Top 5 Personal Injury Questions 1) If I have an attorney, how much does it cost? Breit Law, P.C. handles cases on a contingency fee basis. This means they get a percentage of what you collect. Most personal injury lawyers charge one third of the total settlement or up to forty (40) percent if the case goes to trial. If the case is lost, the attorney gets one-third of zero. This fee means the lawyer will work to obtain the highest settlement possible since they are paid a percentage of what is collected. The contingency fee helps injured clients take on the insurance company and not have to worry about paying expensive attorney’s fees up front. 2) Do I still need to talk to the insurance adjuster after I have an attorney? No. A client should never give a recorded statement to an insurance company. After you hire an attorney, he or she will instruct you not to talk to the insurance company. The lawyer will provide all of the information an insurance company needs to settle your case. Insurance companies will ask for lots of documentation which can be quite burdensome. Lawyers do this all the time so the client no longer needs to worry or be bothered by the process, which seems difficult and overly complicated. Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company. 3) I did not suffer any life threatening injuries but I am still hurt. Do I have a case? Yes. Any person who sustains an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence has a case. Virginia has a General District Court for cases with a value less than $25,000.00. You can get a quick trial date, you can present medical evidence with an affidavit so the doctor does not have to come to court, and a judge decides how much to award. This is commonly known as “small claims” court. It is very helpful in resolving a soft tissue or whiplash type injury case without the expense of having a jury trial. 4) What will I win after my case ends? All settlements must be approved by the client. Insurance companies settle cases based on the amount of the medical bills incurred, lost wages, the extent of the injury, and whether there is permanent injury. The lawyer gets a one-third fee; there are court costs that have been advanced by the lawyer, and medical bills that have to be paid out of the settlement. For example, out of a $30,000.00 settlement, the client may net $15,000.00 after all attorney’s fees, court costs, and medical bills are paid. If the client accepts the settlement, the case is over. If the client wants more, then we go to trial and a jury decides the amount of damages. Damages are awarded for all expenses incurred, and damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, and the affect of the injuries on your daily life. 5) Why should I choose Breit Law, P.C. to handle my case? Breit law has specialized in personal injury cases for almost (40) years. With some of the largest verdicts in the area, Breit Law, P.C. is the law firm many other law firms turn to when they have a difficult or complicated case. If you’ve been hurt in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, call one of the most experienced law firms in Virginia.