Frequently Asked Questions
1. What if I am in a motor vehicle accident and I do not have health insurance coverage?
In many situations, a lawyer can provide your health care provider on your behalf a letter of protection that informs the health care provider that medical expenses will be paid should you receive personal injury settlement.
2. What if I am in a motor vehicle accident and the driver who caused the collision does not have car insurance?
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and the driver that caused the motor vehicle accident does not have car insurance or inadequate car insurance coverage, you can file an uninsured or underinsured motor vehicle claim against your car insurance policy.
3. What if I am in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that I was partially at fault for the collision?
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and it is determined that you were 50% at fault and the other driver was 50% at fault, you would recover 50% of your damages. However, if it is determined that you were more than 50% then you would recover no damages.
4. What if I am in a motor vehicle accident while I am working?
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while you were working, you can file a workers’ compensation claim and a claim against the driver that caused the motor vehicle accident.
5. How much is my motor vehicle case worth?
No two cases are the same, there are many factors that determine how much your motor vehicle case is worth including the facts surrounding the motor vehicle accident, the extent of your medical treatment and whether you sustained a permanent injury, past, present and future medical expenses, whether you lost time from work, future work capacity, and more.
6. When will I receive money from my motor vehicle accident?
Depends. Typically you should not settle your motor vehicle case until you have completed your medical treatment and your medical provider has provided your attorney a final report outlining your medical treatment, your medical costs and expenses, and whether you sustained a permanent disability as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Due to the severity and complexity of your injury, the time frame can vary.
7. What if I am not satisfied with settlement offer from the insurance company?
If you are not satisfied with the settlement offer from the insurance company, you have a right to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, take him to court, and have your case decided by judge or jury.
8. How long does it take to settle a case once a lawsuit has been filed?
It depends on the jurisdiction where you case if filed and the complexity of the case. Typically, it takes between 1 ½ to 2 ½ years from the date lawsuit is filed to when the case will be decided by a jury. HOWEVER, at any time during the pending lawsuit, the parties can reach a settlement agreement.
9. How much does it cost to file a lawsuit?
Shepro & Hawkins, LLC will handle your motor vehicle case on a contingency fee agreement basis. A contingency fee agreement means that Shepro & Hawkins, LLC will charge you a percentage of the settlement amount ONLY if you recover monetary damages. In addition, Shepro & Hawkins, LLC will pay all costs including court filing costs, marshal costs, and expert costs. If you do not recover monetary damages, then Shepro & Hawkins, LLC will not charge you an attorney fee or costs.
10. Who decides whether to settlement my case?
You do! The lawyers at Shepro & Hawkins, LLC strive to provide you with advice and information necessary for you to make an informed decision. However, the decision whether to settle your case is yours.