Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need an attorney?
If you or a family member experiences an injury, you may benefit from speaking to an Alabama injury lawyer at Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris today. Oftentimes the insurance company for the person who caused the injury will try to settle with you before you have an opportunity to retain an attorney. The reason for this is that the insurance company knows it can probably settle the case for less money if you do not have a lawyer.
We will investigate your case and obtain the necessary witness statements, documents, photographs, and other materials to protect your rights.
How much will Cory Watson charge?
- There is no charge for your visit or telephone call. All your questions will be answered and there is no obligation.
- We never charge a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our fee is a percentage of your recovery.
- We will advance all costs for investigators, experts, filing fees and other expenses associated with obtaining the maximum recovery possible.
- If a recovery is not made you do not pay anything
- We do not charge a fee for helping you settle your claim for damage to your vehicle.
What if I am not able to come to your office?
In the event your injury prevents you from traveling to our office, an Alabama personal injury lawyer from Cory Watson will meet with you at your house, the hospital, or any meeting place you designate.
Are you available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
Yes. Our law firm is staffed so that a Cory Watson employee can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are ready, willing and able to discuss a claim with you 24/7.
Will I have to go to court?
No. If the insurance company for the person who caused the injury is willing to offer a fair settlement, you do not have to bring a lawsuit in order to obtain a recovery. We are skilled at negotiating settlements without filing lawsuits. In the event the insurance company is not willing to negotiate fairly, we will proceed with filing a lawsuit on your behalf.
How much money is my case worth?
We examine all of the conditions surrounding your case in order to arrive at a figure that we believe the insurance company should pay for your injuries. These conditions include how the accident happened, the injuries suffered, the amount of medical expenses and lost income, as well as future medical costs and loss of future income. We study every detail so we can get you the money you deserve for your injuries.
How long do I have to bring a case?
You must file your case within the statute of limitations—a fixed period of time dictated by the law. In many injury cases you are required to bring your case within two or three years from the date of the event that caused the injury. For an explanation of these time limits, always consult with a lawyer experienced in cases like yours.
Can I change my lawyer?
You have the right to change lawyers; however, your initial attorney will usually be entitled to payment for services rendered up to the time of dismissal. The lawyer will be paid from the fee earned at the conclusion of the case. Your new lawyer will usually work out an arrangement whereby the fee is split between the two lawyers.
Should I get a second opinion if an attorney thinks I do not have a case?
Yes. Each lawyer will see each case differently, and some lawyers may not be familiar with the type of case you have. If a lawyer rejects your case it is a good idea to seek a second opinion.
An insurance adjuster wants to settle and says I do not need a lawyer. Should I get one?
Yes, we recommend you consult an attorney in any personal injury case. Remember that the adjustor works for the insurance company. Insurance companies have one goal: settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer to you could fall far short of an amount you could have received with the help of a lawyer. It is a good idea to consult with an attorney at Cory Watson before accepting any offer made to you by an insurance company.
Will my insurance rates go up if I pursue a claim or obtain a recovery?
Every case is different, but generally the party that causes an injury is likely to face rate increases.
When you've been injured in an accident, it's easy to get the help you need—the national personal injury lawyers at Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris are ready to fight for you. Pick up the phone and call us at (800) 900-4800 or fill out our free initial consultation form.
As a leading national injury law firm, we serve clients throughout the country as well as locally, in Birmingham, as well as Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, and Tuscaloosa counties. It takes just minutes to fill out the "Free Case Evaluation," and the initial conversation is free.