Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about personal injury law and about our practice.
For detailed questions and answers about specific types of claim, see our general information pages for the following practice areas:
- Accidents – including motor vehicle accidents, dangerous premises accidents, construction accidents, and dog bites.
- Severe Injury – detailed information on claims arising from specific types of injury, including back, neck, brain, and burn injuries.
- Defective Products – information about defective product claims.
- Medical Malpractice – information and frequently asked questions about medical malpractice claims.
- Job Injuries – detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions about on-the-job injuries.
- Insurance Liability – detailed information and answers to frequently asked questions about Insurance Liability.
- Wrongful Death – specific information and answers to frequently asked questions about wrongful death cases.
Frequently Asked Questions: General Personal Injury Law and Long & Long.
Why do I need a lawyer?
See our article Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
What if I cannot afford an attorney?
At Long & Long, we work on a contingency basis. This means that we never charge our clients for our services until they receive their settlement. This makes our services affordable to nearly everyone. You pay us nothing up front. We get paid when you receive your settlement.
There is absolutely no cost involved in hiring us to represent you unless we recover money for you. Once we recover money for you, we are paid a percentage of what we recover. If we do not recover for you, you do not owe us anything. And, your consultations with us are free. Also, we will handle the property damage portion of your case absolutely free.
Should I accept the insurance company's offer? I need the money now.
In most cases, no. Insurance companies operate by trying to get claimants to accept the least amount they can; and once you've accepted payment, that is considered a final settlement in most cases.
We know that you need your money as soon as possible. So call us as soon as possible, and arrange for your free consultation with an experienced attorney. In some cases, we can negotiate your full settlement right away. In some other cases, we can negotiate a settlement for part of your claim to help pay some of your expenses while we work on some of the more complicated aspects of your claim.
In every case, we will do everything we can to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve, and that you get it as quickly as possible.
There are so many personal injury attorneys to choose from. Why should I choose you?
We understand that you have a lot of choices available to you, and that's why we work hard to set ourselves apart. At Long & Long, our lawyers have the knowledge and the expertise needed to get the most out of the system for our clients. We work with clients like you because we care about victims of personal injury.
Another thing that sets us apart is that we ensure that when you need to talk to your lawyer, you will talk to your lawyer – not a paralegal or an assistant.
Who is responsible for the damages?
Insurance can be confusing. Depending on the complexity of your case, you may have valid claims against several insurance policies-yours, the other driver's, and perhaps your employer's and the other driver's employer's policies.
One of the first things your attorney will do when reviewing your case is to investigate all of the possible avenues for recourse, including applicable insurance policies.
How much is my case worth?
This depends on your case, but your attorney will review two general types of damages: monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages, also called 'actual damages,' include things such as medical bills, current and future lost wages, and losses from property damage. Non-monetary damages include damages that can be awarded for less easily quantified losses, such as pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages, which can be awarded as a sort of punishment if one party's behavior is seen as malicious or especially reckless.
Your lawyer will review your case thoroughly to identify all of your potential losses, and will review these with you in detail. Contact Long & Long online or call (251) 432-2277 to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama today!