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Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you want to make good decisions to make sure that you get the most cash and benefits you have coming. One of the best decisions you can make is to hire an attorney to represent you and your interests. However, before you hire an attorney, there are some important questions you should ask first.
Why should I hire a lawyer?
If you ask the insurance company whether you need a lawyer to handle your claim, their response will often be, ‘I am sure we can come to a reasonable settlement without a lawyer.’ You should ask yourself, why doesn’t the insurance company want me to hire a lawyer? The simple answer is insurance companies know, in most cases, lawyers will obtain higher settlements for accident victims than victims who don’t hire an attorney.
How should I choose a lawyer?
The first thing to look for when choosing a lawyer to represent you is experience in personal injury cases. Injury cases often involve complex and difficult negotiations. You need a law firm that has many years of experience, has successfully settled thousands of personal injury cases, and is one you can trust.
Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer has done just that. We limit our practice to personal injury cases and fighting for the rights of injured victims. Our professional staff of attorneys, paralegals, secretaries and investigators, will work efficiently and effectively to handle your personal injury case from beginning to end.
Not only do you need a law firm with extensive personal injury experience, you also need to hire a law firm that you can trust. Before you hire a lawyer, ask them to furnish you with testimonials signed by his clients indicating their satisfaction with the law firm and the settlement they received. A law firm should be more than willing to provide those testimonials. Read our client testimonials. You’ll see that you’re likely facing the same challenges they did and how GLR helped them.
Can I afford a lawyer?
You can’t afford not to hire a lawyer. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. The Insurance Research Council studies show that accident victims who are represented by a lawyer (4) receive gross settlements three times higher than those who are not represented by an attorney. Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer clients do not pay a fee unless we win their case. Insurance companies have their own adjusters and lawyers working and looking out for their best interest.You deserve to have an experienced lawyer looking out for your best interest.
How long do I need to go to the doctor?
You need to see a doctor until you feel the way you did before the accident. Insurance companies will only pay you money for your pain and suffering during the length of time you see a physician. In order for you to get paid for all your pain and suffering, you need to see your doctor until you are completely recovered or until your doctor has released you from care. If your doctor advises you that your injuries are permanent, we will discuss how you can get paid for your future pain and suffering.
If I had pain prior to the accident, but my pain is now worse, am I legally entitled to a settlement?
Yes. The law provides that even if you had pain prior to your accident, you are entitled to compensation for any increased pain as a result of your accident. However, if you had pre-existing injuries, your case becomes more complex. Often, pre-existing injuries are the result of other accidents. In these situations, it’s important to seek legal advice immediately. Your lawyer will need to give you advice about how the law compensates you for your increased pain and suffering.
Contact us today. There’s no cost to talk or meet with us – and there’s no fee unless you win.
How much money will I get?
The size of your settlement depends on a number of facts. The most important are your physical and emotional injuries. Other considerations are medical bills, lost wages, mileage and loss of companionship. Depending on the specific facts of the case, there can be other factors that can affect your settlement.
However, no settlement will be accepted without your approval. We will discuss each and every offer with you and give you advice about the fairness of the settlement. Any lawyer who promises you a specific dollar amount, without knowing all the facts, is making an impossible and unethical promise.
Who decides how much to settle my case for?
The simple answer is you. While our attorneys will provide you with their professional opinion regarding your particular case, you’re in charge of your case. Only when you are satisfied with the settlement amount that we negotiate for you, is your case settled. If you do not like the settlement offer from the insurance company, our attorneys will give you their professional advice on filing a lawsuit for you.
How long will it take to settle my case?
The amount of time it takes to settle a personal injury case depends on the unique facts and circumstances of each case. No two cases are exactly alike. If a lawyer tries to settle your case before getting all of the facts concerning the injuries and damages you have suffered, you may not get a fair settlement. When all of the facts have been determined,Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer will work to settle your case as quickly as possible.
