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Should I Hire A Lawyer?
Not every case warrants the involvement of a lawyer.
At Brown & Crouppen Law Firm, we begin by understanding your circumstances and claim. If your case would benefit from the involvement of a lawyer, we provide you with information about how a lawyer can help including the proper gathering of evidence, documentation, and handling of a claim to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
How Much Does A Lawyer Cost?
As personal injury attorneys, we only get paid if you win.
The personal injury attorneys at Brown & Crouppen operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront legal fees or costs. We only get paid if you win.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
It depends on your state and your type of case.
Each state has a Statute of Limitations, which determines how long you have to file a claim. For example, Missouri’s Statute of Limitations for personal injury claims is usually 5 years from the date the accident occurred.
How Long Will My Case Take?
Generally within 1 year of filing a claim.
Many cases are settled within 1 year of filing a claim. How long a case will take generally depends on the complexity of the claim, associated injuries, and other factors. Cases that are more complex often take 2-5 years.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Each case is unique.
Our goal is to help and upon contacting our firm, a legal team will begin working to understand the details of your case. Afterwards, evidence is collected and documentation is created to support the claim. Once the attorney has sufficient details, they may provide you with an estimate regarding how much your case is worth
How Does A Lawyer Help With Negotiations?
Negotiations often begin with a demand letter.
Settlement amounts and negotiations often start with a demand letter, which includes the desired settlement amount for various aspects of the case regarding liability, total damages, medical bills, and policy limits. This is often where negotiations start, and may ultimately lead to further negotiations with the insurance company.
Are Lawsuit Settlements Taxable?
This depends on the circumstances of the case.
It is true that the IRS will not disturb an allocation if it is consistent with what is contained in the settled claims. If the claim is a personal injury case and did not contain an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to the injury in years prior, the full amount is non-taxable.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Response?
Our goal is to get back to you within 24 hours.
Upon completing our free case evaluation form, a team member will get back to you in less than 24 hours. This may vary depending on case type and volume.
What Legal Terminology Should I Know?
Our legal team provides help with legal terminology regarding your case.
Our personal injury lawyers and paralegals frequently used legal terms when discussing cases with their clients. At Brown & Crouppen, we help you understand all of the details about your case, including the terminology.
What is the average personal injury settlement amount?
The average personal injury settlement amount should not be interpreted as a standard amount or expected payout for every case. Each case is unique and most personal injury cases will likely fall above or below the average.
Why is my lawyer taking so long?
There usually isn’t a “one size fits all” answer.
In any given case, there are many elements that can delay a settlement or verdict, which are often out of a lawyer’s control. These elements often include ongoing medical treatments, pending medical records, delayed communication from insurance companies, and court matters.
What are the steps in a personal injury case?
Generally, there are 6 steps that apply to all personal injury cases.
Once an attorney is hired, case investigations begin, insurance policies are reviewed, a demand letter is sent, and then settlement negotiations begin.
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