What Do You Want To Know About Personal Injuries?
After going through an accident and suffering a serious injury, you probably have countless questions about how to pay your bills, whether you should file a lawsuit and what to know about the insurance process. You can turn to Law Offices of T. Michael Flinn, where Mr. Flinn can answer your questions personally. On this page, he has taken the time to reply to some of his clients’ most common questions about the personal injury law process. To ask him your questions in person or over the phone, reach out to him at his office in Carrollton.
Do I have a case?
A lawyer needs to speak to you to find out. Each case is fact-specific. Michael Flinn is trained to analyze and evaluate fact patterns and look to establish liability for those who injure you through carelessness. Call him at 770-832-0300 for a free phone evaluation. He will also meet with you face to face free of charge. If you cannot make it in, he will be happy to come to you. Or you can email him and he will answer questions.
How does having a lawyer help?
Mr. Flinn advises consulting with a lawyer in any car wreck or incident involving the failure of another to exercise reasonable care. Even a minor accident with injuries can involve complex issues of negligence and insurance law and these issues are multiplied in more serious cases where the stakes are higher. Because of his experience, he can help you know what to expect from your injuries and attempt to minimize their impact on your family. He can help you evaluate the full value of your claim before an insurance company talks you into any kind of settlement.
Can I just settle my claims with the insurance company?
Insurance adjusters handling your claim are trained and skilled at minimizing the claims facing their employers, the insurance company. No matter how nice and fair they seem, they do not represent your best interests. Having a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your best interests can help you understand and develop the true nature of your injuries and the value of your claims. Michael Flinn has had adjusters attempt to trick injured clients into cashing a check for a small amount in exchange for a release. Adjusters may even send you a check unsolicited in hopes that you will cash it. Entering into a settlement with an adjuster before knowing the true value of your claim means you likely will not be able to collect additional compensation for your claim, even if you later discover your injuries are more serious than you believed. Retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer with a proven track record is always the best way to protect your rights and receive the maximum value compensation for your injuries. Settling with the insurance company may also interfere with your rights to collect from your own uninsured motorist coverage.
I was injured, but like many, I am not sure about making a claim. Will I have to go to court?
Most claims are settled out-of-court. Law Offices of T. Michael Flinn settles the majority of its cases. But if not, attorney Flinn will file suit. If the suit has to be filed and your claim still does not settle, you want an experienced litigator on your side.
How do I pay my lawyer?
Mr. Flinn will be glad to talk to you on the phone or in-person at no charge. You owe the firm nothing until you hire him by signing a contract. Then you only pay him out of the money he recovers for you. This is what is called a contingent fee.
The insurance adjuster for the other party is asking me for information. Should I give it to them?
In Michael Flinn’s experience, you should not give a recorded statement or medical information releases to adjusters. There may be exceptions in special circumstances. Generally, he wants to gather all your medical records and information and provide them as a package to the insurance company or the lawyer for the other party.
How long will my case take to resolve?
It is not possible to accurately state a time in advance. The length of time depends on many factors such as whether a dispute exists as to who was a fault, the extent of your injuries, the length of your medical treatment, the speed with which the court hears trials. Attorney Flinn knows any incident that causes injury often causes financial hardship. But if you resolve your claims too quickly, you may not discover the full extent of your injuries nor the proofs to maximize your recovery. He will use his experience to expeditiously resolve your claim without jeopardizing your recovery.
How much is my case worth?
Lawyers cannot guarantee a result. Attorney Flinn can use his more than 35 years of experience to evaluate the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the injured party. To evaluate your claim, he must investigate how the incident occurred and how much proof of liability he has. Then he evaluates your treatment and cost of treatment both in the past and future. There are many additional factors that may affect the value of the case such as prior injuries, prior claims, among many other factors. Mr. Flinn focuses his practice on serious claims so his experience and success in these cases also impact the value.
A note about medical treatment:
The first priority in every injury case is getting the injured party better. Always seek medical attention for injuries. It is not unusual for the adrenaline from the incident to mask the injury. Many of the firm’s clients began suffering from their injuries later. What may seem like minor aches and pains oftentimes indicate more serious injuries. Use your health or automobile medpay insurance to pay for your treatment. In some situations, Mr. Flinn may be able to use his relationships with medical providers to assist you in obtaining treatment on a lien.