Answers to Basic Questions about Personal Injury Claims in Tucson
At Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi, PLLC, we have recovered over $100 million in settlements over since 1995. Many people have basic questions about personal injury cases, and we have taken the time to provide you with answers to assist you. We also offer a free case evaluation and an online form so you can easily contact us. You can also call our office for information about a potential personal injury claim or lawsuit.
How much is my case worth?
Every case is valued on an individual basis. The degree of the injuries, whether minor, serious, catastrophic will affect the value of the claim. Both economic and non-economic damages must be assessed. For example, the costs of treatment, rehabilitation, nursing care, transportation, loss of income from work, future estimated financial losses and other hard costs will be valued. Non-economic damages are more personal, and include emotional anguish, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and similar damages. There are also punitive damages which are awarded in some cases, which are intended to punish the responsible party.
How do I choose a personal injury law firm?
There is a great range of skill and professionalism in personal injury law firms. To evaluate the quality of a firm, get information about their case results. If they have achieved victories in the past, this is one way to evaluate their abilities. You need to know that your attorney is a trial lawyer, and is able to present a powerful case in court when necessary. At our firm, 98% of our cases resolve with a favorable settlement. This is due to the fact that we prepare each case for trial. An insurance company will look at our submission and often make the decision that there is little chance of winning in court, and will then move forward with negotiating a settlement. Look for a trial lawyer that has a record of success to represent you. Years of experience are also important with regard to final outcome. You can look at peer review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell® as well. All of the partners at our firm are rated AV Preeminent® - the highest possible rating.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
In order to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, there must be damages. For example, if a doctor made an error, but there was no illness, condition or negative impact upon your health, there is no case. To prove a case, it must be established that another party (or parties) committed an act of negligence that led to injuries, illness, health problems, or loss of life. This could be a speeding, drunk or distracted driver, for example, or a drug manufacturing company that put a medication on the market that had serious, undisclosed side effects, or a medical device that failed to function properly, and so on. Establishing liability is a crucial point in any personal injury case.
Questions About Us: Kinerk, Schmidt & Sethi, PLLC
Why is your firm more qualified than some other personal injury law firms in Tucson?
Firstly, our years in practice make a difference. We have served as counsel in a wide range of injury cases, with great success. There is no substitute for experience, and our legal team has over 120 years of combined experienced. Our partners are Board Certified personal injury lawyers - this credential indicates a much higher level of legal education, as well as experience. We have recovered over $100 million in damages since 1995, and this is another indication of our skills, commitment and dedication to those we serve. All of our partners have the highest possible peer review rating.
Can I expect personal service for my case?
We do not run a "personal injury mill." We operate as a team, with 3 of our staff assigned to each client - an attorney, a paralegal/investigator, and a secretary. Any personal injury case that involves serious or catastrophic injuries or a death due to negligence will require many, many hours of work. Our approach has proven to be extremely successful for those we represent. Your attorney will compile the evidence and the results of the investigation to the insurance company or defendant. In 98% of our cases, a settlement is reached without the need for a trial. In some cases, more than one attorney will be involved, based upon the facts, and the complexity of the case. We are responsive to questions about the progress of each case, and we answer questions within 48 hours. We promise to give your case the full attention and focus that is necessary to get results.