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When accidents occur you will likely have several questions that your personal injury lawyer can answer. Jim Adler and Associates can help answer all your accident injury questions, but in addition, we’ve provided several FAQs. These frequently asked questions will help answer some of the common accident questions and concerns you might have with your claim.

What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer represents Americans who are harmed by others’ negligence. That harm can be physical or mental injury caused by a person, a company or other entity. A personal injury lawyer can fight for victims’ rights after injuries caused by defective drugs or products, or injuries in the workplace or a traffic accident.

When Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries which may have long-term effects like brain injuries, amputations, or other debilitating conditions; if a driver did not have insurance or was underinsured; or if you feel your life has been negatively altered due to terrible side effects from a defective drug; it may be time to contact a personal injury lawyer. This, by no means, is an exhaustive list but will hopefully help guide you in the right direction.

How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Make?

The law firm doesn’t charge high hourly billing to clients — a charge which quickly can become very high. Instead, the law firm and client sign a contingency fee agreement by which the law firm is paid only by winning a case, and then from a pre-set portion of the settlement amount, and not from the client’s pockets. Read more about our process here.

What Should I Do After a Hit and Run Accident?

Generally, drivers who commit a hit and run are at fault and thus are responsible for compensating victims of these types of accidents. If the driver is caught, that driver, or his or her insurance company, can be the target of a lawsuit or settlement claim. However, most hit-and-run drivers do not have insurance.

If such a driver isn’t caught later, the burden falls upon you to recover damages for your losses. That means seeking payments from your own insurer. But to make such a claim, you need uninsured motorist coverage with your insurer. You must alert your car wreck attorney that you have such UM coverage or you may pay substantial amounts out of your pocket for damages you did not cause. Read more about it here.

What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

Though any part of your body can be hurt in a car crash, some injuries are more common than others. These can range from contusions or bruises to fractures or broken bones, and also can include burns, paralysis, amputation and cuts, or lacerations. Read more about other common injuries here.

What Steps Should I Take After A Car Accident?

Make sure your auto insurance policy includes coverage against uninsured motorists (UM) and under-insured motorists (UIM). That way, if the at-fault driver who hurts you isn’t insured, you can collect payments from your own insurer.

If you’ve determined that you have proper coverage and have also suffered any injuries as a result of the accident, contact a personal injury attorney to help.
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