Other lawyers have turned me down. How do I know if I really have a case?
The first thing to do is to contact us. You’re under no obligation and there’s no cost to you. Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer are aggressive personal injury lawyers, who often handle cases that other law firms have turned down.
Insurance companies have a good idea which law firms will or will not file lawsuits. We believe our aggressive approach has enabled us to settle many cases that other law firms decided not to handle. We encourage you to review our client testimonials. You’ll see that many of our clients may have started with another law firm, but moved their cases to GLR and received very favorable settlements.
What if the person who caused the accident does not have insurance?
In some cases, other insurance coverage will compensate you for your injuries and damages. Often there is additional insurance coverage that insurance companies do not want you to know about. This coverage most often applies when you are riding in an uninsured vehicle or hit by an uninsured motorist. During your case, our experienced team of lawyers will advise you on all available insurance coverage.
What if I don't have health insurance?
If you don’t have your own health insurance, you still have the right to seek medical treatment for your injuries. GLR will advise you on your options for obtaining medical treatment. In many instances other insurance policies will provide medical coverage. You may not even be aware these policies may cover you. Also, medical providers will often not bill you for medical treatment if the at-fault person has insurance.
Do I need to pay a fee to my law firm if they help me get my vehicle fixed?
Absolutely not. At Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer, we’ll help you to get your vehicle fixed without charging you any attorney’s fee. We will make all the calls necessary to the insurance company to arrange for your vehicle to be fixed. While your car is being fixed, we will help you set up a rental car and help you get reimbursed for any towing charges and storage fees. In the event of a total loss, we’ll negotiate the settlement for the value of your vehicle, without charging you any fees.
What kind of cases does Gendlin & Liverman handle?
Virtually all the cases GLR handles involve car, truck and motorcycle personal injury accidents. While we do handle some injury cases involving slip and falls, defective products, nursing home negligence and workers compensation, our primary focus is vehicle accidents. Our team of lawyers has over 50 years of combined experience handling injury cases.
Because we concentrate on personal injury cases and have successfully represented thousands of injured victims from start to finish, we’re able to keep up-to-date on all the newest laws and innovations, and provide the best possible service. Most insurance companies know of our experience and this allows our clients to receive top settlements.
Do you have client testimonials?
Absolutely. We like to refer to them as Client Stories. Just like you, they suffered severe injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. They turned to Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer and we helped them to get all the cash and benefits they deserved.
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throughout my case. I have them as my family's attorney for personal injuries, property damage and they all were completely AND SINCERELY upfront, honest and always explained the possibilities, whether in my favor or not. I've never had to hunt our attorney down either. THANK YOU AGAIN LOU FOR HELPING US ALL!!
Attorney Lincoln Murphy and his staff were very humble and patient towards me. He consistently used verbiage I could understand. He also used means of communication most convenient for me. The services Attorney Murphy provides are excellent and I would return to him if I ever need any legal advice in the future.
I want to thank Tim Rymer and GLR for a great job they did on my and my son's accident case. It was extremely difficult case, but they fought hard and were able to get us a settlement. Tammy, the paralegal, was always so kind and helpful. I strongly recommend them to anyone who has been hurt in an accident.
lot and stuck us. We sustained multiple fractures. My wife had been in and accident previously where Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer had helped her. They did a great job so we immediately called them again. As expected, they did another great job. I pray it won't happen again, but we always know who to call. I highly recommend them.
I was in a car accident and I was referred to them by my friend. They have been wonderful and attentive to how I am feeling and what my progress was during rehabilitation after my car accident. I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking represent you after you are in a car accident. Excellent service and very professional!
I would like to than Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer specifically Attorney Louis Baureis for a job well done. We knew it was an uphill battle because of a pretty significant pre-existing condition. Although the end result wasn't what we expected it was a positive outcome. Thank you Lou and GLR for your legal representation . It has been a pleasure, I highly recommend GLR.