No matter what type of injury you sustained, or how you received the injury, it is best to consult one of our personal injury attorneys soon after an accident to help keep you from making mistakes that could otherwise be avoided. We have years of experience and know how to handle these situations.
Below we have outlined many reasons why you should consult with our office regarding your accident and injuries.
Free No Obligation Consultation
Our experienced injury attorneys can do several things for you. First off, our office provides a free no obligation consultation to answer your questions and to assess your personal injury claim. We have years of experience assessing personal injury settlements and litigating personal injury claims to judges and juries.
Secondly, we will always give you our honest opinion and make sure that you know what your options are and what you can expect. It is good to have someone who can give you an objective evaluation and advice as to what steps should be taken to maximize your claim.
Identifying the Need for Representation
At the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. we don’t sign up every case. Based on case details we may conclude that we cannot prove your case. Many times we can provide advice on what you need to do. For example, workers’ compensation claims must be proved by objective medical evidence, and we often recommend you obtain an MRI for the proof needed to prevail in court. Sometimes the work comp carrier is paying your benefits, and you do not need legal representation at the moment. However, we will give you advice on what to expect in the future and when you should call us back for assistance closing out your claim. We can also give you advice on whether or not you’ve been given a fair settlement offer.
Most of our potential clients end up coming back to our office seeking representation due to unreasonable settlement offers or denial of medical treatment. Insurance companies are a big business and insurance adjustors are trained and even sometime rewarded for getting you to take a settlement offer below what should have been paid.
If there is a dispute as to who’s at fault in the accident, or if someone was seriously injured you should contact our office immediately to discuss the facts of the case. Whether you are responsible for the injury or not, our attorneys help ensure you know how to handle certain situations and ensure you don’t make a decision against your best interest. For example, injured workers are oftentimes encouraged to quit their job as it would be “easier” on the company. This is NEVER in your best interest. Our attorneys know how to answer tricky questions, which will help you from making statements that will be misinterpreted or falsely construed. We attempt to get your past medical records for review. There are frequently notations in those records that you have either forgotten or just aren’t accurate, and it is important to know before you give a recorded statement or a deposition.
Insurance companies are likely to start asking questions immediately after the injury and will set up recorded phone interviews. Remember, they are a big business and are in the business to save their company as much money as possible by offering a low settlement. For example, State Farm’s CEO in 2007 earned $11.7 million dollars and State Farm had $5.5 billion in profits. Insurance companies do not make those types of salaries and profits making fair settlement offers to injured victims. We highly advise that you speak with an attorney from our office as soon as possible after an accident or injury so we can help guide you with how to handle these situations ensuring you are building a strong case.
Medical Care / Medical Bills
The Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. works with your health care providers to ensure you are receiving the best care for your injuries. We will provide them with your health insurance information, and we work with you own insurance company. We do not urge you to settle your claim before you are healed, and we work hard to make sure that outstanding bills are covered under your settlement. We can also assist you, when necessary, to obtain a second opinion or in some case request a change in physician if one has been assigned to you in such cases as with a Workers’ Compensation claim.
In addition, our office requests all medical records related to your case and we ensure that before we settle or go to court that we include all medical bills related to the case. Many times, we are able to work with your medical providers and insurance company to reduce the bills ensuring you are receiving the most amount of money possible.
Cost of Representation for Personal Injury Cases
Our office sets all new personal injury cases up on a contingency fee model, which means you only pay if we win your case. Without contingency-fee arrangements, most Arkansans would not be able to afford legal representation to pursue their personal injury claims, regardless of the strength of their cases. In exchange for the personal injury attorneys’ risk of getting no payment at all if they lose, clients agree to give the attorneys a percentage of the eventual recovery if their injury claim is successful. Contingency-fee arrangements are a true win-win situation.
Hiring a lawyer can be a big decision, if you have questions about lawyer fees or want to know more about the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A., call us at 479-361-3575 or contact us today for a free consultation.
Why Hire the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A.?
There are many scenarios which you may need to consult with a personal injury attorney, and in each scenario, it is best to at least meet with us about your case to see what is best for you. It doesn’t hurt to get an opinion, and we can always give you an unbiased one that can help you in the long run.
Please contact the Law Office of Jason M, Hatfield, P.A. today at 479-361-3575. The sooner you call the sooner we can start working to ensure you receive a fair settlement that matches your injuries.
The Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. represents injured Arkansans from all over Northwest Arkansas including Springdale, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville, Berryville, Fort Smith, Harrison and Huntsville.