Santa Cruz Personal Injury FAQs
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
The costs associated with personal injury can be very expensive. Furthermore,
if an injured individual was not at fault during the accident that caused
their injury, then that individual shouldn't entirely assume the financial
burden that the accident created. An experienced personal injury attorney
will examine the circumstances under which your accident took place, and
will hold those individuals responsible for your accident accountable
for their actions in a court of law. While it may seem clear as to how
and why an accident occurred, the details can often be difficult to decipher.
A skilled injury attorney at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can help determine
who is responsible for your accident.
What is the difference between being awarded damages by the court and settling
out of court?
For starters, settling out of court is essentially a compromise where accident
victims agree to compensation that is less than what they could potentially
obtain in a court decision. Remember, it is important to always keep in
mind that insurance companies are not on your side, and that they will
do whatever is necessary to minimize costs. After all, insurance companies
are businesses, and must maintain profitability in order to continue to
sustain as a business.
A settlement is a one-time occurrence in a personal injury case. Once an
accident claim has been settled, that claim can never again be revisited
by an accident victim. Therefore, it is essential that the services of
an experienced personal injury attorney are retained in all instances
where settling is a likely option. At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP,
our injury attorneys fight to ensure that the rights of our clients are
not infringed upon in any manner. This includes negotiations involving
insurance companies, who tend to be willing to pay out settlement amounts
that are less than what should be expected. Despite the fact that we pay
into insurance policies as a safeguard in the event that we are injured
in some way, we as consumers cannot rely on insurance companies to have
our best interests in mind, especially when they are being required to
pay a monetary settlement amount to us. Luckily, Caputo & Van Der
Walde LLP can make this process as smooth as is possible.
Damages awarded by the court are not contingent upon the decision making
of an insurance company, but are instead stipulated by the court. Similarly
though, in order to attain more than a simply adequate award, it is recommended
that the services of an experienced injury attorney are utilized. While
settling a case is sometimes in the best interest of the client, allowing
the courts to decide is also a valid option. To decide what option is
best for you, please don't hesitate to contact the skilled
injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP today for a free evaluation of your
personal injury case.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
While it's common to assume that lawyers charge astronomical fees (though
some do), the experienced personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van
Der Walde LLP work on a contingency basis, meaning that we won't charge
you unless we get you monetary compensation. Before entering into an agreement
with you to take your case, we will decide upon a prearranged percentage
of your settlement that will ultimately serve as your fee. Otherwise,
there are no up front costs or hidden fees that you'll have to worry about.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee represents a certain agreed upon amount of your eventual
claim that will serve as your legal fee. As the name stipulates, the fee
is contingent upon the fact that you are compensated, and any failure
to acquire such compensation simply means that there will be no fee to
have to worry about. A contingency fee typically ranges anywhere from
33% to 40% of the settlement amount won, and provides clients with the
peace of mind that their attorneys are doing everything in their power
to assure a monetary award being won. As opposed to up-front costs or
hourly fees, contingency fees provide extra motivation for the experienced
personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP to attain
the highest possible settlement amount.