contacts,to provide the best possible result for each and every client. Our office is committed to vigorously prosecuting our client’s cases to obtain every dollar owed and we do not rest until a full recovery is received on our client’s behalf.
We also work with our clients to ensure coordination of coverage through all health insurance and auto insurance policies available to ensure maximum recovery.
Our firm is committed to litigating your case to its fullest extent in a variety of courts,including appellate courts, in order to fully protect our client’s best interests. Our firm also accepts personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning our firm only receives an attorney fee if our clients recover and not otherwise.
Question: How long to I have to file a personal injury case?
Answer: In both Massachusetts and New Hampshire there is a 3 year statute of limitations for most tort/negligence actions. There are the some exceptions to this rule and it is important that you speak to an attorney immediately after your injury to understand the time frames applicable to your particular action.
Question: What is my case worth?
Answer: No lawyer can tell you the value of your case at the time of case inception. The value of your case is driven by the liability on the part of the defendant coupled with your damages which can be both medical, mental and economic. Generally speaking, cases with more severe injuries and lengthier periods of medical treatment have a higher value than case that only involve short term medical care.
Question: How do you evaluate the value of my case?
Answer: At the Law Offices of Andrew J. Schultz, P.C. we only represent plaintiffs but we have a strong prior background in both plaintiff work and insurance defense work so we certainly understand how insurance companies view injury cases. There is no set formula for determining the value of a personal injury case; we merely try to anticipate what a jury would award from our years of experience in the field. Factors that are looked at when determining the value of a case include the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, the liability or comparative liability on the part of both the plaintiff and defendant, the medical care and duration of treatment, the plaintiff’s injuries and whether they are of a permanent nature, the plaintiff’s lost wages as a result of the injuries, the plaintiff’s future potential lost wages as a result of the injuries and the plaintiff’s pain and suffering.
Question: Will my own private health insurance have a lien on my settlement?
Answer: It is very possible that your own health insurance will effectuate a lien on any personal injury case you might have and it is important you advise your attorney of any such lien notice once received from your health insurer. Our office will work with your health insurer in an effort to mitigate all liens and obtain reductions as appropriate to ensure maximum recovery to you on any case.
Question: Do I have pay an attorney fee for legal representation in a personal injury case?
Answer: While you may choose to retain our office via an hourly fee, the vast majority of our clients choose to retain our services on a contingency fee basis which means they will only pay an attorney fee from any monies earned and will not owe any attorney fee in the event that there is no recovery their case. This is often the most cost effective way for injured individuals to retain a qualified attorney on a case as it generally involves no outlay of upfront monies.
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