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.

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