Frequently Asked Questions – You Ask, We Answer
At Campbell & Associates, we want to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible for our clients. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns about your case. Below, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that have been asked over the years. If you have a question that does not appear below, you are welcome to contact our office by calling us at 716-992-2222. We would be happy to go over your case with you.
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Q: What is a personal injury claim?
A: When an individual is injured through the fault of another party, he or she can file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their injuries. This claim allows the injured party to seek all appropriate damages from the at-fault party and his or her insurance company.
Q: How is negligence determined?
A: When determining negligence, the courts will typically look at whether a normal person would have acted in the same manner given the same circumstances. Negligence typically includes an individual’s failure to act or failure to uphold their legal duty of care. For example, a driver’s failure to follow the rules of the road in a car accident case would likely lead to a finding of negligence against them.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that your fees come out as a percentage of the final settlement. This percentage is determined before the case begins. If we do not win a case for you, then you would not owe us anything.
Q: What types of damages are available?
A: Injured victims are typically able to recover compensation for economic costs (medical expenses, lost wages/earning capacity, etc.) and noneconomic costs (pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.). In some cases, punitive damages may be available depending on your case.
Q: What types of cases do you take?
A: We accept all types of injury claims, including those involving boat accidents, airplane accidents, brain injuries, spine injuries, construction accidents, offshore injuries, motor vehicle accidents and more. We also handle wrongful death claims if you lost a loved one in an accident.
Q: What makes your firm different?
A: We are a tight-knit small firm that truly cares about our clients. We don’t treat them as case numbers. Our lead attorney actually takes the time to get to know you on a personal level and to understand your needs. We pride ourselves in being accessible and attentive to our clients.
Q: How do insurance companies handle claims?
A: Each claim is assigned an insurance adjuster who is in charge of assessing the claim and offering the victim a settlement. Their goal is to give you the lowest amount possible without you taking the case to court. It is important to remember that insurance adjusters are not looking out for you – they are protecting the company’s bottom lines. In many cases, you may be entitled to an amount significantly higher than what the adjuster is offering. By talking to an attorney, you can find out whether the adjuster is offering a fair amount, or whether you should take a case to court in order to get the best possible result.