Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have a case?
- How do you determine what my case is worth?
- Won't I get more money if I file the claim myself and do not have to pay legal fees?
- Should I make statements to insurance adjusters?
- What are your legal fees?
- Under California law, what does compensation cover?
- Is it important to contact a lawyer right away?
- If I am too injured or ill to go to your office, what should I do?
- What if I have more questions?
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- The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker offers free, confidential consultations with no obligation.
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Do I have a case?
The Law Office of Larry H. Parker offers free consultations over the phone to determine whether you have a case. Fill out an online form, and we will call you. Or call our office and arrange a consultation. It is usually a quick matter for you to find out whether or not you have a case.
How do you determine what my case is worth?
While each case is different, we consider the following factors in determining the amount of compensation you are owed:
- Type of injury
- Whether there is temporary or permanent disability
- Loss of function (type and extent)
- Degree of residual pain
- Past medical bills
- Estimated future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Whether to seek punitive damages (extreme and deliberate wrongful actions caused injury)
Won't I get more money if I file the claim myself and do not have to pay legal fees?
While it might seem so, this is usually not the case. Insurance companies use skilled negotiators who are trained to protect their best interests. Delaying and denying claims or proposing very low settlement offers are their usual tactics. People generally receive far greater compensation when represented by a skilled personal injury lawyer, even after legal fees are deducted.
Should I make statements to insurance adjusters?
It is wise to seek legal advice before making any statements to insurance adjusters. You should never allow them to record your statement unless your lawyer advised you to do so. Insurance companies typically try to obtain statements that they can use in the case to absolve their client of liability. If they can get you to say you were not badly injured or if you fail to fully describe all your symptoms, they will claim that certain symptoms did not arise from your injury. They try to use statements you make to their advantage, not yours.
What are your legal fees?
Unless we win your case, you do not owe us a dime. All costs for legal work are advanced. Your initial consultation is free. You have no out-of-pocket legal expenses, and when we win your case, we take a percentage of the amount recovered.
Under California law, what does compensation cover?
Under California law, you may recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages usually include:
Non-economic damages usually include:
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker has very skilled and experienced attorneys. If your injury was extreme and deliberately caused or the negligence was criminal, we may pursue punitive damages as well, depending on the circumstances of your case, Courts award punitive damages in an effort to set an example that discourages others from committing similar abuse or negligence and to punish wrongdoers.
Is it important to contact a lawyer right away?
Yes, because there are time limitations on filing claims. Different types of accidents and injuries have claim filing deadlines. If your claim is not filed within the designated time, you lose the opportunity to seek compensation for your accident or injury.
If I am too injured or ill to go to your office, what should I do?
We can evaluate your case over the phone. You do not have to come to our office. Our field representatives can come to the hospital or your home to handle paperwork with you. We can also work with a family member if you are too ill or injured to fill out forms by yourself.
At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we try to make the legal process as easy and simple for you as possible.
What if I have more questions?
Our consultations are free and we will be glad to answer your questions. Call (877) 702-9562 or contact us online today.