We know that when you are going through the personal injury claim process, you will have a lot of questions. Silverthorne Attorneys is here to answer all of your questions in order to relieve any stress related to your case. Below are the most common questions we get from our clients.
Who is the Plaintiff?
In personal injury cases, the plaintiff is the person who is filing a claim against the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company. A plaintiff is anyone who has suffered from any kind of harm – whether it is bodily or emotional harm – due to the negligent acts of the defendant. A bystander, witness, or family member of the injured party are all considered to be a plaintiff in a personal injury case.
Who is the Defendant?
The defendant is the person or company named in a lawsuit by the plaintiff. They are deemed the at-fault party in personal injury and property damage cases. In most cases, if the plaintiff wins their lawsuit or settles their claim, the defendant and/or their insurance company will be responsible for paying for damages.
How do I Begin My Case?
One of the most critical things to do after your accident is to seek medical attention right away. Even if your injuries don’t seem serious right after the fact. Some symptoms can take longer than others to materialize. After seeing a doctor, we urge you to research and meet with a personal injury attorney in our office. We will be able to tell you whether or not your case is worth pursuing and how much your case is worth. If and when we determine that your case is worth pursuing, we will take everything from there so you can focus on healing.
What is Considered a Personal Injury Case?
A case is usually classified as a personal injury case when someone has suffered from injuries due to the negligence of another. Personal injury cases range from car accidents, dog bites, food poisoning, etc.
Will I Have to Pay Fees Upfront?
No. You are not required to pay any attorney fees or out-of-pocket fees upfront. One of the best aspects of having a personal injury attorney working on your case is the fact that we work on what is known as a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect on any of our fees unless we win your case. If we do not get you a settlement, we do not get paid.